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Olde Towne Tree LIghtning

NOVEMBER 22: 4-8PM

Kick off the holiday season with our tree lighting, music and snow from Snow Wonders, and holiday shopping from local vendors. The Children’s Museum of Virginia Gift Shop and the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Gallery Shop will be open.

Pony Rides

NOV 29 & 30 ;DEC 21 & 28: 12PM-4PM

Children can enjoy pony rides in the Middle Street Mall.

Doorway Singers

NOVEMBER 30: 5-7PM & DECEMBER 7: 1-3PM

The Doorway Singers bring their Victorian-themed attire and ambiance to the Children’s Museum of Virginia. This quartet of talented local singers provide great holiday cheer.

Shop Small Saturday

NOVEMBER 30

All Museum Shops – Shoppers enjoy a 20% discount at all of our museum shops. Additional discounts do not apply. The greater discount will be applied at the time of purchase. Discount does not apply for consignment items.

Museum Store Sunday

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

All Museum Shops  Shoppers enjoy a 20% discount at all of our museum shops. Additional discounts do not apply. The greater discount will be applied at the time of purchase. Discount does not apply for consignment items.

25% Off

DEC 6 – DEC 8

Members and City of Portsmouth employees enjoy a 25% discount on items this weekend. Additional discounts do not apply. The greater discount will be applied at the time of purchase. Discount does not apply for consignment items.

Glass Ornaments

NOV 29 & DEC 6: 4-8 PM

Children’s Museum of Virginia – Visitors can paint their very own glass ornaments. The glass ornaments offer a unique and eye-catching surface onto which participants can color their own designs using special paints that adhere to the glass surface.

Special Day for Special Needs

DECEMBER 8: 9-11AM

Join us for a special holiday edition just for our special guests. We’ll open the museum early with time to explore the exhibits, holiday crafts, special guests, and back this year is Sock Skating. Be sure to visit the first floor for fun, games, and “skating” in your socks!

Origami Ornaments

DECEMBER 13, 20, AND 27: 4-8PM

Capture the essence of holiday icons using simple paper-folding methods to render Santa ornaments, wreaths, dreidels, and other seasonal imagery. Rich Gray, an expert in this traditional Japanese art form, will help guests create their very own Origami ornament.

Violin

DECEMBER 14: 11AM-12PM and 1-2PM

Enjoy live Celtic fiddle music performed by Portsmouth’s own Colin McGlynn. McGlynn is twelve years old and has already performed overseas, winning first place awards in Virginia and third place nationally.

Thai Shadow Puppet

DECEMBER 14 & 21 FROM 4-8PM

Dancing holiday puppets will add magic to the imagination with these playful Thai-style shadow puppets, including The Abominable Snowman and Elf Off the Shelf. These are just 2 designs that kids and their families can construct and color themselves.

Swing TIme Jazz

DECEMBER 21: 12-2PM

Children’s Museum of Virginia – Swing into the holidays with a live performance by Swing Time Jazz Trio headed by saxophone musician Larry Weintraub. Don’t miss live seasonal tunes for the holidays.

Rainbow Puppets

DECEMBER 23 & 26: 11:30AM AND 1:30PM

Special guests, the Rainbow Puppets, present “Home for the Holidays with Mother Goose and Red Riding Hood.” Stop by for a puppet show of songs and stories.

Musical Story Adventures

DEC 24, DEC 30, JAN 2, JAN 3
10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm

Children’s Museum of Virginia

Be ready to clap, sing, and dance to the music with these interactive storytimes.

Winter Camera

DECEMBERr 27 & 28: 1-4PM

Freeze the fun with family and friends during the last few days of winter break by saying “cheese” in our photo-booth. This picture-taking feature is included with admission, and provides an instant memory for your family.

DECEMBER 28: 4-8PM
DECEMBER 29: 1-5PM

Children’s Museum of Virginia – Local art teacher Bill Tippit guides visitors in the unique art of airbrush painting to create their own winter scenes.

DECEMBER 31: 11AM-2PM

Celebrate the New Year with a noon glittery ball drop and juice toast. Face-painting, magic, and balloon-making will take place prior to the countdown, along with a photo-booth and refreshments. Visitors can also enjoy wagon rides. Families can enjoy these New Year’s festivities – all before bedtime!

STEM Studio

Open Saturdays and on additional dates
December 27, December 30, January 2, and January 3:12:30-4:30pm

Children’s Museum of Virginia – STEM Studio provides a learning experience based on STEM curriculum–Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, for the whole family.

Sock Skating

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 31 (CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY)

Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays-Thursdays and Holiday Mondays, December 23 & 30: 9am-5pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 9am-8pm
Sundays: 11am-5pm