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Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loved by millions across the globe, but to a very young child Santa can be scary. Children ages 2-3 may experience anxiety about strange looking people. If your child hesitates to sit with Santa, avoid forcing the issue, or keep your child in your arms and stand in for a family photo.

Grandparents eagerly await the holidays so they can spend quality time with their grandchildren, but if your tot hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spent much time with his or her grandparents, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect the child to quickly warm up to his relatives. Give your child time to meet and greet relatives, and to approach them when ready. Ask relatives to hold off on picking your child up, or hugging or kissing your child until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready for the attention.

Fear of Strange Grumpy Behaviors Sounds or Due to Change in Sights Routines Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love holiday music and beautiful light displays? Young children may not welcome strange sights and sounds, and loud and unfamiliar noises may be especially scary to them. Introduce a timid infant or toddler gradually to these strange experiences, so heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn to love them as much as you do.

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Think the sea mixed with the North Pole – with lots and lots of light bulbs. Dancing fish, dolphins, and porpoises will entertain you along the boardwalk, in addition to more traditional holiday stars, like Santa, his elves and beautiful trees. This is your only chance to drive on the boardwalk –and you can enjoy holiday music as you do with the price-included CD you’ll receive. You’ll see why the Southeast Tourism Society named this a “Top 20 November Events” and the American Bus Association listed it as a “Top 100 Events in North America for 2011.” Drive into the holiday spirit Sunday–Thursday, 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m. and Friday–Saturday, 5:30 p.m.–11 p.m. The cash-only price is Monday–Thursday, $10; and Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, $15 for cars; limos: $25, busses: $45, and mini-busses: $25. A limited number of combo tickets for this and the Norfolk Botanical Garden of Lights are available for $20.

For 20 years, Newport News Park has been transformed with over 800,000 individual lights to create animated and beautiful holiday scene. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this event, Virginia’s first drive-thru lights display, decorators have added a new 300-feet long animated tunnel of lights, new tubes to create the effect of falling snow, new grapevine light balls, and a new 22-feet tree. Green-friendly visitors will be happy to know that all new display pieces added since 2007 use LED lights that result in a savings of approximately 30 percent on electrical cost compared to incandescent bulbs. Older displays are being refitted with LED lights. On Friday nights, the first 500 vehicles will receive a promotional gift. Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. through New Year’s day. The price is $10 per car and $60 per bus (cash, credit cards, and checks made payable to the City of Newport News are accepted; advance/ gift tickets may be purchased at the Newport News Visitors Center). Call 926-1400.

Regent University’s Founders Inn and Spa The Inn celebrated its 21st Grand Illumination in November and keeps the lights on nightly through the holiday season. Walk the gardens for free and enjoy some 100,000 lights at your leisure before or after dinner at Swan Terrace, or while attending one of Founders Inn in Virginia Beach (424-5511) many special events. Planned family activities include:

Teddy Bear Tea (Dec. 1,2,7,8,9,14,15,16,21,22,and 23)

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Evening with Santa (Dec. 21, 22, and 23)

Dress your children in their PJs and snuggle up to hear Santa read The Night Before Christmas at 6 p.m. and serve milk and cookies.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, but it’s almost a completely new place during the holiday season. Millions of lights dance each night as guests enjoy special shows, rides and food. Zip through the cold air on Verbolten, the park’s newest rollercoaster (that goes indoors as well as out), and climb to the top of the park on “Nacht Tower” (otherwise known as Mach Tower) and enjoy a slow, spinning ride down 240 feet so you can view the park like Santa and his reindeer would. Then warm up with some special peppermint fudge hot chocolate or other treats at one of the many restaurants. The fun is available select nights until Dec. 31 and prices start at $27.50. See details at http:// www.christmastown.com/va.

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Dominion Holidays at the Gardens Join in the 18th year of this drive-through event at Norfolk Botanical Garden – and experience all the lights in new way, too, with the Million Bulb Walk, from November 17-21, 2012 and January 1-6, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The price for walking is $10 per person ($8 per member), 2 and under free. You can enjoy the sparkle of lights rain or starshine. Also come out until Dec. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. to see the beautiful displays from the comfort of your car. General admission is $15 per car or $13 for members. Discounts are available with a Food Lion MVP card for $14 MondayThursday. Military night is Monday and $7 with military or USAA ID. On Tuesdays, members with a valid ID card can drive through for only $7 as well. Tour busses $125. A limited number of combo tickets for the McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Oceanfront and the Norfolk Botanical Garden of Lights are available for $20. Call 4415830 ext. 319 for more details and to learn about these special events.

