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Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Spring/Summer 2018 Magazine

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Contents Tourism Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center Instructional Classes Youth Programs Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter Active Lifestyles Community Centers Athletics Aquatics Golf Parks & Leeward Marina Museums & Historic Services Special Events

Need Help? If you need special assistance or if you cannot find what you are looking for, please . . . Call us at 757-926-1400 or Email us at

Newport News Tourism 4 Taps 4 Cities As a way to introduce you to our newly developed Toast the Coast: Beer, Wine & Shine Trail, Newport News Tourism invites you to participate in its 4 Taps 4 Cities challenge. Simply experience one brewery in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and Smithfield, ask each brewery to stamp your entry form, and then submit the form to our Visitor Center to receive your very own Toast the Coast beer-opening koozie. Visit 10 breweries and you will receive both a koozie and a Toast the Coast T-Shirt. While enjoying the Toast the Coast Trail, please remember to drink responsibly. Historic Hilton Village, a neighborhood built to provide wartime housing for workers at Newport News Shipbuilding, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018. Activities include historic lectures, exhibits, concerts, theatrical and musical productions, a spring garden tour; a porch art tour, “A Taste of Hilton” restaurant week, a 4th of July parade on Main Street, Memorial and Armistice Day remembrances at the Victory Arch, and more! The neighborhood will host its Centennial Grand Celebration in July.

Michael Poplawski Director Tammy Jordan Assistant Director, Recreation J. Michael Nealer Assistant Director, Parks Cindy Brouillard Director of Tourism

Main Office: 700 Town Center Drive, Suite 320 Newport News, VA 23606 Website: Phone: 757-926-1400 Fax: 757-926-1460

Hot off the press! The 2018 Newport News Visitor Guide is a great resource for anyone expecting visitors to the area, planning a reunion or simply interested in learning more about Newport News. Coupons offered in the guide provide discounted admission to some of our most popular attractions, plus there’s a coupon for 25% off any purchase over $20 at the Newport News Visitor Center gift shop. We also print a quarterly calendar of events flyer that lists festivals, art shows, lectures, exhibits, fairs and other special events for a three-month period throughout the calendar year. Pick up these free publications at the Newport News Visitor Center.

Newport News Visitor Center

13560 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23603 Open Daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, 757-886-7777

Did you know that our Visitor Center is also a great place to shop for that special souvenir? Visit us and find out for yourself!

• Information • Souvenirs • Discounts


Building Community Through the Arts 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 · 757-247-8950 ·

DGCAC’s Summer Camp - Production of The Lion King Experience June 18 - August 11th · Monday - Friday · 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM · Extended Care Available Until 5:30 PM This theatrical summer camp program features a curriculum designed to introduce students to a wide range of skills in the performing arts. Dancing, singing, acting, drumming and instrumentation, set and costume design will all be covered during this 8-week performance camp. The program will culminate in a 60-minute adaptation of the sensational Broadway production on August 9th, 10th, and 11th.

Signature Events March 3

My Sister’s Keeper: Ladies in Red Concert & Award Show

March 10

The 3Sixty Concert Series: Taylor McFerrin & Chantae Cann

March 16

Hidden Gems Dance Series: Pearl

March 17

The Saga of Faith Mission

March 29

Pearl 100: Live Tribute


Anderson Johnson Gallery Working in the Spirit: The Visionary Art & Life of Elder Anderson Johnson, 1915 – 1998. Peer into the world of one of our city’s most prolific folk artists.

Rental Facilities

With flexible spaces for up to 400 attendees, our beautiful, modern rooms are fully equipped with A/V hookups, tables and chairs. We also have a professional caterer’s kitchen.

Newport News Community Gallery Highlighting local youth and adult artists, this gallery features rotating shows throughout the year. APR: HIDDEN GEMS - PHOTOGRAPHY JUN: BLACKER THE BERRY - RAY JOHNSON JUL: LEGACY OF BEULAH FOX - HEATH FAMILY

April 4

Brightstar Children’s Theater: Rhyme Time!

May 18

Featured Event

June 16

Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival

Hidden Gems Dance Series: Emerald Becoming Queen starring Nina Brewton

July 21

Brightstar Children’s Theater: “Alice in Wonderland”

April 20, 2018


Programs & Classes Unleash your creativity with our workshops for all ages! Classes include steel drum ensemble, photography, visual arts, spoken word & more! SPRING BREAK FASHION & DESIGN CAMP APRIL 2-6

The Newsome House

2803 Oak Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607, 757-247-2360| Open for visitors & tours: Thurs. - Sat . 10:00 am - 5:00 pm The Proclaiming Our Voices Writer's Series - feat. Monica Pretlow March 10, 2018 - 2pm-5pm Join us as we celebrate and honor Monica Pretlow, a local author on the rise. Monica is the author of A Cup of Encouragement. Come and be inspired and uplifted. This event is free and open to the public.


Instructional Classes Fun learning for all ages For our current class descriptions, schedules, locations, registration fees, and pictures: visit and click Online Program Registration or call 926-1400.

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Add a splash of color to your life! Express yourself, learn a new skill and meet some new friends. No matter your age or ability, we have opportunities for creative fun and relaxation. Acrylic Painting Drawing & Painting for Teens & Adults Art for Home School Students Mixed Media Oil Painting Painting with Instruction Pee Wee Picassos Young Artist Learning Explorers


The Digital Age is upon us and omputers are being used regularly for both work and play. Learn animator amd design techniques to create video games, motion graphics and special effects.

Computer Animation & Video Game Design: Robots Computer Animation & Video Game Design: Castles Computer Animation & Video Game Design: Planes, Trains & Automobiles Computer Animation & Video Game Design: Part 2 Adobe Photoshop Making Toys Move (Stop-Motion Lego brick animation)

Are you an aspiring chef or baker? Have a sweet tooth or just want to try something new? If you answered “Yes” you’ll want to take a bite out of our tasty classes, workshops and camps that are available all year-round. Chocolate Making – It’s All About Dipping Chocolate Candy Bouquet Arrangement Kid’s Animal Print Cookie Decorating Kid’s Holiday Cookie Decorating Kid’s Valentine Cupcake Decorating Parent/Child Chocolate Making Workshop

Dance From the grace and beauty of ballet to the

energy and excitement of hip-hop, dance is an engaging and contagious form of expression and exercise. Whether it’s jazz, tap or freestyle, our classes will get you up and moving to the music! Ballet - Level 1 & 2 Ballet, Tap & Jazz Ballet/Jazz - Level 1 Ballet/Tap - Level 1 Ballet & Tap Combo Hip Hop Dance – Beginner Jazz/Tap - Level 1 Tiny Tots Ballet Polynesian and Hula

City Arts Dance Company City Arts Dance Company is looking for you! The Company is an auditioned recreational dance group for boys and girls ages 4.5 to 16. Dancers have weekly technical training in Ballet, Jazz and Tap, as well as many other dance genres, and the Company performs at local festivals, competitions, and shows. If you have 1 - 2 years of dance experience, a love of dance, and shine on stage, then City Arts Dance Company is perfect for you! Auditions for 2018-2019 season are on June 23 at Denbigh Community Center (15198 Warwick Blvd., 23608) and August 18 at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (570 McLawhorne Drive, 23601) at the following times: Ages 4.5 - 6 from 11 am - 12 pm Ages 7 - 9 from 12:30 - 2 pm Ages 10 - 16 from 2:30 -4 pm For more information or to register for audition, contact us at

