Enjoy a week of action-packed adventures during Spring Break!
Monday-Friday, April 6-10, 2015
Spend spring break week at Maymont! Indoor exhibits including Maymont Mansion and the Nature Center will be open all week (even on Monday, when they are usually closed), and there will be something fun to do every day! Most programs require advance registration. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
On Stage Performances
Monday-Friday, April 14-18, times and locations vary
Enjoy family-friendly performances. Visit our On Stage page for more information. Free admission. Funding provided by The E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.
Adventures in Vegetable Growing
Monday-Friday, April 6-10, 10am-2pm, Jack’s Vegetable Garden
What can be grown in one square foot? Stop by Jack's Vegetable Garden at the Children's Farm to talk with Chesterfield Master Gardeners and learn how to grow your own food in a pot, a small garden or even in one square foot of soil! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Pinwheels & Pastimes
Monday-Friday, April 6-10, 1-3pm, Maymont Mansion Lawn
Join an old-fashioned play party with the games and toys that amused boys and girls 100 years ago. People from the past encourage you to try your hand at hoops or hopscotch, make a toy or compete in races and other fun games from yesteryear. Free admission. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
New! A Rabbit on the Cabinet
Monday-Friday, April 6-10, 2-2:30pm, Maymont Mansion
Discover the enchanting home of Major and Mrs. Dooley as their nieces and nephews must have seen it more than 100 years ago. Find a lion in the fireplace, a swan in the bedroom, a rabbit on the cabinet and more as a Victorian nanny reveals the wonders within the mansion to children of all ages. $5 per person. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
The Secret Life of a Victorian House
Monday-Friday, April 6-10, 3-3:45pm, Maymont Mansion
The Dooleys' housemaid brings the mansion to life during a family-friendly tour of the upstairs and downstairs of their grand home. Climb the backstairs to discover hidden doors and bells as you experience life and work at the estate 100 years ago. $6 per person/$4 members. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.
Skunk Training Observation
Monday-Friday, April 6-10, 4-4:20pm, Eagle Amphitheater
Meet Maymont’s skunk, Gulliver, and watch as an educator demonstrates how this laid back guy has been trained for special programs. No need to worry about getting sprayed, he’s been de-scented! Donations welcome. Sign in at Raptor Valley by the eagle's nest prior to the program. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.
Family Scavenger Hunt
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, April 6, 8 & 10, 10am-12pm, Maymont Grounds
Explore Maymont’s 100 acres in a whole new way! Crack secret codes for clues, and use maps and riddles to find your way around the estate in this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels are available. Ages 4 and older; adult must accompany child. $15 per family or group (up to four people)/$12 members. Register online; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 324. Limited space for walk-ups.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, April 6, 8 & 10, 1-1:30pm, Nature Center
Discover Maymont's animals during up-close encounters! Visit with snakes and turtles (Monday), birds of prey (Wednesday), and animals of the Chesapeake Bay (Friday). $6 per person/$3 members (includes Nature Center admission). Register in the Nature Center lobby prior to the program; groups of 5 or more must register in advance. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.
New! Swamp Things
Tuesday, April 7, 10:30-11:30am, Nature Center
The swamp doesn’t seem like the most inviting habitat, but plenty of animals call it home. Meet several creatures of the swamp, including our new alligators, and discover how they survive in this wet and muddy world. Create a swamp thing of your own to take home! Ages 5 and older; adult must accompany child. $10 per child/$8 members (includes Nature Center admission). Register online; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333. Limited space for walk-ups.
Great Gardening with Kids: My First Pollinator Garden
Tuesday and Thursday, April 7 & 9, 9:30-10:30am, Children's Farm Classroom
What are pollinators and what do they need to live in the garden? Learn how to start a garden for butterflies and other pollinators, and learn what is needed to keep these important insects comfortable in their new home. Ages 5 and older; adult must accompany child. $5 per person. Register online or on site the day of program. Space is limited. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Behind the Scenes
Tuesday and Thursday, April 7 & 9, 1-1:30pm, Nature Center
Walk through the Employees Only door for a special peek at the inner workings of the Maymont Nature Center. Thirteen aquariums and more than 200 animals require more care than meets the eye. Ages 5 and older; adult must accompany child. $6 per person/$3 members (includes Nature Center admission). Register at the Visitor Center desk on the day of the program. (Groups of 5 or more must register in advance.) For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333 or 338.
Thursday, April 9, 10:30am-12pm, Maymont Grounds
Do you believe in fairies? Enjoy a magical morning filled with whimsy and make-believe. Play games, make wishes, hear stories and receive your very own wings and wand as you learn what fairies like to do and where they like to hide. Imaginative clues guide you around the lawns of Maymont as you search for the winged creatures, finding treasures along the way. This enchanting program concludes with a sweet treat of fairy cakes and lemonade. Meet at Maymont's Carriage House. Ages 4-8. $22 per child/$18 members. Parents are welcome to observe the program. Register online by April 8; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.