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  1. Barnes & Noble TCC
    Weekly storytimes with different themes. Contact the bookstore for a current schedule.
    Barnes & Noble at TCC MacArthur Center Bookstore 300 Monticello Ave Norfolk, VA, 23510
    (757) 625-3459
  2. Barry Art Museum at ODU
    The Barry Art Museum is operated by the Old Dominion University Museum Foundation, in partnership with Old Dominion University. Admission is Free. Public programs and activities are offered.
    Barry Art Museum 1075 W. 43rd Street Norfolk, VA 23529
    757-683-6200
  3. Cannonball Trail
    Follow markers through Town Point Park and Downtown Norfolk on the self-guided tour. Download map on the website link.
    Freemason Street Reception Center for the Cannonball Trail 401 E. Freemason St Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 441-1526
  4. Chrysler Museum
    Art Museum. General admission is free. Free Family Activities and Programs. Regularly Scheduled Free Admission/Family Weekend. Summer Camps available. Participant in Blue Star Museum Program. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 12-5pm.
    One Memorial Place Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 664-6200
  5. d’ART Center
    d'Art Center hosts art exhibitions, houses gallery and studio spaces with on-site resident artists to interact with, and provides interactive programming. The center also offers art-focused summer camp programming for ages 6-13 in June - August, and children's workshops and classes for ages 6+!
    NEON District 740 Boush Street Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 625-4211
  6. Fort Norfolk
    The last remaining harbor front fort from the time of George Washington. Free admission.
    801 Front Street Norfolk VA 23510
    (757) 642-8311 or (757) 625-1720
  7. Freemason Playground
    The Freemason Playground is fully accessible and designed for children ages 5 to 12. The playground features a colorful nautical themed ship sailing on a sea of blue rubberized safety play surface.
    312 W. Bute Street Norfolk, VA 23510
  8. Hampton Roads Naval Museum
    Museum follows the extensive history of the fleet in Hampton Roads. Free Admission. Seasonal Family Programming.
    One Waterside Drive Ste 248 Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 322-2987
  9. Home Depot Kids Workshops
    Free Hands-On Workshops for Kids ages 5-12. Registration is recommended, they often fill up!
    Locations throughout Hampton Roads, see website for the closest store.
  10. Lowe’s DIY Kids’ Workshops
    Free Hand-On Building Clinics for Kids. Registration is recommended, these do fill up!
    Locations throughout Hampton Roads, VA
  11. MacArthur Center
    Free Indoor Play Area inside MacArthur Center: The Looney Tunes Play Port. Seasonal Free Family Programming. Movie theater, restaurants. Birthday party and special event space available in the Live 360 Studio.
    300 Monticello Avenue Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 627-6000
  12. MacArthur Memorial
    Memorial to General MacArthur and the millions of American men and women who served in the US Armed Forces from the Civil War through the Korean War.
    MacArthur Memorial, MacArthur Square 198 Bank Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 441-2965
  13. Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
    Activities, Events, and Storytimes. Children's Indoor Play Area.
    111 W. Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503
    (757) 441-1750
  14. Meadowbrook Park
    Shaded playground for ages 2-12, fenced dog park, half basketball court.
    1625 W. Little Creek Road Norfolk VA
  15. Mermaids On Parade
    Beginning at Nauticus, three separate trails take you along the Elizabeth River past Waterside, to the heart of downtown or to the Chrysler Museum while telling local history from the perspective of the 26 Mermaid statues along the trail.
    One Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 664-4000
  16. Moses Myers House
    Historic home. Free admission and guided tours.
    323 E. Freemason St Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 333-1087
  17. Naval Station Norfolk MWR
    Military Families - Activities through your local Morale, Welfare & Recreation Office. Youth athletics. Swim Lessons. Summer camp ages 5-12.
    Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk VA
    (757) 445-0996
  18. Norfolk Festevents
    Norfolk Festevents organizes special events, concerts, festivals and more in the City of Norfolk. Town Point Park has interactive water fountains the kids can play in. Many festival/events are free or low cost.
    Town Point Park and Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk VA
    (757) 441-2345
  19. Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House
    Historic home. Free admission and guided tours.
    601 E. Freemason St Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 664-6200
  20. Norfolk Police & Fire Rescue Museum
    History of police force and fire rescue in Norfolk. Free admission, donations are appreciated.
    401 E. Freemason St. Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 441-1526
  21. Norfolk Premium Outlets Playground
    Outdoor gated playground within the grounds of the Norfolk Premium Outlets.
    1600 Premium Outlets Blvd Norfolk, VA 23502
    (757) 673-6427
  22. Norfolk Public Library
    Free Library Programs and Services including storytimes, classes for all ages, and homework assistance.
    Various locations throughout Norfolk,VA
    (757) 664-7328 ext. 347
  23. Norfolk Southern Museum
    Over 180 years of railroad history. Free admission.
    3 Commercial Place, Ground Floor Norfolk, VA 23510
  24. Ocean View Station Museum
    Local museum in Ocean View, Norfolk
    Pretlow Library 111 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503
    (757) 531-0445
  25. Sheriff Joe Baron Summer Camp
    Open to all Norfolk students, ages 9-14. There are 5 weeks of camp programming offered including a sports camp and day camp. Free!
    Camp Apasus 8420 Granby Street Norfolk VA
    (757) 441-1066
  26. The Elizabeth River Trail
    Scenic trail through areas of Norfolk with markers providing area history.
    Norfolk, VA
  27. Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary
    The Sanctuary covers about eight acres of land in the western edge of the West Ghent neighborhood. It is open to the public from 9 AM on Saturday until 6 PM on Sunday (5 PM in the winter months).
    1501 Armistead Bridge Rd Norfolk, VA
    (757) 364-9406