Newport News Children's Festival of Friends

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Newport News Children’s Festival of Friends

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism will present the twenty-ninth
Newport News Children's Festival of Friends on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Newport News Park. Children can meet their favorite book characters, including Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear, Wild Thing and Corduroy Bear; and see animals from ZooPro (exotic animals) and Gum Tree Farm (farm animals).  The youngest festival guests can play in a special Pre-school Play Area.  New for 2018 are juggling/comedy performances by Jesse Joyner (12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.)

The festival features over 100 hands-on activities including make-and-take crafts, rides (pony rides, trackless train, tiki rock wall, moon bounce, slide, obstacle course), fitness activities (gymnastics, obstacle course, tennis, golf), educational exhibits (science experiments, robotics, gardening, farm animals and sheep shearing), and displays by City Departments and community organizations that serve children.

Children from the Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Instructional Class Programs will showcase their talents on stage with the Newport News Flipateers (gymnastics) performing at 1:00 p.m. and Newport News City Arts (dance) at 3:00 p.m..

There is a $5.00 parking fee per vehicle. Festival admission and all activities (including all rides) are free. Thirteen food vendors will sell a variety of items including cupcakes, gourmet popsicles, kettle corn, shaved ice, funnel cakes, wood fired pizza, seafood, gourmet cotton candy, barbeque, and Puerto Rican food. No pets permitted in the festival area. Newport News Park is located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Ft. Eustis Boulevard. From I-64E, take Exit 247 and turn left onto Jefferson Avenue. From I-64W, take Exit 250B and follow the signs to Newport News Park. For more information, call 757-926-1400. 



11:00 am                     ZooPro (Exotic Animals)

12:00 pm                    Jesse Joyner Juggling

1:00 pm                      Newport News Flipateers (Gymnastics)

2:00 pm                      Jesse Joyner Juggling

3:00 pm                      Newport News City Arts (Dance)


Wild Thing- 11:30 am

Peter Rabbit- 12:30pm & 3:30 pm

Paddington Bear- 1:30 pm

Corduroy Bear- 2:30 pm


Boy Scouts of America- mini magazines, coloring sheets, project/activity

Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula- membership info., candy

Bricks4 Kidz- legos

Calvary Classical School- give-a-ways, info. on programs, planter craft, school spirit paraphernalia

CASA- carnival activities, hand outs

Charity Independent Baptist Church- flyers, games, activities

Children’s Museum of Virginia- give-a-way, craft

Lee Hall Train Station Foundation- costume characters

Children’s Museum of Virginia- information, give-a-way, craft

City of Newport News Fire Department- SAFE house, stickers, fire hats  

Denbigh East Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses- coloring activities, crafts

Department of Human Services- literature, pens, lanyards, toys

Department of Medical Assistance Services (FAMIS)- give-a-ways

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center- music station, crafts

Drum Your Dream- drum circles

Edmarc Hospice for Children- brochures, coloring pages, game, jewelry making, Wags (mascot)

FREE Inflatable Rides- moon bounce, Tree House slide, pirate ship, trackless train, tiki-island rock wall, monster obstacle course

Fun Bus- fitness fun on wheels

Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast- membership and camp information, children’s activities, give-a-ways

Gum Tree Farm- farm animals and sheep shearing demonstrations

Heritage High School Governor’s STEM Academy- robotic and drone demos/display, STEM activity, brochures, give-a-ways

Mad Science- exciting, hands-on science experiments

Make-and-Take Flower Activity- with the Newport News Master Gardeners

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)- hula hoops, basket shot, magnets, candy, Wheel of Famous People

Navy Fleet & Family Support Center- brochures, coloring books, bead necklaces, pet rocks

Newport News Animal Services- Animals Services truck, animal welfare display

Newport News Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association- coloring and activity books, bendable figurines, prize wheel

Newport News Engineering- coloring books, activity

Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run- putting and chipping station, give-a-way, drawing for prizes

Newport News Healthy Families- program information, give-a-ways

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Aquatics- sand art craft

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Instructional Programs- face painting, gymnastics tumbling course, class demos, craft

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Special Events- pom-pom bracelet craft

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Tennis Program- tennis games & activities

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Youth Programs- crafts, games, summer camp info.

Newport News Public Library Systems- activities, button, storytelling

Newport News Recycling (Public Works)- recycling relay, green hairspray

Newport News Tourism- handouts, prize wheel, photo op

NN- Hampton Chapter- Continental Societies, Inc.- arts & crafts, literature

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter- shelter and adoption info., craft

Pony Rides- pony rides for children

Preschool PlayZone- created especially for the younger fans of the Festival

Sister Cities of Newport News, Inc.- coloring activities, international flag display

Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula- brochures, face painting, magnets

Virginia Cooperative Extension- information about programs, give-a-ways

Virginia Zoo- hand outs, zoo keeper and vet themed activities

WIC- handouts, interactive game

ZooPro- live animal exhibit


Capt. Harrell & Sons Seafood Kitchen- seafood

Crazy Pops Gourmet Popsicles- gourmet popsicles

Deep Fried Inc.- fried candy, funnel cakes

El Coqui Puerto Rican Cuisine- Puerto Rican food

Green Mountain Kettle Korn- kettle corn

Hawaiian Sno- shaved ice

Jubilee Fun Foods- popcorn, sno-kones, cotton candy, candy apples

Monny’s Food Service- burgers, hot dogs, wings, fries

Mr. Potato- seafood, fries, burgers, chicken tenders

Over the Moon Pizza- wood fired pizza

Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake of VA- funnel cakes

Scratch Bakery- cupcakes and baked goods

Sugar Shack- gourmet cotton candy