The Virginia Living Museum is opening its doors Friday evening for families with disabled children.
VersAbility Resources, a nonprofit that provides services and resources for disabled persons, will host the third annual City Serve Day from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the museum, which is at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News.
The event includes activities from touch tanks to scavenger hunts to face painting, said Margarita Jerla of VersAbility Resources.
“Many families are looking for a way to become a little more integrated in the community, and sometimes it’s difficult to go out and enjoy the same types of activities without having any issues,” Jerla said. “We provide a space where everybody understands. We all know what’s going on and know how to help you out.”
Past events have drawn about 300 families, Jerla said. This year there will be volunteers from Waters Edge Church to help guide activities and provide information about resources for families with disabled children.
“With us it’s okay, there’s no judging,” Jerla said. “It’s just a time for them to have space and support.”
Children up to age 22 are welcome and must bring a parent or guardian. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit VersAbility online.