Ride the Polar Express (Monday-Thursday until Dec. 20 at 5 p.m.)

Listen to the popular story and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies before hopping on the tram to tour the lights. The price is $10 or $8 for members. Please call for 441-5830 ext 338 reservations soon; several sessions were already sold out as we went to press.

Sundays with Santa Dec. 2, 9 or 16

Members are invited to join the Garden staff at 4 or 5:15 p.m. for a night of holiday happiness. Enjoy cookie decorating, making a holiday craft, and listening to The Polar Express. Santa will be there, too, and you can hop on the tram to tour the Garden’s lights. Book now; many times are already sold out. Call 441-5830 ext. 338 to leave details for your reservation. The price is $15, and remember, it is for members only. If you need to become a member first, you can do so online at http://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/getinvolved/become-a-member/.You will receive a confirmation call.

Winter Wonderland Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

The former Courthouse Galleries (400 High Street) opened its holiday show of the collection from the Coleman Nursery back in November and will continue to keep its doors open until Dec. 31. Enjoy the beautiful display for $3, and participate in these special related events to get into the holiday spirit. More details are available by calling 393-8543.

Gingerbread House Workshop Dec. 1 and 2

Build your dream house from 1011:30 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. on Dec. 1 and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2 after seeking inspiration with a stroll down Gingerbread Alley, a collection of gingerbread creations by local business and schools. Preregistration is required, and there is a workshop fee. For information and to register call 757-393-8983, ext. 23 or vannoyk@portsmouthva.gov. This activity is presented by the Children’s Museum of Virginia at 221 High Street, Portsmouth.

Here Comes Santa! Parade Dec. 8

This annual event gets under way at 5:30 p.m. Join the crowd at High Street Landing where Santa will arrive by fire boat with a police boat escort before joining the parade in a horse-drawn carriage. Santa will greet the crowd at Court Street and join in the entertainment at the Court Street Stage. Call 393-8983 for more information.


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After the presents are unwrapped and the dinner consumed, hop out to see this fun movie on Christmas Day. Billy Crystal plays an old school grandpa whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accustomed to calling the shots. But he meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. You guessed it -- 21st century problems collide with Artie and Dianeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old school methods of tough rules.

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Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite little clownfish surfaced this year when a 3D version of Finding Nemo was released in theaters. Now it gets a Five-Disc Ultimate Collectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edition, including a blu-ray, blu-ray 3D, DVD and digital copy, all in highdefinition with cool interactive 3D bonus features. You know the story: In the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin (Albert Brooks), an overly protective clownfish, embarks on a daring rescue mission when his beloved son, Nemo, gets scooped up by a diver. With his unforgettable friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) by his side, Marlin encounters an ocean full of characters on his momentous journey

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5. Measure and cut two 2- by 4-inch red felt rectangles and wrap around each clothespin to create arms. Glue in place. 6. Glue arms vertically to the can. 7. To create boots, cut two long, narrow rectangles from black felt. Glue to the front of the nutcracker. 8. Cut a thin strip of craft fur and glue around the top of the head to create hair. 9. Cut a rectangle from craft foam that measures approximately 2 ½ - by 9-inches. Wrap just above the top portion of the can to create a hat. Glue in place. 10. Cut a small triangle from craft foam to create a nose. 11. Glue wiggly eyes and nose to the face then create a long mouth with markers.

3. Measure and cut felt rectangles to wrap around each section of the can to create blue pants, a red jacket and a pink face. (Note: rectangle sizes will vary according to the measurements in step 2.)

12. Embellish the hat, jacket and pants with trim, ribbons, buttons, rhinestones, sequins, fabric paint, etc. Let dry.

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1. Fill lid with Playdough.

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2. Place posterboard on flat surface. On one long edge, create large zigzag lines to make the points of the crown. Cut out points. 3. Paint crown with metallic paint. Let dry. 4. Embellish with rhinestones, sequins and gold trim. 5. Form into a cylinder shape to fit around your head. Secure with tape.