Fun learning for all ages Instructional Classes

Fabric & Thread Whether you are a life-long


needle-worker or you just received your first sewing machine, Instructional Programs offers classes that teach you how to knit, sew, quilt and hem! For specific class information and pictures, visit and click Online Program Registration or call 926-1400. Hemming Knitting Quilting Quilting Lock-ins Needle & Thread Thursdays Scandinavian Sweater Sewing – Beginner & Intermediate Adults Love to Sew I & II Kids Love to Sew I & II Understanding Your Sewing Machine Zipper Practice


Gymnastics classes are offfered to participants as young as 10 months old! Throughout our progressive programs, qualified instructors assist young gymnasts in developing total body strength, balance, coordination, tumbling skills and confidence. Big Kid’s Gym Boy’s Gymnastics – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Creative Movement Dynamic Duo I & II Girl’s Gymnastics – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Gymini Crickets I, II & Advanced Gymnastics Playgroup Home School Gymnastics Tumbling for Cheerleaders Tumbling Toddlers Young Gymini Crickets Spring Recital Spring Break Camp Summer Camp

Join Our Gymnastics Team The Riverview Gymnastics Flipateers are a recreational team for boys and girls ages 4 to 16. The team competes in gymnastics meets and performs at local events and parades. If you have a love of gymnastics, would like to build strength, and improve flexibility, agility, and power, than the Flipateers are perfect for you! The Flipateers will hold tryouts for 2018-2019 season at Riverview Gymnastics Center (125 City Farm Road, 23602) on the following schedule: Superkids Boys (Ages 4-8) – Tuesday, May 8 from 5 - 8pm Boys Level 4 & up – Thursday, May 10 from 5 - 8pm Superkids Girls (Ages 4-8) – Friday, May 11 from 5 - 8pm Girls Level 3 – Saturday, May 19 from 4 - 8pm Girls Level 4 & up – Sunday, May 20 from 1 - 5pm For more information about the Riverview Gymnastics Flipateers or to register for tryouts, contact us at

Riverview Gymnastics Center Gymnastics Camps Experience a week of gymnastics in our fully equipped gym with preschool and olympic sized equipment, plus a full sized tumble track. Instructors will demonstrate and teach new skills and drills throughout the week and focus on developing coordination and strength.

Notes for Gymnastics Classes:

Preschool Gymnastic Camp – Girls & Boys ages 4 - 6 yrs (9 am - 12 pm) Our preschool camp is geared toward the needs of children ages 4 to 6 years. With this in mind, our primary objective is to develop their motor and social skills in a fun environment. In addition, there will be time for creative dance and interactive games!

·Long hair should be pulled back ·Leotard or shorts with a tucked-in tee shirt are acceptable attire ·Participants should enter the gym with bare feet ·Parent participation is required for children under the age of 3

Beginner-Advanced Gymnastics Camp – Girls & Boys ages 6 - 14 yrs (9 am- 5 pm) Activities will include the use of olympic sized gymnastics equipment, a tumble track, games, strength and conditioning training. Our primary objective is to improve physical development. Participants will be grouped based on age and skill level.

6 Instructional Classes Fun learning for all ages Health & Fitness Intimidated by big gyms? Need

help getting motivated? Whether you have a specific fitness goal or just want to push yourself to the next level, we offer classes for all ages and fitness levels.


Have you have ever wanted to learn to read music and play an instrument? Innovative and fun classes are offered to both children and adults with instructors teach the basics in comfortable and interactive environments.

Beginning Yoga Buns & Tums Group Indoor Cycling Hi/Low Combo Fitness Mixxed Fit Step & Sculpt Zumba

Adult Guitar Clarinet Ensemble Fun Piano Adventures Guitar or Ukulele Adventures Keyboarding Fun for Adults & Seniors Learning with Hymn Little One’s on the Drums Make Your Own Instruments Music & Motions (a percussion based music class) More with Music More with Music (Part 2 Piano, Guitar, Ukulele) Piano Adventures Jr


Personal Development Everyone can find some

American Sign Language – Beginner & Intermediate

Heartsaver CPR, First Aid & AED Intro to Aviation – Ground School Typing 101 Word Processing Spreadsheets Presentations

Communication is at the center of everything we do in life. It is one of the most important aspects of work and play. Understanding how to communicate with others and learning new languages helps improve memory, decision-making and perception.

way to better themselves and Instructional Programs wants to help! With our Personal Development offerings, we attempt to provide classes that can introduce you to a new skill, reward you with a certification or continue with a favorite hobby.


We offer non-competitive sports classes in safe and fun environments. Starting at age three and continuing through adulthood, our classes teach skill development and team work.

Martial Arts Newport News Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s martial arts-oriented classes promote fitness, confidence and self-disicpline.

Whether you’re looking for basic self-defense or a grappling system, our class sizes allow more personal attention from qualified instructors at prices that can’t be beat! Aikido Hapkido Self Defense Japanese Sword Arts Kindai Ryu Jiu-Jitsu Kung Fu – Children & Adults Shito-Ryu Karate Shorin-Ken Karate Tae Kwon Do Youth Fitness Karate

Basketball Skills & Drills Beginner Boxing for Children & Adults Boxing Orientation for Children & Adults “Little Sports” Class Flag Football Academy Ice Skating-Beginners Ice Skating-Kids Beginner Ice Skating-Tiny Tots Intermediate Boxing for Children & Adults Field Hockey Skills & Drills N Zone Jr. Golf N Zone Jr. T-Ball Parent & Child Soccer Soccer Skills & Drills

Fun learning for all ages Instructional Classes

Three Ways to Register for Instructional Classes In Person Registration: Step 1: Stop in at any of our community centers or facilities. Registrations can be paid by check, money order or credit card (Visa, MC or American Express only).

Step 2: Staff will email a receipt after payment.

Phone Registration: Step 1: Call 926-1400 or call any of our community centers to register with a credit card.

Step 2: Staff will email a receipt after payment.

Online Registration: Step 1: Online registration can be done from the comfort of your home any time of day and paid for with a credit card. Go to www. and click Online Program Registration and create an account. This is an easy process and only needs to be done once. If you need assistance please call 926-1400 or stop by one our centers or facilities.

Step 2: After creating your account, you are ready to register for any of our classes, trips, programs or events. Please understand that there is a convenience fee which is non-refundable. Step 3: You should receive an immediate receipt from ActiveNet. You may check the status of your registration anytime by logging into your ActiveNet account. If you cannot access your ActiveNet account call 926-1400.

Enjoy your class! We love to hear your feedback. If you have any suggestions on how we can better serve you, please let us know. Thank you!

What is “ActiveNet” and Why Would I Want to Use it? ActiveNet is an online registration system where you can register for classes, programs, and sports leagues offered by Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism. For fee based programs, you pay online when you register. A convenience fee is charged per transaction. This system allows you to register at your convenience . . . 24 hours a day! Registered users receive information about special discounts and new programs. Your information is stored, so you will not have to reenter your contact information each time to sign up for a new class or program.

