Spring break has arrived, which means the children will be home for a whole week. No worries, there’s enough going on around town to keep everyone from going stir crazy.
When planning your week, keep and eye on the weather to make sure it doesn’t spoil your day. According to weather.com, Monday will be sunny with a high of 54 and Tuesday has a 90 percent chance of rain with a high of 58. The rest of the week will be warmer, but cloudy.
Here are some suggestions for things to do:
Visit a park
Head out to enjoy one of the area’s many local state parks. York River State Park will host a Fossil Frenzy Hike where you have the chance to discover the relics of ancient creatures such as early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops and snails on an adventure to a fossil lake. 10 a.m. to noon Monday, York River State Park Amphitheater, York River Park Road; register at 566-3036. Free. Good for children of all ages. Find a complete list of events happening at the park at dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/york-river#general_information.
Get archaeological at Jamestown
Enjoy the “Ed Shed,” an interactive space where, by examining artifacts, mending broken pottery and sorting through excavated material, visitors can discover clues about fort life in the 17th century. Learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation through hands-on activities. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Historic Jamestowne, 1368 Colonial National Historic Parkway. Free with admission. For a full listing of Jamestown Settlement’s events, visit historicjamestowne.org/visit/calendar/.
Play on Autism Awareness Day
We Rock the Spectrum Williamsburg is a children’s gym that seeks to provide a fun and safe environment for children with special needs. To celebrate Autism Awareness Day, the gym will take $2 off admission for children who come in wearing blue, or if their parent chooses to donate $2 to My Brother Rocks the Spectrum. During open play, children can listen to the story of “Pete the Cat and His Magical Sunglasses,” and make their own magical blue sunglasses afterward. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, We Rock the Spectrum Williamsburg, 5251 John Tyler Highway; admission $12 and $10 for siblings.
Visit the library
The Williamsburg Regional Library is a great place to borrow books and movies any day of the week, but it also has a variety of free live programming. Tuesday is the Amazing Mr. B's Magic Show. There will be magic tricks, jokes and fun for the whole family. 11 a.m., Williamsburg Library, 515 Scotland St. Free.
Later that afternoon, there will be a workshop on how to build your own bento box. Attendees will be able to create a hand-folded origami box to fill with their own Japanese-style lunch creation. 2-3 p.m., Stryker Center, room 128, 412 N. Boundary St. Free; register at 259-4050.
For a full list of events happening at the library, visit wrl.org/events/month/2019-04.
Embrace colonial history
From carriage rides to ax throwing, there’s plenty to do at Colonial Williamsburg during spring break. Start your morning with “Children’s Tour of the Palace.” Focusing on the governor's family and their time at the palace, this tour is suited for children in grades pre-K-6. 10:30-10:55 a.m. and noon to 12:55 p.m Wednesday., Governor’s Palace West Advance, free with admission.
Visit Basset Hall’s Rockefellers' garden, where an interpreter will share stories about the family's spring and fall visits to Williamsburg and the local nature they loved. 2-3:30 p.m Wednesday, Bassett Hall, 522 E. Francis St.; free, but online reservation required. For a full list of events going on that week, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com.
While go-karts are the main attraction at Go-Karts Plus, there’s much more to do. From mini golf and the python kiddie coaster to gemstone panning and the arcade, there’s plenty to do for kids of all ages. 5-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Go-Karts Plus, 6910 Richmond Road; free admission and parking; tickets for rides $1.50 each, $30 for 25 tickets or $60 for 60.
Discover your inner mariner
Admission to the Mariner’s museum is $1, so why not drive down and discover the mariner in you. Tie-dye your heart out at “Tie-Dye into Spring.” Learn about indigo’s history, techniques and more while you and your child dye your own T-shirt using indigo dye. Cotton T-shirt provided. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mariners Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. $5-$40; use the code "indigo" to receive free admission for one child; register at marinersmuseum.org. For a full list of that week’s events visit marinersmuseum.org/events/.
The weather has warmed up and Busch Gardens is open. Whether you take your smaller ones to the Sesame Street Forest of Fun, brave the Griffon or all go to see the river dancers perform, the park has something to do for everyone. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd; Tickets and passes $74.99-$347.88; purchase at buschgardens.com/williamsburg/tickets/. There’s also a Groupon for $49.99 single day admission to the park.
Stop and smell the flowers
With spring flowers in bloom, what better place to admire them than the Williamsburg Botanical Garden? Admire the daffodil border and bulb garden, or take a walk through its wetlands. No matter where you walk, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of nature. 7 a.m. to sunset daily, 5537 Centerville Road. Free.
Take in the art museum
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg have plenty of art and artifacts to entertain — and educate — your children as you explore their hallways. “Wild, Weird, Wonderful” is a guided tour which explains why and how some very unusual pieces have made their way into Colonial Williamsburg's museum displays. 3:30-4:15 p.m. Friday, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, 326 W. Francis St.; free with admission. For a full list of events happening at the museum that week, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com.
Experience local theater
We’ve all attended at least one family dinner filled with drama, humor and chaos. Why not see someone else’s family go through the same thing in the Williamsburg Players’ production of “You Can’t Take It With You.” This comedy is a fun evening outing for the whole family. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Williamsburg Players Community Theater, 200 Hubbard Lane; Tickets $12-$20; purchase online at williamsburgplayers.org, or by calling 229-0431.
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