2. Place the bottom side of the pinecone into the clay to create the tree base. 3. Use toothpick to place a dot of glue onto one tip end of a pine cone branch. Top with a bead, sequin or glitter. 4. Repeat step 3 for other pine cone branches. Let dry. 5. To create snowfrosted trees, mix equal parts of shaving cream with glue and paint onto pine cone branches. Sprinkle with iridescent glitter and let dry.

2. Use markers to create facial features. 3. Draw two small, pink rectangles at the base of the clothespin to create ballet slippers. 4. Wrap pink pipe cleaner around the body, leaving ends open to create arms. Glue in place. 5. Cut and glue a strip of pink ribbon for the tutu. 6. Cut and glue a strip of gold ribbon for the crown. 7. Glue pompom to the back of the head to create a hair bun.

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free to zoo members. Virginia Zoo, 3500 Granby St. (N) 441-2374, ext. 229

Battle of Great Bridge Commemorative Re-Enactment – 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Enjoy re-enactments of the Battle of Great Bridge and the Battle of Kemp’s Landing, demonstrations of colonial life, encampments, historical exhibits, colonial character portrayals, merchants and children’s actitivies. Battlefield Park-South, near the Great Bridge bridge, 120 Reservation Rd. (C) 382-6411 or CityofChesapeake.net/PREvents

Paint Days – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Every Tuesday and Thursday. Paint your own picture in the Kids Gallery. Peninsula Fine Arts Center, 101 Museum Dr. (NN) 596-8175 or www.pfac-va.org

Scuba Santa - 11 a.m. and continues Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 23. Catch a glimpse of the jolly ole’ elf swimming with the fishes in the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium. Free with Aquarium admission. Virginia Aquarium, 717 General Booth Blvd. (VB) 385-FISH or www.virginiaaquarium.com

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December 2012 Ongoing Winter Wonderland – 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. opening weekend and continues until Jan. 1. Enjoy the holiday season as the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center becomes a Winter Wonderland offering old and new holiday traditions, many of which stem from the renowned Coleman Nursery Collection. Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, 420 High St. (P) 393-8543 50 Great American Artists - 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and continues until Jan. 13, 2013. This exhibition will include masterworks by popular artists, familiar names in the history of art, and works by other artists, less familiar. Peninsula Fine Arts Center, 101 Museum Dr. (NN) 596-8175 or www.pfac-va.org Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Experience the journey of the Magi around you in the Virginia Living Museum’s state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater! Since 1965, the museum has journeyed in the footsteps of the magi. Over the years, the scientific thinking has changed, archeology has revealed new clues, and our understanding of who the magi might actually have been has grown. Included in museum admission until the lower level of the museum reopens, then the fee returns to $4 plus museum admission. Detailed schedule at thevlm.org. Museum is closed Dec. 24-Dec. 25. The Virginia Living Museum, J. Clyde Morris Blvd. (NN) 599-1900 or www.thevlm.org Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived – 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and continues until Feb. 17, 2013. The 60-foot shark is a silver, medal shark that is a hallow replica of a megalodon in which guests can walk through. Virginia Aquarium, 717 General Booth Blvd. (VB) 385-FISH or www. virginiaaquarium.com Clifford the Big Red Dog – 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and continues until April. Join Emily Elizabeth, Clifford and their friends on a tour of Birdwell Island as you explore Clifford’s Big Ideas with this traveling exhibit. Virginia Air and Space Center, Settlers Landing Road (VB) 727-0900 and www.vasc.org Downtown Hampton on Ice – 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and continues February 3, 2013 Enjoy the

Peninsula’s only, covered, outdoor ice skating rink, next to the Virginia Air and Space Center, Settlers Landing Road (VB) 727-0900 or www. vasc.org

December 1 Gingerbread House Workshop – 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m.- 4 p.m. Transform gingerbread houses into edible winter wonderlands with a delicious assortment of candies and other treats, as sounds of the season fill the air. Pre-registration is required. Children’s Museum of Virginia, 221 High St. (P) 393-8983 ext. 23 or vannoyk@portsmouthva.gov Nautical Holidays – 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and continues Dec. 15 and Dec. 22. Celebrate the Holiday Season and make your own nautical-themed holiday ornament while learning about holiday traditions throughout history. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, High Street (P) 393-8591 www. portsmouthnavalshipyardmuseum.com Christmas Food and Craft Markets - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Dec. 15 The event will feature live music, pony rides (Dec. 1 market only), and crafters with a wide variety of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items. Vendors will also offer meats, cheese, produce, eggs, baked goods, and more. Parking Lot behind Bank of Southside Virginia, Historic Downtown Smithfield (SM) 375-3031 Holidays Around the World- Family Days – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a day with the family exploring the museum, making arts and crafts, going on special tours and more as you discover other cultures and holiday celebrations. Santa is inviting children to travel with him as he makes his annual dry-run of his trip. This program is free with Museum admission. Kids 5 and under are admitted for free. The Mariners’ Museum, 100 Museum Dr. (N) 596-2222 or www. MarinersMuseum.org