No computer? No problem, you can always register by phone or in person at any of our recreation centers.


Registration Information for Instructional Programs Registration Dates: Registration will open on the first Monday of the month prior to the session beginning. Sessions begin: January (Winter), April (Spring), July (Summer), October (Fall).

Payment: Registration fees must be paid in full before participating in any Instructional Program. We do not accept cash. Please make checks or money orders payable to the City of Newport News. When making a payment with a personal check, a picture form of identification is required. Credit Cards are an acceptable form of payment as well. Please do not include supply fees with class registration. Enrollment: Upon opening, registrations are accepted on a “first come, first served basis.” Most classes have a maximum number of participants for quality and safety assurances. Please note that early registration is recommended. Classes that do not meet the minimum number of participants will be canceled. Please register early to help keep classes open. Liability: Before participating in any Instructional Program, participants and/or legal guardians must agree to the waiving of liability by the City of Newport News and the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department. Due to the strenuous nature of some activities, the participant is urged to consult a physician before participation. Some activities present inherent risks and hazards, which the participant is urged to consider, and which the participant assumes. Inclement Weather Policy: During inclement weather,

Instructional Programs will be closed if the City of Newport News is closed. If the City opens on a delay, classes and programs held before facilities open will be rescheduled. Classes and programs scheduled after facilities open will run as scheduled. In the event Newport News Public Schools dismiss/close early, Instructional Programs’ classes will operate until facilities close. Classes and programs scheduled to run after facilities close will be rescheduled. During class sessions, participants may call the Instructional Programs notification service at 757-926-7277 or visit the Facebook page (Newport News PR&T – Instructional & Facilities) for the most up-to-date information.

Refunds: Participants who register for classes which are canceled, will be called with alternative class options or may opt to request a credit or a refund. Enrollee assumes the risk of changes in personal affairs or health. Registrations received by check will receive a check refund, which has a processing time line of approximately 3 weeks. Cancellations: Classes that fall on City holidays will be rescheduled to a later date. In the event the instructor is unavailable, the class will be rescheduled for a later date. Parents: Children under the age of thirteen (13) must have an adult guardian on premises at all times. Parents may watch any class through the viewing glass, where available. Parent participation is required with all children under three (3) years of age and in all parent/child classes. Registration for parent/child classes is for one parent and one child. A second child of the same age group may register and attend with the same adult. Unregistered children may not be present or participate in classes (including children in car seats, carriers and strollers).

Do have an idea for a new class? Interested in becoming an instructor? Call us at 757-926-1400!

8 Youth Programs Playing with a purpose Bridging the Gap Between School & Home

Spring Fling Camp We ensure kids have plenty to stay occupied at our Spring Fling camp, April 2 - 6, 2018. Camp hours: 6 am – 6:30 pm at both Brittingham-Midtown Community Center and Denbigh Community Center.

Health Youth Day & Summer Camp Expo Youth Programs will be hosting the 4th Annual Healthy Youth Day & Summer Camp Expo Saturday, April 7 from 1 pm – 5 pm at Patrick Henry Mall. Youth and parents will enjoy healthy activities from food preparation to fun fitness. In addition, we will showcase all summer camp options, programs, and events offered by Parks, Recreation & Tourism.

World of Wonder Summer Camp Youth Programs is the ideal place for children to develop socially. We offer several different programs that include Before and After School Care for both Elementary (Kindergarten – 5th Grade) and Middle School (6th – 8th Grade) and an all-day Early Childhood Program (3 – 5 year old) at 23 different locations for kids ranging from 3 years old – 8th grade.

Summer Camp is offered at multiple schools throughout the city as well as the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center and Denbigh Community Center, from June 18, 2018 – August 10, 2018. This summer’s theme is World of Wonder! Kids will explore the many different wonders of the world through weekly themed activities, sports and recreation play. Summer camp also includes field trips to various locations like Rebounderz, Busch Gardens, Ocean Breeze, Bounce House, Cinemark and other fun places. August 13 – August 24, 2018, We consolidate all summer sites to Brittingham-Midtown Community Center and Denbigh Community Center.

Programs are conveniently located in elementary schools or community centers where the children can be transported by bus to and from school. No matter the location or age, children are able to explore their talents and abilities with activities in music, reading, home living, community exploration, science, art, and drama. Youth Programs fills the necessary gap between home and school while providing a safe, nurturing, and caring atmosphere.

Mission: Providing opportunities for building social character, promoting healthy lifestyles, and developing creative thinking though recreation and leisure activities.. To register for any of these programs, please visit our website: or call us at 757-926-1400!

Helping our furry friends

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Adoption Hours: Monday: 12 pm- 5 pm Tuesday: closed Wednesday: 12 pm - 5 pm Thursday: 12 pm - 5 pm Friday: 12 pm - 7 pm Saturday: 11 am - 5pm Sunday: 12 pm -5 pm Owner surrenders, reclaims and stray drop-offs:

Volunteers Needed!

5843 Jefferson Avenue Monday -Sunday 8 am - 5 pm Newport News, VA 23605 757-933-8900 Adoption fees: Adult dogs: $50

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is always looking for volunteers with a passion for helping animals and their community! We have a need for animal care, dog walking, cat socializing, administrative, off site events, fostering and so much more! See our website for information and the volunteer application.

View Our Adoptable Pets at: http://www.petango/ PeninsulaRegional AnimalShelter

Small dogs (under 30 lbs)/ puppies (under 1 yr): $100 Adult cats: $50 Kittens: $60 Senior animals (over 8 yrs): $38 Senior animal to senior adopter (65 + yrs): Fee is waived Pocket Pets: $5 - $40 depending on the type

Check our Facebook page for adoption events!

Purchase a Pet Paver. Pet Paver sales helped us to create our new outdoor area.

• Pet rescue • Enforcement of City animal regulations • Public education on proper animal care and licensings • Nuisance wildlife • Feral animal problems

For more information call 757-595-PETS

10 Active Lifestyles Adding Life to Your Years Ages 50 & up

Adding Life to Your Years When Older Americans Month started in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns started growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.” Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons, in particular those who defended our country. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and activities (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living).

Phone: 757-926-1400 E-mail: Website: Mission Statement: To provide opportunities for active living. Find us on FACEBOOK!

The 2018 Older Americans Month theme, “Engage at Every Age,” supports the idea that you are never too old (or too young) to take part in activities that can enhance your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Recreational activities play a pertinent role in the well-being and quality of life of older adults. Furthermore, engaging in recreational activities can fulfill a range of essentials needed to maintain and promote the Seven Wellness Dimensions - Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Social, Spiritual, Environmental, and Vocational. The goal for both the Active Lifestyles Program and Healthy People 2020 is to improve the health, function, and quality of life of older adults. The Active Lifestyles Program also honors older citizens and celebrates the diverse ways that older adults are adding life to our communities through civic engagement, volunteering and participating in activities. Active Lifestyles encourages everyone to “Engage at Every Age” while taking part in activities to improve health and fitness, meet new friends, and learn a new skill. Please join the Active Lifestyles Program in May as we host a number of activities to celebrate the month, including the 19th Annual Senior Amateur Golf Classic held at Newport News Golf Club on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, as well as an afternoon concert provided by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Denbigh Community Center on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 2 pm. Please pick up a copy of the Active Lifestyles Newsletter for a complete listing of specific events (Source: Healthy People 2020).

