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Posted on: April 23, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Newport News Children's Festival of Friends

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Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism will present the thirtieth Newport News Children's Festival of Friends on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Newport News Park. Children can meet their favorite book characters, including Pout Pout Fish, Little Critter, and Frog & Toad; 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 2019, are performances by Scott Wagoner Magic (12:00 p.m.), Rainbow Puppet Productions “Creatures Great & Small” (1:00 p.m.), Newport News Police K-9 Demonstration (1:00 p.m.) and the Mosaic Steel Drum Jr. Ensemble (2:00 p.m.). Children from the Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Instructional Class Programs City Arts dance program will showcase their talents at 3:00 p.m.

The festival will feature over 100 hands-on activities and attractions that will include make-and-take crafts, pony rides, trackless train, moon bounce, slide, obstacle course, fitness activities (gymnastics, obstacle courses, and tennis) to name a few. There will also be educational exhibits to include science experiments and gardening. Children will get a chance to see a variety of farm animals along with sheep shearing demonstrations. All activities are provided by City Departments and community organizations that provide services for children. 

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, waffles, seafood, gourmet cotton candy, barbeque, and Puerto Rican food. No pets will be 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, call 757-926-1400.




11:00 am              ZooPro (Animals) 

12:00 pm              Scott Wagoner Magic

1:00 pm                Rainbow Puppet Production’s “Creatures Great & Small”

2:00 pm                Mosaic Steel Drum Jr. Ensemble, Sponsored by the                                            Newport News Arts Commission

3:00 pm                Newport News City Arts (Dance)


Pout Pout Fish - 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Little Critter - 12:30 pm & 3:30 pm

Frog & Toad - 2:30 pm


Navy Fleet & Family Support Center- brochures, GAK

City of Newport News Fire Department- SAFE house, stickers, fire hats 

Newport News Engineering- coloring books, lanyards, prize wheel 

Newport News Public Library Systems- activities, button, storytelling

Newport News Police Department- K9 demo

Newport News Recycling (Public Works)- recycling relay, green hairspray

Mad Science- exciting, hands-on science experiments

Newport News Master Gardeners- Make-and-Take Flower Activity 

Newport News Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association- coloring and activity books, bendable figurines, prize wheel

HR CAP- arts and crafts, coloring/drawing station

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Youth Programs - crafts, games, summer camp info.

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Instructional Programs - face painting, gymnastics tumbling course, class demos, craft

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Aquatics - under the sea activity

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Tennis Program - tennis games & activities

Sister Cities of Newport News, Inc. - coloring activities, international flag display

Newport News Tourism - handouts, prize wheel, photo op

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - literature, art activity 

Denbigh East Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses - coloring activities, crafts

Charity Independent Baptist Church - flyers, toys, candy

NN- Hampton Chapter- Continental Societies, Inc. - arts & crafts, literature

Boy Scouts of America - games

Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast - membership and camp information, children’s activities, give-a-ways

Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula - brochures, face painting, coloring sheets

Center for Sexual Assault Survivors - literature, buttons, personalized door hangers

Newport News Healthy Families - program information, activities

Virginia Cooperative Extension - information about programs, give-a-ways, finger painting

Department of Medical Assistance Services (FAMIS) - literature, give-a-ways, coloring books and crayons

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - hula hoops, basket shot, magnets, candy, Wheel of Famous People

Edmarc Hospice for Children - brochures, coloring pages, craft, tic-tac-toe, Wags (mascot)

CASA- games and prizes, hand outs

Newport News Radio Control Club - remote airplanes, helicopters, drones, rc simulators

Hope Church - games and prizes, face painting, summer activity list

Gum Tree Farm - farm animals and sheep shearing demonstrations

Pony Rides - pony rides for children 

ZooPro - live animal exhibit

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter - shelter and adoption info., adoption van, craft

Fun Bus - fitness fun on wheels

Newport News Animal Services - Animal Services truck, animal welfare display

FREE Inflatable Rides - moon bounces, slides, trackless train, and obstacle course

*Preschool PlayZone - created especially for the younger fans of the Festival

Midtown Mystiques Synchronized Swimming - activity, princess characters

Bricks4 Kidz - legos

Drum Your Dream-  drum circles 


Couture Cakes by Nika

Jubilee Fun Foods

Crazy Pops Gourmet Popsicles

Deep Fried Inc.

Green Mountain Kettle Korn

Hawaiian Sno

Le Waf

Mr. Potato

Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake of VA

Over the Moon Pizza

Capt. Harrell & Sons Seafood Kitchen

Sugar Shack

Ben & Jerry’s

El Coqui Puerto Rican Cuisine

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