December 1-2 Photos with Santa – 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Dec. 15 Why go to the crowded mall, when you can bring your entire family, including your favorite furry friends. $5. Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, Corner of High and Court St. (P) 393-8543

Sundays with Santa - noon- 3 p.m. and continues Sundays until Dec. 23 Join Santa and his elves in the Marsh Pavilion for festive and fun activities. Virginia Aquarium, 717 General Booth Blvd. (VB) 385-FISH or www.virginiaaquarium.com

December 3 Duct Tape Crafts – 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Make a tech case and a lanyard out of duct tape. Registration required. Age 10-up. Princess Anne Area Library, 1444 Nimmo Pkwy. (VB) 385-2610

December 4 ZooTales - 11 a.m. and continues every Tuesday. Enjoy story time at the zoo and meet an animal or two. Activity included with Zoo admission: $7 adults, $5 children 2-11, $6 seniors 62 and over,

Parent-Child Interactive Learning Playgroups 9:30 a.m. – noon and continues every Tuesday and Thursday. Circle time activities include children’s songs, music with instruments, finger plays. For children birth to five years old. While children participate in their interactive learning sessions with staff, parents will have an hour to enjoy the Parent Cafe discussion on the parenting topic of the day. First visit is free, $25 for unlimited playgroups. First Baptist Church Newport News, 12716 Warwick Blvd., (NN) 886-6511 or delores_ price@bshsi.org

December 5 Parenting on the Same Page This Holiday Season - 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. If you disagree with your parenting partner about what’s important during the holidays, this free workshop is for you. The holiday season can add stress to parenting as couples consider how to blend family traditions, spend time with extended family and budget for gift giving. CHKD Health Center at Oakbrooke, 3rd floor conference room, 500 Discovery Dr. (C) Register online at www.chkd.org/classes. Early Expeditions - 11 a.m. Every Wednesday, bring your toddler to the Conservation Station in the Bay and Ocean Pavilion to solve an animal mystery. Virginia Aquarium, 717 General Booth Blvd. (VB) 385-FISH or www.virginiaaquarium. com

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FREE programs on children’s health and wellness

Happiest Baby on the Block This class for expectant and new parents will review the first months of baby’s life while teaching techniques to soothe even the fussiest infant in minutes and help baby sleep longer. Participants will receive “The Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD by Dr. Harvey Karp and a soothing sounds CD.

Saturday, December 15, 10 a.m.-Noon CHKD Health and Surgery Center at Princess Anne 2021 Concert Drive, Virginia Beach Presented by

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December 6 Toddler Trek Thursdays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 a.m. Toddlers enjoy song and animals. Virginia Aquarium, 717 General Booth Blvd. (VB) 385-FISH or www. virginiaaquarium.com Tickle My Ears: Modern & Contemporary Galleries -10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. This unique storytelling program for pre-kindergarten children with stories and songs to help them appreciate art. Reservations are not necessary for individuals, but please call 333-6239 for group reservations. Chrysler Museum of Art, 245 W Olney Rd. (N) 664-6200 or www.chrysler.org

December 7 Smithfield Christmas Tree Lighting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:30 p.m. Free concert by the Smithfield High School Band, a message by Rev. Jeff Cannon, Special surprise tree lighting guest. Enjoy soup or chili. Smithfield Center, Main Street (SM) 344-5839 Preschool Story Time -10:30 a.m. This early literacy weekly program provides skills to children and to encourage them to become lifelong readers. Lafayette Branch Library, 1610 Cromwell Dr. (N) 441-2284