Engage at Every Age! #OAM Doing Anything Special This Year? May 11 - 12 Virginia Senior Games Pickleball

May 16 Senior Amateur Golf Classic

May 16 - 19 Virginia Senior Games

May 29 Virginia Symphony Orchestra

June 7 Afternoon Line Dance

September Lifelong Citizen Awards Ceremony

September 14 Fashion Elegantes Fashion Show

Various Dates Peninsula Dance Party

December 12 Yuletide Program

Classes Class Sessions Begin: April 9 and July 9, 2018. Registration opens one month prior to each session.

For a complete listing of Active Lifestyles classes with descriptions, visit and click Online Program Registration. Active Lifestyles Classes are offered at various times and skill levels to meet the needs of the beginner to advanced students. Art Drawing Water Media Oil & Acrylic Painting Advanced Oil Painting Oil Painting & Other Mediums Crafts & Hobbies Ceramics Upholstery Jewelry Making Learn to Play Bridge Knitting & Crochet Clubs Computers

Pick up a copy of the Active Lifestyles Newsletter at any recreation center for a complete list of current classes, trips and special events.

Dance Line Dance (Basic Steps, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) Health & Well-Being Yoga Tai Chi and Body-Mind Practice Movin’ On Essentrics: Aging Backwards Boot Camp for Seniors Walk With Ease (WWE) Active Living Every Day (ALED) Tai Chi (Shibachi) Balance, Stability & Mobility: Aging Backwards Mask Making AARP Defensive Driving Courses Two-day refresher course is open to all registered drivers at: • Brittingham-Midtown Community Center • Denbigh Community Center • Hilton Senior Center • Doris Miller Community Center Call Community Centers directly or visit

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Active Lifestyles Programs trips include day, overnight, and extended-travel opportunities: • International Restaurant Tour: Colonial Williamsburg, April 24 • Mid-week Retreat to Dover - May 2 - 4 • Mystery Tour - June 2018 • International Restaurant Tours: Kuba Kuba (Cuban) - May 22 • International Restaurant Tour: Bier Garden (German) - June 19 • International Restaurant Tour: Port Arthur (Chinese) - July 17 • Harrington Raceway & Casino - August 4 • Lancaster, PA Play: Jesus - September 7 - 8 • Smithsonian - Washington, DC - September/October 2018 • Autumn Day Tour, TBD • Harrington - December 29 • Upcoming International Restaurant Tours: Japanese, Southern Cuisine, Caribbean, Bangladesh Coming in 2019: • Cherry Blossom Cruise - Spring 2019 • Riverside Dinner Theater - Spring 2019 • Niagara Falls, Canada - June 2019 • Cumberland Foliage Scenic Railroad - Fall 2019 Check out the complete listing of trips in the Active Lifestyles newsletter or call Lucy at 247-2451 or Carla at 591-4850 for information.

Where Everyone Knows Your Name Make new friends at our Centers! Each of our Active Lifestyles Centers offer weekday social hours, clubs, classes, fitness activities and special events. Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (BMCC) 570 McLawhorne Dr., Newport News, VA 23601 757-591-4853 Hilton Senior Center (HSC) 605 Hilton Blvd., Newport News, VA 23605 757-247-2451 or 757-247-2453 Doris Miller Community Center (DMCC) 2814 Wickham Ave., Newport News, VA 23607 757-247-8622

Join the Movin’ On Class at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center!

You can register for classes . . . Online at:, click Online Program Registration. By Phone: 757-926-1400 In Person: At any Active Lifestyles Center or the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Office (700 Town Center Dr.)

North Newport News Community Center (NNN) 605 South Ave., Newport News, VA 23601 757-591-4850 Denbigh Community Center (DCC) 15198 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23608 757-812-7900 Courthouse Way Community Center (CWCC) 14302 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News, VA 23608 757-886-7929

12 Community Centers Your neighborhood place for fitness & fun Brittingham-Midtown Community Center 570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News, VA 23601 757-591-4853 • 50m Indoor Pool • Gymnasium • Indoor Walking Track • Dance Rooms • Two Performance Stages • Multi-purpose Rooms • Open-air Pavilion • Outdoor Playground

The Aquatic Center offers lap swimming and classes and Open Recreation is offered in the gymnasium. This center is also home to an Early Childhood Program and an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up).

Courthouse Way Community Center 14302 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News, VA 23602 757-886-7929 • Dance Room • Kitchen • Conference Room • Multi-purpose Rooms “Fabric and Thread” Instructional Classes are held here and it is home to an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up).

Denbigh Community Center 15198 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23608 757-812-7900 • Double Gymnasium • Indoor Walking Track • Fitness Room • DCC Cafe-Concessions • Multi-purpose Rooms • Outdoor Playground • Outdoor Fitness Stations The “young” can find fun at an Early Childhood Center and the “young at heart” can meet new friends at an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up). The double gymnasiums host sports competitions and Open Recreation hours.

Doris Miller Community Center

2814 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 757-247-8603 • Gymnasium • Indoor Walking Track • Fitness Room • Game Room • Multi-purpose Rooms • Outdoor Pool

This center offers Open Recreation hours every week and is home to an After School Homework Club and an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up).

See page 18 for Doris Miller Pool Information!

Doris Miller After School Program Doris Miller is offers an after school program for school age children that promotes social, emotional and physical development. This program offers home work assistance/ computer time, creative arts and craft projects, challenging gym activities, table games, fun excursions, special events and much more. Sign up today! For more information call 247-8622/8603. Register online at www.Redefining Yearly Fee: $50.00

Riverview Gymnastics Center 125 City Farm Road, Newport News, VA 23602 757-591-4853 • Gymnastics Area • Tumble Trak • Dance Rooms • Multi-purpose Rooms Our competitive gymnastics and dance team train here along with preschoolers learning their first somersaults. Birthday parties and camps keep this center “jumping.”

Community Center Room Rentals Rental times are based on availability and reservations must be made no later than thirty days prior to and no sooner than six months prior to an event. Call the center for details and availability.

Open Recreation Hours

Denbigh Community Center Playground

These are times when you can come play sports without being on a team. It is free and open to the public. You must register at the front desk and check in with staff. Hours are designated by age and by which sports are available. Call or visit the center for current times.

Leagues and great places to play

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Huntington Park Tennis Center 340 Hornet Circle, Newport News, VA 23607

Telephone 757-926-1507; Fax 757-223-0560 Email Tennis Professional- Harvey Robinson, Recreation Program Coordinator- Jeannette Davis, jddavis@ The Huntington Park Tennis Center offers a variety of activities on 20 lighted hardcourts. Classes and clinics are taught by City Tennis Professional, Harvey Robinson. Tournaments and leagues are also offered along with racquet stringing, ball machine and backboard rental.

Monthly, April - October FREE tennis court usage, includes on and off court games; tennis, corn hole, obstacles course, etc. Racquets and tennis balls provided.

