Thursday, February 29, 2024

Summer Break is fast approaching. Here’s a list of free activities in Hampton

(HNNDaily/photo courtesy of Pixabay)
(HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

HAMPTON — Summer break is almost here and everyone is looking for a fun activity to keep away that inevitable summer boredom.

Here’s a list of 10 free things to do in Hampton this summer:

  1. Kids Bowl Free Program 

At a few Hampton bowling alley locations you can take your child for free to play up to two free games per child per day.

Here are a few participating locations: Century Lanes Bowling Center; Sparetimes

2. Home Depot Kids Workshops

If you have kids who are looking for a new creative outlet now that school’s out, stop by Home Depot and register for one of their free DIY Workshop classes.

3. Fort Monroe Casemate Museum 

Take your children on a tour of Fort Monroe, Hampton’s former active military base now open to the public. Self-guided tours are free. Once you’re done there are several attractions such as beaches, picnic areas and a fishing pier nearby.

4. Bluebird Gap Farm

Give your kids a chance to interact with farm animals. A few features include a pavilion that can hold 100 people, 18 picnic tables, a playground, a charcoal grill and many animals to interact with. Learn more here. 

5. Air Power Park

Take your children to this free park with an indoor museum that features themed rooms with more than 325 models of aircraft, spacecraft and nautical vessels representing all the U.S. branches of service and some other nations, according to its website. There’s also an observation deck outside.

6. Sandy Bottom Nature Park 

If you’re looking for more nature make sure to stop by Sandy Bottom Nature Park. The walking trails and park are open to the public for free but fishing and boating require a license and rental fee.

7. Buckroe Beach and Park

Want the beach but not the hassle of driving far? Hampton plays host to Buckroe Beach and Park. The beach is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with lifeguards on duty. This summer the city is offering a free shuttle to more parking so don’t worry about finding a parking spot.

8. Free Family Movie Night

Traditionally, Mill Point Park will host the Family Movie summer series. The 2018 info hasn’t been posted yet but keep an eye out for their summer schedule.

9. Visit a Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can shop locally at Buckroe Beach’s Farmer’s Market. Visiting the market is free and a great way to see what your local businesses are up to.

10. Groovin’ by the Bay

A new attraction that Buckroe Beach as to offer is the summer Sunday concerts. Groovin’ by the Bay is a family and pet friendly way to spend your Sunday evening. Feel free to bring a picnic and listen to the tunes.

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