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Newport News Children's Festival of Friends

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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, visit www.nnparks.com or 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