Hours: Monday - Friday - 3 pm - 8 pm Saturday- 8 am - 1 pm Sunday- Based on tournaments or other activities Facility Amenities & Programs: Court Rental: $5.50/hour per court; Newport News Residents – Tennis Time – Wednesday, $2.75/hour, April - October. (Proof of residency required.)

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8 am – 1 pm April 21 • May 19 June 23 • July 14 • August 18 September 8 • October 20

Tennis Leagues: (6 weeks session) Singles - $40/person, Doubles - $20/person. Call for session start dates. Tournaments: Call for schedule, updated frequently. Racquet Stringing: $15 (own string), $21 - 28 depending on type of string. Private Lessons: ½ hour = $20, 1 hour = $35, semi-private = $18/ person, minimum 2 persons. Ball Machine Rental: $12/hour includes court rental. $75/8 visits (punch card must be used April - October). Prereservation required. Backboard Rental: $7/hour includes court rental. $40/8 visits (punch card must be used April - October). Pre-reservation required. Clinics: “Shot of the Day” First and Third Sunday; “Doubles Trouble” Second and Fourth Sunday; 1 pm - 2 pm; $14.

Instructional Tennis Classes:

All classes are held year round and are taught by Harvey Robinson or his trained staff. Each class session is held on a monthly (4 weeks) basis. Check class listing, time and location online. •

Bouncers - Quick Start, ages 4 - 9 - No experience. Focus: hand and eye coordination, basic tennis terms and strokes with an atmosphere of fun and games.

Advanced Youth - Some experience with tennis terms and strokes, can rally with tennis pro. Focus: movements, tennis strokes, rules and scoring.

Beginner, ages 10 - adults - No experience. Focus: basic terms, area of the courts, rules and tennis strokes.

Future Aces - Has experience/knowledge of all basic strokes, is somewhat consistent in hitting and has basic knowledge of match play. Future Aces is for players that have just started to play tournaments or have played very few of them.

Intermediate (Adult Level) - Experience and knowledge of basic terms and strokes, has experience playing in leagues and tournaments. Focus: adding and fine tuning game and learning strategy.

Tournament - Much experience. This level player is playing tournaments, may play on a high school team, is consistent and has knowledge of the rules of match play.

We offer lessons for age 4 & up!

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Ages 5 - 18


(beginner – intermediate level)

Super Heroes Tennis Camp June 18 - 21; Registration deadline June 11

Space Tennis Camp July 23 - 26; Registration deadline July 16

Sea World Tennis Camp August 20 - 23; Registration deadline August 13

9 am - 1 pm daily Huntington Park Tennis Center Fee: $130/per person, includes daily snacks For more Information, call 926-1507 or email

An Achievable Dream Tennis Center 1300 Ivy Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 Telephone 757-247-2428; Fax 757-223-0560; Email: This facility consists of 4 indoor tennis courts or 3 indoor basketball courts on a tennis hard-court surface. The building is air-conditioned and heated for year round comfort. The center will be scheduled to include specific times for tennis, basketball and various other athletic programs to include open recreation times for basketball. The facility offers facility rental for tennis, basketball and cheerleading and other activities, liability insurance may be required. Additional fees may apply for use of special equipment and set-up.

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How to Register for Youth and Adult Sport Leagues

YOUTH SUMMER BASKETBALL Boys and Girls, ages 7-15 (League age as of July 1, 2018)

In Person Registration:

In person registration: June 1 – June 7, 2018.

Central Athletic Office- Warwick Recreation Center 29 Copeland Lane, Newport News, Virginia 23601 Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturdays 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Closed Sundays Office 757-591-4892 Additional in person registration sites: • Brittingham-Midtown Community Center • Courthouse Way Community Center • Denbigh Community Center • Doris Miller Community Center • Oyster Point City Center • Riverview Gymnastics Center Hours vary at these sites. These sites only accept credit, check, or money order (NO CASH).

Online Registration: You can register for any of these activities on ActiveNet. Search for the sport at https://apm.activecommunities. com/nnparksrectourism. Online registration through ActiveNet will not be available for football, baseball or softball.

Upcoming Youth League Registration Dates FALL YOUTH FOOTBALL & YOUTH CHEERLEADING Registration begins in May. Registration dates vary by organization.

Registration Dates: Online registration begins May 1.

Registration Site: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers throughout the City. What to Bring: • Parent/Guardian. • $35 participation fee for City of Newport News residents. • $50 player participation fee for non-city residents. Contact: or Athletic staff at 757-591-4892. FALL OUTDOOR YOUTH SOCCER Boys and Girls, ages 5-17 (League age as of Sept. 1, 2018) Registration Dates: Online registration begins July 1. In person registration: August 1 – August 7, 2018. Registration Site: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers throughout the City. What to Bring: • Parent/Guardian. • $40 participation fee for City of Newport News residents. • $55 player participation fee for non-city residents. Contact: or Athletic Staff at 757-591-4892.

FALL YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL Registration dates are in August but vary by organization. Contact or call the Athletics office at 757-591-4892 for more information. New leagues and organizations are forming all the time!

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Adult Sport Leagues

Stoney Run Athletic Complex

SPRING ADULT SOFTBALL Men and Women. Men’s and Coed teams Interest Meeting: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Denbigh Community Center. Contact: or Athletic Staff at 757-591-4892. FALL ADULT SOFTBALL Men and Women. Men’s and Coed teams Interest Meeting: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Denbigh Community Center. Contact: or Athletic Staff at 757-591-4892. SUMMER ADULT FIELD HOCKEY Men and Women. Coed teams Players must be 18 years or older. League age as of June 1, 2018. Registration Dates: • Online registration begins April 1. • In person registration: May 1 – May 8, 2018. Registration Site: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers throughout the City. What to Bring: • $25 player participation fee for City of Newport News residents. • $40 player participation fee for non-City residents. Contacts: or Athletic staff at 757-591-4892

Want to rent a gymnasium or an athletic field? For a gymnasium in a community center, call the center where the gymnasium is located. For outdoor athletic fields or the Warwick Recreation Center Gymnasium, call 757-591-4892. The Warwick Recreation Center (29 Copeland Lane) is available during non-operational hours for an hourly fee of $25/hour. You must submit advance contract and payment. Rental reservations and contracts must be completed at the Warwick Recreation Center. Some insurance regulations may apply. Additional fees for use of special equipment and set-up.

15194 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23608 757-886-7868, Fax 757-886-7870 Five multi-use athletic fields • Electronic scoreboards • Capacity for over 1,000 spectators. • Can be used for softball, youth baseball, youth soccer, kickball and field hockey • Home to weekly leagues • Available for tournament rentals

Indoor Swimming

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Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center

570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News, Virginia 23601 757-591-4573 Supervisor of Aquatics and Beach Safety – Tommy Miller Aquatic Operations Coordinator – Matt Johnson Aquatic Programs Coordinator – Danita Fox Aquatics Staff Technician – Linda Elder Aquatic Center Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 6 am - 9 pm Summer Hours (MON-THURS) 6 am - 8 pm Fridays 6 am - 8 pm Saturdays 9 am - 5 pm Sundays Closed Lap Swimming Available: Monday - Thursday 6 am - 9 pm Friday 6 am – 8 pm, Sat. 9 am - 5 pm * During peak program usage there will be at least 2 Lanes will be available for Lap Swimmers. Swimming Pool Schedule (subject to change) Family Swim: Friday 6 pm - 8 pm, Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm Located in the shallow area of the pool, this is time for parents/ legal guardians to enjoy swimming with children age 13 and younger. Groups of 10 or more individuals need to contact the Aquatics Program Coordinator 757-591-4573 to schedule a visit at the Aquatics Center. Swim and Stay Fit Program A motivational program designed to encourage and recognize our members who swim for fitness. We will help you keep track of your laps on our “board.” Please see the Aquatic Program Assistant at the front desk to sign up.

