Things to Do in Newport News
World-class attractions, over 30 public parks, as well as great places to go and things to see and do are all part of the Newport News visitor experience. The Peninsula Fine Arts Center houses a wide array of diverse artworks and dynamic exhibitions that change every few months. Kids can create personal masterpieces in the interactive Hands On For Kids gallery. Kids will also enjoy the Peninsula S.P.C.A. Exotic Sanctuary & Petting Zoo. The Exotic Sanctuary features an African mandrill, otters, a Siberian tiger, and a black leopard; while the Petting Zoo contains chickens, goats, deer and even a peacock. The U.S. Army Transportation Museum chronicles 200 years of Army transportation through models, dioramas and full-size vehicles and equipment. The Virginia Living Museum offers hands-on activities and an observatory, allowing visitors to explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave, or experience a steamy cypress swamp and a cool mountain cove. History buffs will savor the Virginia War Museum, where American military history unfolds. Collections of artifacts, vehicles, weapons, posters, and uniforms trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 to the present. (citytowninfo.org)
The 2020 VAAP conference hosted by the Hampton Roads District will be held at the Marriott in Newport News City Center, March 24-27, 2020. The Marriott is located right in the middle of Newport News Town Center at 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606 Hotel: 757-873-9299, and has many restaurants within walking distance, and attractions just a few miles away such as Busch Gardens theme park, Historic Williamsburg / Jamestown and outlet stores. (Room rates will be $124. +tax per night).
Registration rates: VAAP Member/$300, NON-VAAP Member $400. The 3 day conference includes continuing education hours, networking opportunities, breakfast, lunch and much more. While you do NOT have to be a member to attend, joining VAAP would offer a substantial discount.
There will also be a PRE conference held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. This plans to be 6 different themed areas of programming to include: creative, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and community integration. Each participant will have the ability to share their ideas as well as will interact with others to form a vast resource manel/tool to take back to their facility and be able to implement into their program. We encourage Directors to send your Activity Assistants to the TUESDAY program, as they are often holding down the fort while the directors attend the three-day (Wed – Friday) event.
***specific times, session subjects and prices for each will be posted in upcoming communications. Plan now to attend!!!
Places to visit, bring
Civil War battlefields and 1862 Peninsula Campaign sites
James A. Fields House
Ferguson Center for the Arts
Lee Hall Mansion
The Mariners’ Museum and The Mariners’ Museum Park
USS Monitor Center
Newport News Regional Park
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Peninsula S.P.C.A. & Petting Zoo
U.S. Army Transportation Museum
Virginia Living Museum
Virginia War Museum
PLAN now to attend, Hope to see you there!