December 8 HAPPY HANUKKAH! Here Comes Santa! Parade â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:30 p.m. Santa will arrive by Fire Boat, escorted by the Police Boat and will join the parade in a horse drawn carriage. Santa will disembark at Court Street, where entertainment will be provided. High Street Landing and Court Street Stage (P) 393-8983 History for the Holidays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Enjoy ornament making and living history. Step back in time and witness what a Civil War winter encampment with the 3rd Virginia Infantry Regiment. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, High Street (P) 393-8591 www. portsmouthnavalshipyardmuseum.com Smithfield Christmas Parade -11 a.m. Enjoy an old fashion Christmas parade. Downtown historic Smithfield, Main Street (SM) 357-5182. Breakfast with Santa - 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Enjoy breakfast with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ol Saint Nick! This family event features make-ntake activities for children, a seated breakfast and photos with Santa. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are required. Virginia Air and Space Center, Settlers Landing Road (H) 727-0900 or www.vasc.org

December 9 The Snow Queen and Friends Winter Holiday Picnic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m. Enjoy a fantasy picnic with sing along songs, Santa stories and a tasty snack. Visit Winter Wonderland and take home a holiday favorite. Advanced registration is required. $8 members,

$11 non-members, includes admission to Winter Wonderland. Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, High Street (P) 393-8543

December 10 Toddler Time 10:30 a.m. Is your child too old for Babygarten but not quite ready for Preschool Storytime? Toddler Time is perfectly crafted for your two-to-three-year-old, and combines three elements toddlers love: stories, playing and singing. Registration is required. Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave. (N) 441-1750

December 11 Christmas Leftovers Cooking Class â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. The Casual Gourmetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday cuisine classes are three-hour sessions are open to the public, cost $60 and run from 6-9 p.m. weekdays. Pre-registration is required. Visit: www.casualgourmet.com for complete information. Culinary Institute of Virginia at 2428 Almeda Ave. (N)

December 12 Holiday Crafting -4 p.m.-5 p.m. Make a Hanukkah craft or an ornament for the tree. Lafayette Branch Library, 1610 Cromwell Dr. (N) 441-2843

December 13 Trivia Night â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Teams and individuals compete for prizes! Refreshments will be served. All ages welcomed. Barron F. Black Branch Library, 6700 E. Tanners Creek Dr. (N) 441-5806

December 14 Gingerbread House Family Workshops - 6 p.m.and continues Dec. 15 at 2 p.m., Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. Kids and parent make gingerbread house from scratch from baking to final house. Young Chefs Academy,1554 Laskin Rd. Suite 106 (VB) 422-4337 and 741 Eden Way North #310 (C) 547-8787 or www.youngchefsacademy.com Hurrah for the Holidays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 p.m. and continues Dec. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. Featuring holiday favorites from yesterday and today, precision kick line dancers, a celebration of all faiths and a 100% chance of snow. T.C.C. Roper Center, Granby Street (N) 627-5437 or www.hurrahplayers.com

December 15 Happiest Baby on the Block - 6:30-8:30 p.m. This class will help mom and dad navigate the first months of babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life while learning how to soothe even the fussiest infant in minutes and help babies sleep longer. CHKD Health Center at Oakbrooke, 3rd floor conference room, 500 Discovery Dr., (C) 668-7402 to register

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Happy Hanukkah, My Friend â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 p.m. this funny and heartwarming play tells the story of an unlikely group of kids who learn the true meaning of Christmas. A holiday tradition in Hampton Roads, this one night only event is presented with Happy a short program celebrating the Festival of Lights. T.C.C. Roper Center, Granby Street (N) 627-5437 or www. hurrahplayers.com

December 16 Rainbow Puppets Present The Night Before Christmas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and continues Dec. 23. One of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beloved childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poems teams up with one of Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beloved stars as legendary entertainer Mickey Rooney narrates. Included with $3 admission. Children Museum of Virginia, High Street (P) 393-8543

December 17 Holiday Workshop 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. and continues until Dec. 21. Get ready for the holiday season with a different project every day. Van Wyck Branch Library, 1368 DeBree Ave. (N) 441-2844

December 18 Learning on Laptops for Youth - 4 p.m.5:30 p.m. Youth ages 8-18 will learn computer skills on laptop computers, Registration is required and is ongoing online at www.nngov.com/library/ custom/onlinereg or call 247-8677. Pearl Bailey Library, Wickham Ave. (NN) 247-8677 or www.nngov.com/ library

December 19 Wednesday Weekly Story Time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10:30 a.m. Enjoy stories, a craft and cookies. Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 12170 Jefferson Ave. (NN) 249-2488