See Our Monthly Calendar For All Our Activities! Brittingham-Midtown Pool Pass Information Daily Passes N.N. Resident Non-Resident Youth (3-17) $3 $5 Adult (18-54) $4 $6 Senior (55+) $3 $5 10 Card Youth (3-17) Adult (18-54) Senior (55+)

N.N. Resident $ 19 $ 24 $ 19

Non-Resident $ 26 $ 36 $ 26

30 Visit Card Youth (3-17) Adult (18-54) Senior (55+)

N.N. Resident $ 41 $ 56 $ 41

Non-Resident $ 66 $ 86 $ 66

Annual Pass N.N. Resident Youth (3-17) $ 70 Adult (18-54) $ 95 Senior (55+) $ 70 Family $170 (Parent/Legal Guardian & up to 3 Children under 18)

Non-Resident $ 110 $ 155 $ 110 $ 250

Collegiate Pass- Good for 6 months from date of purchase (Current School ID required) $50 (both NN resident or Non-NN resident)

Water Fitness Classes Monday – Friday 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Check calendar for specific class times. Free for all pass holders. We offer one complimentary Water Fitness Class for new participants and guests. Shallow and deep water classes are offered.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Class There will be no charge for children under 3 years when accompanied by a parent unless the child is enrolled in a program. Please purchase all passes Monday through Thursday, 6 am - 8 pm, Friday, 6am – 7 pm and Saturday 9 am - 4 pm at the BrittinghamMidtown Aquatic Center desk. Annual passes are valid for one year and offer pass holders participation in any water fitness class.

Fee: Standard Charge: $125.00; Ages 15 & up For information regarding dates, times, and prerequisite swim tests for ARC Lifeguard Courses offered at Brittingham-Midtown Aquatics Center, please call the Aquatic Center at 591-4573. The class fee does not include the book. Participant must purchase or download the book from the American Red Cross ( before the first day of class. Certification received after completing the course and passing all requirements. You can register for the Lifeguard class online at or call 591-4573.

Water Safety Instructor Course Fee: Standard Charge: $125.00, Ages 16 & up For information regarding dates, times, and prerequisite swim tests for ARC Water Safety Instructor Course offered at BrittinghamMidtown Aquatics Center, please call the Aquatic Center at 5914573. This class fee does not include the book. You must purchase the book from the American Red Cross before the first day of class. Certification received after completing the course and passing all requirements. Y You can register for the Water Safety Instructor Course online at or call 591-4573.

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Learn to Swim Program Register Online: and click “Online Program Registration” or call 591-4573 for details Register On Site: Monday - Friday 9 am - 7 pm Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

SPRING/SUMMER 2018 SESSION 3 (2018) • April 9 –May 3, 2018 (3 weeks) • Registration FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 • M/W or T/TH classes

Doris Miller Swimming Pool

SESSION 4 (2018) • May 14 – June 7, 2018 (4 weeks) • Registration FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 -- WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 • M/W or T/TH classes

Summer seasonal pool open: Saturday, June 9, 2018 to Labor Day, September 3, 2018

SESSION 5 (2018) • September 10 – October 4, 2018 (4 weeks) • Registration MONDAY, August 20, 2018 -- Wednesday, August 29, 2018 • T/Th classes only

2814 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607

Pool hours: Monday – Friday: 12 pm to 5:45 pm Tuesday & Thursday Adult Swim Only: 6 pm – 6:45 pm Saturday 12 pm to 4:45 pm CLOSED Sundays

Registration Policies & Procedures: - For the 2018 Summer Season participants must have a valid pool pass for entrance into Doris Miller Swimming Pool. - All registration must be completed in person and a parent or legal guardian is required to be present to register any participants under the age of 18. All participants registering must have their picture taken to be eligible to receive their pool pass. Each participant will be given a pool pass at the conclusion of the registration process. - Registration participants 18 or older must show proof of Newport News residency and age to complete the process: This can be a Picture ID, Military ID or US Passport.

Huntington Park Beach Open Seasonally Memorial Day Weekend, May 26, 2018 to Labor Day, September 3, 2018 Monday – Sunday 10 am to 6 pm (Lifeguard on Duty) 5500 W. Mercury Blvd Newport News, VA 23607

- All registration participants 17 and under must register with at least one parent or legal guardian. The participant must provide proof of Newport News residency, parent and child relationship and age to complete the process: Proof of identification can be: Birth Certificate, Military ID or US Passport. - Early Registration for Doris Miller Swimming Pool will be accepted at the Doris Miller Swimming Pool during the following Dates & Times: Saturday, June 9, 2018 Monday, June 11, 2018 Tuesday, June 12, 2017 Wednesday, June 13, 2017 Thursday, June 14, 2017 Friday, June 15, 2017

12 pm – 4:45 pm 1 pm – 4:45 pm 1 pm – 4:45 pm 1 pm – 4:45 pm 1 pm – 4:45 pm 1 pm – 4:45 pm

A great course & a great value “We Are Family Friendly”

Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run 19

Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run’s professional staff invites all residents and visitors to learn and play at our “Family Friendly” golf facility. Youth 16 years old and under receive free greens fee with a paying adult. We offer adult golf programs and a new Junior Golf Program. Tuesdays during the summer we will have a Junior Play Day with adult supervision. In addition to Junior golf clinics, we are offering Junior Golf Camps throughout the summer to introduce golf and it’s lifetime values to Juniors age (see below for details). Juniors will learn the rules, etiquette and basic fundamentals in a fun atmosphere. We encourage the family to play at Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run and enjoy the amenities you would expect in a fine country club, without the expense!

Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run 901 Clubhouse Way (in Newport News Park)

If you are a beginner, intermediate, or experienced golfer, our PGA professionals offer private golf instructions, available by appointment. If you have no golf experience and want to learn, our group “Learn to Play Clinics” are an excellent way to learn (six sessions for $150). Looking for someone to play a round of golf with you? We host many different leagues- Men, Senior, and Ladies (both 9 and 18-hole leagues). Please call our Pro Shop at 757-886-7925 for more information. You can also visit us at our website: or check us out on Facebook!

New Summer Programs for Kids! This summer we are adding two new activities for the young golfer. Junior Summer Golf Camp will introduce your child to the rules and etiquette and basic fundamentals in a fun atmosphere. Golf Camps will be conducted throughout the summer for Juniors age 6 - 10 and will run four days 10 am – 1 pm for $120 per week. Tuesday Junior Golf Playday at 10 am and 5:30 pm will be a supervised 9-hole game of golf for all Juniors. We will continue to offer the Junior Clinics for ages 8 – 15, Monday – Friday for $50 per week (45 minute classes).

