Tourism Top 10

Posted on: January 11, 2018

Need Weekend Plans?

Jan. 12

  • Go to the longest running science fiction/fantasy convention in Hampton Roads – MarsCon at the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg. The convention runs Jan. 12-14. This is the 28th year of MarsCon. A ticket for the weekend is $50, but day passes and children's rates are available. Children's rates are half price for children 6-12 years old. This year, the theme is "Werewolves of MarsCon!" For a complete list of programming, visit the MarsCon website.
  • Enjoy live music by Mike Lawson at Craft 31 on Friday, Jan. 12 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Three sets of live acoustic folk and Americana music featuring original songs and covers from artists including Gregory Alan Isakov, John Mayer, Jason Isbell, Joshua Radin, Hozier, Ray LaMontagne and more.
  • Explore Taijiquan at a free class at the James City County Library on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10:30-11 a.m. Are you looking for a fun and relaxing way to strengthen your core and become more flexible? Try this beginning Taijiquan class to learn the basics of this ancient Chinese art. There is no need to sign up, just come prepared to learn and have fun.
  • Take the kids to STEAM Saturdays at the James City County Library on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1-3 p.m. This is a two-part activity with a demonstration from 1-1:30 p.m. featuring fire and ice. There will be demonstrations using fire, bubbling potions, and carbon dioxide gas frozen to negative 109°F. Learn properties of fire, chemical reactions, different stages of matter and more! There will be Mad Discovery Stations from 1:30-3 p.m.
    • Did you know you can make your own crazy bouncing ball in five minutes? Try it out at the make-and-take booth, or indulge your creativity and make your own lava lamp.
    • Explore a sonic sounds discovery station to change your voice as you learn how sound waves can be manipulated. They can even make water dance!
    • Investigate air pressure through a discovery station that demonstrates the floating world of Bernoulli’s principle. See how the air can crush cans and more!
  • Join the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers for a night of wonder and discovery on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 5:30-11:45 p.m. Away from the city lights, the broad cliffs above the York River are perfect for observing constellations, planets, and other features in the night sky. There is no fee for this program.
  • Try Pure Barre at a free beginner class on Sunday, Jan. 14 from 3:15-4 p.m. This class is designed so you can feel comfortable and confident in trying a new fitness routine. This class is free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out paperwork and become familiar with the studio. Must be 16 years or older.
  • Get your laugh on at the Comedy Club of Williamsburg on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. with Alex Scott. Scott is known for his quick wit. Scott has performed at numerous clubs in New York City and television shows on both HBO and BET.
  • Newly engaged? Join Colonial Heritage Golf Club to tour the beautiful venue, meet proven, professional vendors and enjoy complimentary champagne and heavy hors d’oeuvres on Sunday, Jan. 14 from 2-5 p.m. at their bridal show. This is not a trade show atmosphere. Come tour and chat in a comfortable, elegant environment. Registration is required.
  • Participate in the Three Rivers Three Peoples Hike on Monday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. until noon at York River State Park. This hike honors the shared history of African, European, and Native Americans who made their homes along the Mattaponi, Pamunkey and York Rivers. The hike will be along the Woodstock Pond and Mattaponi Trails, which are rated as easy. However, there is a section of the Mattaponi Trail that is not handicap accessible and will be a challenge for children in strollers. We will stop at certain points along the trails, in particular those that highlight the of the history of Taskinas Plantation and other areas of historic significance. 
  • Visit Historic Jamestowne for free in honor of a fee free day for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15.

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