First Day Hikes to Feature Team Challenge and Photo Contest

Join us Jan. 1 for our Annual First Day Hike offered at all 36 Virginia State Parks. This year we have a team challenge and photo contest and the first 100 participants get a special First Day Hike bumper sticker.

This year we have a Team Challenge. What's a team? Any group of two or more people. Find friends, family, co-workers, church and other groups, assign one person to sign the team up, pick a team name, pick the park you plan to visit Jan. 1, and then estimate how many people will be on your team. You enter that information on line here. After you get home from your hike on Jan. 1 (or no later than Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. EST), you log back in and confirm that your team participated and how many completed the challenge. On Jan. 3 we will do a random drawing of the teams who completed the challenge for cool prizes.  Continue reading here...


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Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel - Natural Tunnel State Park
Duffield, Fri & Sat nights through December 20
Experience thousands of Christmas Lights lighting your way down the chairlift and out to the mouth of the tunnel. View movable displays of Santa, reindeer, and other critters. Enjoy the sounds and smells of Christmas by listening to local church choirs/performers entertain you while sipping hot chocolate by the nice warm fire.
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Snow Wonders - Children’s Museum of Virginia
Portsmouth, Fri & Sat nights, through Dec 27
Snow will fall from the sky, music will fill the air and we hope it brings back fond memories from other places you may have lived and enjoyed in the past. Also other holiday special events at the museum.
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Winter Christmas Festival - Amazing Farm Fun @Ticonderoga
Chantilly, weekends until Christmas
Christmas trees (choose/cut o& pre-cut) plus outdoor activities, fire pits to keep you warm and make s’ mores or roast hot dogs.
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A Colonial Christmas, Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Williamsburg & Yorktown, December 1-January 4, 2015
“A Colonial Christmas” offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions with special tours and interpretive programs and, December 26-31 and January 2-4, musical entertainment of the period. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film and guided tours compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. At the Yorktown Victory Center, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampments and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s farm.
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Children's Museum Challenges! - Children's Museum of Virginia
Portsmouth - December 22-24, 10:30, 12:30, 2:30 & 3:30
Take the chill off with our daily challenges. Relay races, games, contests, and obstacle courses will have your heart racing with anticipation.
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Fruitcake Science - Science Museum of Virginia
Richmond, December 26-30
Join us as we put everyone’s least favorite holiday treat to the test during Fruitcake Science. Watch fruitcakes stand up to blowtorches, liquid Nitrogen, electric currents, the laws of physics and more! Enjoy healthy fruitcake recipes in the Boost! Kitchen, learn how cooks dehydrate fruit and take part in unconventional experiments this holiday season.
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Noon Year’s Eve - Science Museum of Virginia
Richmond, December 31, 2014, 10am - 1pm
Ring in the New Year at the Museum! Watch our very own version of the ball drop, where we launch 2,015 bouncy balls using liquid Nitrogen at the strike of noon! Enjoy a juice toast, make your own noisemaker, construct a geodesic globe and much more.
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Cinderella - Encore Stage & Studio
Arlington, January 9-18, 2015
In this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, a young girl, nicknamed Cinderella by her cruel stepsisters, dreams of leaving her work behind and becoming a princess. When the Prince throws a ball, she finally gets her chance. With a little bit of magical assistance from her fairy godmother, Cinderella just might win the heart of her very own Prince Charming. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
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