20 Parks Explore the natural beauty of our City PICNIC SHELTERS

Picnic facilities are located in parks throughout the city (electricity available at most shelters). Make your reservations at the Newport News Park Campsite Office, Deer Park or the Parks and Recreation Office at City Center (3rd floor) or online at www. Credit cards are accepted at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Shelter fees $40 $100.

NEWPORT NEWS PARK CAMPSITE OFFICE Campsite and picnic shelter reservations 13564 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23606 757-888-3333 or 1-800-203-8322 March & April: Open Daily, 7 am - 7 pm May - September: Sunday -Thursday, 7 am - 9 pm; Friday & Saturday 7 am - 10 pm

Newport News City Parks

We love volunteers! We have positions in campground and fishing area operations, trail maintenance, wildlife rehabilitation, nature center operations programs and more. Individuals or groups are welcome. Training and supervision provided. Call our volunteer coordinator today at 757-886-7912.

Do you have questions or need special assistance? Want to have a wedding, meeting, special activity, or request that a Park Ranger lead a nature program in one of our Parks? Contact us at 757-886-7912 Newport News Park Headquarters Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

The City’s parks are open daily, sunrise to sunset (unless otherwise posted).

Free Park Programs

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THOSE SILLY SQUIRRELS Saturday, March 24 at 2 pm- Newport News Park They are always up to something! Learn more about the Eastern Gray Squirrel while taking a stroll in Newport News Park. Meet the naturalist at the Discovery Center.


Look at all these FREE Park Programs! BIRD WALKS Every first and third Sunday of the month at 7 am The Hampton Roads Bird Club has monitored the bird population of Newport News Park since 1965! Join club members in the Picnic Area 1 parking lot for some early morning birding. Be prepared to car pool to different areas of the park. Beginners are welcome. Binoculars and field guides recommended.

STORY AND A WALK Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10 am - Newport News Park For pre-school children and their caregivers. We’ll share a story at the Newport News Park Discovery Center then take a short walk. Dress for the weather.

ARCHERY SAFETY April 8 at 10 am and April 26 at 7 pm May 6 at 10 am and May 17 at 7 pm June 3 at 10 am and June 14 at 7 pm July 19 at 7 pm, August 2 at 7 pm and August 26 at 10 am A park ranger will present this one -hour presentation to teach general archery safety tips and discuss rules and regulations specific to Newport News Park. Please call 888-3333 for program times and to register for this training class.

PINE CONE BIRD FEEDERS Saturday, March 10 at 11 am - Newport News Park Make a bird feeder for your back yard. Meet at the Newport News Park Discovery Center.

HELLO SPRING WALK Saturday, March 17 at 10 am - Newport News Park It’s a great day to take a walk with our park naturalist to see what’s springing up around the Discovery Center! Wear comfortable shoes for this leisurely walk through the forest.

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Saturday, April 14 at 10 am – Spring Crafts Saturday, April 21 at 10 am – Recycled Crafts Saturday, May 12 at 10 am – Mother’s Day Craft Visit the Newport News Park Discovery Center to make some cool crafts from natural and recycled items.

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM Saturday, April 28 at 2 pm – Newport News Park A park ranger will be available on April 28th to get you started on the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet. Activities include things you can do in the park, as well as at home to explore the wildlife inhabiting the area. Upon completion of the activities, kids will earn a Junior Ranger certificate.

HUG-A-TREE AND SURVIVE Saturday, May 26, 10 am – Newport News Park Would you and your child know what to do if you got lost in the woods? Come learn about some important steps you can take to stay safe in the woods. Meet at the Discovery Center.

FRIDAY NIGHT ADVENTURES Every Friday, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend Meet a park naturalist at the Newport News Park Discovery Center to discover facts about some of the park’s natural and historical features. Programs include nature walks, video presentations and/or hands-on activities. Topics include beavers, snakes, owls, bats and other creatures inhabiting the park. Call 886-7916 for weekly topic description and location.

DISCOVERY HOUR Every Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend Discover special facts about the wildlife living in our area, find fun activities in the parks, and meet new friends while learning about our natural environment. Most programs begin at the Discovery Center, and may include crafts, games or nature walk for the whole family. Call 886-7916 for topic information and times.

HAYRIDES in the Campground Every Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend; 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm Enjoy park interpretation and discussion on this 40 minute ride through the campground and bikeway. Complimentary tickets are available at the Campsite Office 30 minutes prior to each ride. Space is limited. All participants must be present to receive a ticket. • 200 Wet Slips • Picnic Area with Grill • Floating Docks • Diesel & Unleaded Fuel • Sewage Pump-out Facility • Daily, Monthly & Annual Slips • Water & Electric Hookups

November - April 8 am - 5 pm May - October 7 am - 7 pm

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22 Parks Explore the natural beauty of our City Discover All the Ways to Have Fun at Our Parks, We Have Activities for All Ages! Aeromodel Flying Field- off Richneck Road near Ft. Eustis Blvd. • Paved 400-foot runway and 30-acre fly-over area • Insurance, club dues and field permit required • ANNUAL PERMIT $50 + club dues ( Archery- Newport News Park Archery Range • Archery Safety Class required prior to using the range Call 888-3333 for class dates • Range is open sunrise to sunset • Permits sold at the Newport News Park Campsite Office • Daily permit $2, Annual permit $30 Boat Ramps • Denbigh Park (open 5 am – 10 pm daily) • Peterson’s Yacht Basin (open 24 hours a day) • Huntington Park (open 24 hours a day) Camping- Newport News Park Campground • Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and grill • Electric and water hookups are available • Dumping station and camp store are on-site • Rates range from $33 - $40, Senior Rates available Canoes, Paddle boats and Jon Boats- Newport News Park • Rentals daily ($6 - 8/hour) at Newport News Park Campsite Office • Paddles, oars and personal flotation devices provided • Must be at least 16 years of age to rent watercraft Saltwater Fishing Piers (Valid VA saltwater fishing license required) • Hilton Pier (sunrise to sunset daily) • King-Lincoln Park (sunrise to sunset daily) • Wave Screen at King-Lincoln Park (open 24 hours a day) • Denbigh Park (sunrise to 10 pm daily) • Monitor-Merrimac Overlook (open 24 hours a day) Freshwater Fishing (VA freshwater fishing license required) Lee Hall and Harwood’s Mill Reservoirs (sunrise to sunset) Additional Parks Division Shoreline Fishing Permit Required $2, Fishing boat rental $6, Private Launch $5, Senior Rates available • Lee Hall Reservoir- Boat rentals, private launch and

shoreline/pier fishing permits available weekdays at the Newport News Park Campsite Office and weekends and holidays (May through September) at the Lee Hall Fishing Area Rental building • Harwood’s Mill- Private launch and shoreline fishing permits are

available weekdays at the Newport News Park Campsite Office; concession and rentals available weekends and holidays (May through October) at Harwood’s Mill Fishing Area Disc Golf Course- Newport News Park • 18-hole championship disc golf course in the Arboretum Area • Course passes and rental discs available at the Campsite Office Daily $3, Annual Permit $30, Seniors 60+ and Juniors under 12 are free The Newport News Community Garden has plots available for Newport News residents. The garden is located in the large open field at 75 Yorktown Road in the Lee Hall area of the City. The plots, 18’ x 40’ in size, are available on a firstcome, first-served, basis. You must apply and pay a $30 seasonal fee to be a gardener. Call 757-886-7912 for information and to obtain an application.