December 20 Baby Care 101 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Class for expectant and newborn parents who want to learn about providing a safe and secure environment for their infants. Plenty of time to ask questions about the first year of life. Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg 119 Bulifants Blvd., (W) 564-7337 press option 5 then 3. Register at www.chkd. org/classes. Stroller Tours â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 p.m. Stroll and roll into our galleries on the third Friday of the month for a guided tour of the Museum and engaging adult conversation. Adults and their young children (under the age of 18 months) are welcome. . Chrysler Museum of Art, 245 W Olney Rd. (N) 664-6200 or www. chrysler.org

December 21 The End of the World Party â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 p.m.12 a.m. Enjoy planetarium programs, laser shows, fun world-ending activities for kids and adults, prize raffles and more. Observing begins after sunset and continues throughout the evening. Observing and activities are free. Shows are $6 each, double feature $10. See â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star of Wonderâ&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laser Holidaysâ&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m., â&#x20AC;&#x153;2012: The End of the World? NOT!â&#x20AC;? at 8 and 10 p.m., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lasers at the End of the Worldâ&#x20AC;? at 9 and 11 p.m. The Virginia Living Museum, J. Clyde Morris Blvd. (NN) 599-1900 or www.thevlm.org

December 22 Story Time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m. Hear Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and see a live great horned owl. Virginia Living Museum, J. Clyde Morris Blvd. (NN) 599-1900 or www. thevlm.org Sailing with Santa - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Take a 45-minute cruise on Owls Creek with Santa and his crew! Enjoy refreshments, games and activities. What a unique photo opportunity! Costs: $17 each (infants up to 12 months are free). Reservations required. Call (757) 385-0300. Virginia Aquarium, 717 General Booth Blvd. (VB) 385-FISH or www.virginiaaquarium.com

December 23 City In Lights Art Exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. This focused, first-floor exhibition in the Kaufman Theatre Lobby explores the urban metropolis as a source of poetic and visual inspiration for photographers across generations and continents. Scope Arena, 201 Brambleton Ave, (N) 664-1000

December 24-25 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

December 26 Under the Rainbow â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. This begins a commemoration of the upcoming Centennial anniversary of World War I. This exhibit tells the story of the officers and men of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rainbowâ&#x20AC;? Division from its inception at Camp Mills, New York in the summer of 1917, across the battlefields of France, to the end of the war in 1919. MacArthur Memorial, City Hall Avenue and Bank Street (N) 441-2965

December 27-28 Season of the Super Hero â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. Come down and meet Marvel

favorites SpiderMan and Captain America. Spider Man will appear from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. each day. Captain America will appear from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. each day. Included in regular admission. Nauticus, Waterside Drive (N) www.nauticus.org

December 28 Lego Club - 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Bring your friends for a Lego party. All creations will be put on display. Larchmont Branch Library, 6525 Hampton Blvd. (N) 441-5335

December 29 Stories and Breakfast with Daddy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 :30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Have a yummy breakfast treat, share a good story and do a craft with Dad. Little Creek Branch Library, 7853 Tarpon Place (N) 441-1751

December 30 Take a Holiday Dip-Into Chocolate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30 p.m. Maryann Boho of the Williamsburg Chocolatier will be a special guest for museum visitors who are interested in eating chocolate as well as cooking with chocolate. Boho will offer hands-on, easy chocolate dipping techniques as well as providing participant as opportunity at making candy out of chocolate. Free with PACC admission $3. Portsmouth Arts and Culture Center, High Street (P) 393-8543

December 31 Noon Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noon. Meet special animal friends from the Teeny Tiny Farm. Celebrate New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at noon with a special guest. Meet Bubbles the Clown. There will also be games, crafts and other fun activities. $10 in advance, $12 at the door for all special activities. Non-members also pay museum admission. The Virginia Living Museum, J. Clyde Morris Blvd. (NN) 599-1900 or www.thevlm.org New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Celebration â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Countdown to noon with a glittery ball drop, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and toast to the New Year at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center. Then head over to the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum to create your own festive party accessories to help you celebrate. Families can enjoy all these fun-filled, friendly New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festivities all before bedtime. Portsmouth Art and Culture Center and Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, High Street (P) 393-8543 Countdown - 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 p.m. Children and adults get ready for games, activities, and sparkling beverages (non-alcoholic) in the Aquariumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Promenade Room. Free with Aquarium admission.Virginia Aquarium, 717 General Booth Blvd. (VB) 385-FISH or www.virginiaaquarium.com


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