Newport News Game On

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The City of Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department will celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in July and its “Game On” 2019 theme with free activities and a free app based game to encourage people to discover Newport News parks, recreation centers, events, programs and special facilities.

“Newport News Game On” has two ways to play-

1. Newport News Game On! with the Scavify App (Available for download on July 1, 2019): 

Newport News Game On Level Prizes

1. Download the Scavify app on your phone and search for “Newport News Game On!”

2. Perform a series of fun challenges at our parks and recreation facilities.

3. Earn points to earn prizes (prizes while supplies last):

   Level 1 (50 points)- cup sleeve

   Level 2 (125 points)- flying disc

   Level 3 (225 points)- beach ball

   Level 4 (350 points)- sports towel

Participants can pick up prizes for each level as you go, or pick them all up at once. Participants can pick up their prizes at: Doris Miller Community Center, Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, Denbigh Community Center or the Newport News Visitors Center.

Everyone who earns Level 4 is automatically entered in a drawing for a $250 Amazon gift card! The drawing will be on August 1, 2019. Winners will be contacted by email and the winner’s player name (as it appears in Scavify) will be posted in the app, on and on the Newport News Special Events Facebook page.

2. Newport News Game On! Free Pop-up Activities (July 1 - 31, 2019 during normal operating hours)-

Game On Pop Up Prizes

Participants visit sites and complete a fun activity to earn a prize (while supplies last).

Brittingham-Midtown Community Center- Stop at the front desk and pick up a scavenger hunt list. Complete it and return it to the front desk for a prize (Bubbles).

Denbigh Community Center- Stop at the front desk and pick up a scavenger hunt list. Complete it and return it to the front desk for a prize (Sport Ball Note Pad).

Doris Miller Community Center- Stop at the front desk and pick up a scavenger hunt list. Complete it and return it to the front desk for a prize (USA Glider).

Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run – Stop in at the Pro Shop and let them know you would like to (choose one activity): Putting- make five putts or Chipping- chip a ball into the bucket for a prize (USA Flag Can Cover).

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center –Take a guided tour through the Anderson Johnson Gallery for a prize (Downing-Gross Cultural Center Promotional Item).

Endview Plantation – Pick up a guide and walk the Nature Trail to learn about the historical uses of the native plants for a prize (Flag Fan).

Huntington Park Tennis Center- Pick up a scavenger hunt list. Complete it and return it for a prize (Sunglasses).

Lee Hall Mansion- Walk along the perimeter trail and learn about the mansion’s history. Say hello to a staff person for a prize (Patriotic Pinwheel).

Newport News Park Discovery Center-  1. Pick up a “Nature Scavenger Hunt” list. Take photos or bring items back to the Discovery Center for a prize (Magnifying Glass). 2. Pick up a Junior Ranger Program booklet. Return the completed booklet to the Discovery Center for a Certificate of Completion as a Junior Ranger. 3. Visit the Discover Center on Friday Nights for the Nature Adventures & Activities: July 12- Leave it to the Beavers at 6:30 p.m., July 19- Bats! At 8:00 p.m. and July 20- Snakes, Fact vs. Fiction at 8:00 p.m.

The Newsome House- Take a guided tour for a prize (Watercolor Notepad).

Newport News Visitors Center at Newport News Park- Write a love letter about Newport News. Return it to a desk staff person for a prize (Newport News Tourism Promotional Item).

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter- Say hello to a staff person and ask them what is their favorite type of animal for a prize (Paw Print Bracelet).

The goal of national Park and Recreation Month is to promote the wide variety of opportunities and resources that local park and recreation agencies provide and to let the public know that July is a great time to get out and see all of the incredible things that are happening in their communities. Since 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote the importance of parks and recreation in health and wellness, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the thousands of park and recreation employees that maintain our nation’s local, state and community parks. Park and recreation services are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources, to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all walks of life — Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value parks and recreation brings to communities.