Dog Park “Fido Field”- Riverview Farm Park • Small and large dog areas • Must register for a Fido Tag • Dogs must be legally licensed and vaccinated – rabies, distemper, parvovirus and bordetella • Proof of vaccination and city/county dog license is required to purchase a Fido Tag • For membership and information call 886-7912. $10 for first dog, $5 for additional dogs, same owner Hiking, Jogging, Biking Trails • Over 30 miles of trails in Newport News Park through forest, field, and wetlands • 5.3-mile bikeway (unpaved, multi-use trail) in Newport News Park • Bring your own bike or rent one from the Campsite Office • Children ages 14 and under are required to wear a helmet when riding or being carried on a bicycle on any street, sidewalk or bikeway. The Parks Division encourages ALL bicyclists to wear a safety helmet. Helmet rentals available at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Horseshoe Courts- Newport News Park • Bring your own horseshoes and pitch on four NHPA certified courts Mountain Bike Trails- located across from the Harwood’s Mill Fishing Facility on Oriana Road in York County • Three single-track loops (difficulty levels vary) and connecting fire trails create approximately 5 miles of off-road bicycling • Trails are open sunrise to sunset daily and helmets are required for all riders Orienteering Course- Newport News Park • Fifteen control markers • Maps are available at the Newport News Park Campsite Office for $2 each Playgrounds- located at 17 parks throughout the City (Large Playgrounds) • Fort Fun- Huntington Park (nautical interactive play) • Boundless Playground- Deer Park (accessible play) • Fantasy Farm Playground- Riverview Farm Park • Newport News Park (four large playgrounds) Ropes & Initiatives Course- Newport News Park • Open to organized groups who are interested in a challenge • Designed to enhance self-confidence and group dynamics • Features a progression of more difficult tasks and challenges • Call 757-886-7912 for reservations and fees Skate Park- Riverview Farm Park This 3,100 square foot modular skate park has two quarter pipes, two bank ramps, two grind rails, and two wedge flats. Registration and a permit sticker are required ($5/year). All users must wear a registration sticker on their helmet while in the skate park. For information, call 757-888-3333.

Newport News Park Discovery Center March & Apri Weekends only, 10 am- 5 pm May through September Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am- 6 pm

King-Lincoln Park Interpretive Center Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekends only, 12 pm - 5:00 pm

Riverview Farm Park Visitor Center by appointment (call 886-7912 for information)

Nature Centers

Showing the role Newport News played in shaping our Nation Museums & Historic Services

Endview Plantation


1769 ‘T’- frame Georgian-style house 362 Yorktown Rd., Newport News, VA 23603 Call 757-887-1862 or visit April 28 – 29 Civil War Living History Weekend: The 1862 Siege of Yorktown Learn what life was like for soldiers fighting in the Peninsula Campaign. Activities include glimpses of camp life, demonstrations, and guided tours of the historic house. Free with regular admission.

June 25 - 29 / July 23 -27 Civil War Summer Camp: War in the West, 1863

Civil War Living History Weekend: The 1862 Siege of Yorktown

Why read history when you can experience it? Boys and girls ages 8-13 “join the army” and learn what life was like for soldiers fighting in the Western Campaign battles in 1863. Activities include camp life, drills and battles. The fee is $175 per child for each session. Visit for more information and for online registration.

Lee Hall Mansion

1858 Italianate Antebellum Home 163 Yorktown Rd., Newport News, VA 23603 Call 757-888-3371 or visit March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 14 Civil War Van Tours Spend a day exploring the region’s rich Civil War history by taking a van tour with historian J. Michael Moore. The guided tours cover topics such as Virginia Land & Naval Forces; Submarines, Infernal Machines, & Torpedoes; and Hampton’s Cattle Raid. Extensive walking is required for the majority of the tours. Tours depart from Lee Hall Mansion. For a complete list of tour itineraries, times, and fees visit Due to space limitations advance registration is required.

Civil War Summer Camp: War in the West, 1863

March 31 The Great Easter Egg Hunt Bring the kids to Lee Hall Mansion for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Hunt starts promptly at 10 am the eggs go fast! Grounds open at 9 am, an early arrival is encouraged. Crafts, games, and the Easter Bunny provide great fun and photo ops before the Hunt. A children’s scavenger hunt is offered free of charge after the Hunt. This event is for children up to age 12, the Hunt is divided into two age groups for children ages six and younger and seven and older. Admission is $5.00 per child.

June 9 Summer Celebration Wine Festival, 11 am – 6 pm

Summer Celebration Wine Festival

Virginia War Museum

Artifacts, weapons, uniforms & more 9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23607 Call 757-247-8523 or visit May 19, 9 am - 3 pm Toy Soldier Show Antique and contemporary toy soldiers from all periods of history will be on show or for sale. This includes modern manufacturers, molds, kits, castings, prints, and supplies.

The finest vintages from some of Virginia’s best wineries combine with live music, food, and wine-related craft vendors to make this one of the Peninsula’s most popular events. Tickets are $20.00 in advance at select retailers and Event Brite, and $25.00 at the gate. A $10.00 non-tasting ticket is available at select retailers and at the gate. A complete list of participating wineries and vendors and advance ticket information will be posted at www. No pets are allowed on Festival grounds and IDs are checked at the gate.

May 28, 2018, 11 am Memorial Day Service American Legion Braxton-Perkins Post No. 25 will host a ceremony at the Victory Arch in downtown Newport New honoring the servicemen and women who died in the line of duty. July 30 - August 2 & August 13 - 16, 2018; 9 am - 3 pm World War II Summer Youth Camp Camp Fee: $200 Recruit Campers / $175 Veteran Campers Registration opens April 1, boys and girls ages 8 to 13. This year, campers will learn about the 85th Infantry Division in Italy’s North Apennines, 1944 - 1945. Visit our Facebook page “Virginia War Museum Children’s Camps.”

5 May

Newport News Children’s Festival of Friends Newport News Park • 10 am - 5 pm Free Admission • $5 per car parking fee Over 100 free hands-on activities!

Train Day Denbigh Community Center 10 am - 3 pm • Free Admission Model Railroad Displays Free Children’s Activities Free Trackless Train Rides

19 May

World Arts Celebration City Center at Oyster Point 4 pm - 8 pm • Free Admission Discover the World! Entertainment • Art Exhibits Food Vendors • Free Hands-on Activities

King-Lincoln Park Day King-Lincoln Park 12 pm - 5 pm • Free Admission Entertainment • Exhibits Hands-on Activities

4 July

12 May

4th of July Stars in the Sky Victory LandingPark 7 pm - 10 pm • Free Admission Fireworks • Entertainment Food Vendors • Free Children’s Activities

Newport News Special Events

2 June

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Spring/Summer 2018 Magazine  

Discover all the classes, programs, events, and facilities offered by Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism in Newport News, VA.

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Spring/Summer 2018 Magazine  

Discover all the classes, programs, events, and facilities offered by Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism in Newport News, VA.