Spring Break

Monday-Friday, March 28-April 1, 2016

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. Go to our event calendar to register online or call the phone number listed below for more information.

Adventures in Vegetable Growing

Monday-Friday, March 28-April 1, 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.

Behind the Scenes

Monday-Friday, March 28-April 1, 1-1:30pm, Nature Center
Get a special peek at the inner workings of the 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 804-358-7168.

Pinwheels & Pastimes

Monday-Friday, March 28-April 1, 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! For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

A Rabbit on the Cabinet

Monday-Friday, March 28-April 1, 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 the wonders within the mansion are revealed 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, March 28-April 1, 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.

Family Scavenger Hunt

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, March 28, 30 & April 1, 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 804-358-7168. Limited space for walk-ups.

Animal Enrichment

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, March 28, 30 & April 1, 2-4 pm, Nature Center
Do animals enjoy puzzles, games, toys and treats? They do! Come assist Maymont staff in making enrichment items for our bobcat, fox, bears, otters and more. Deliver them to the animals and watch as they engage in the fun! Ages 5 and older; adult must accompany child. $15 per person/$12 members. Register online; for information, call 804-358-7168.

Animal Encounters

Tuesday and Thursday, March 29 and 31, 11am-12pm, Nature Center
Discover Maymont’s animals during up-close encounters. Visit with alligators, snakes and turtles, birds of prey, and animals of the Chesapeake Bay. $8 per person/$6 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 804-358-7168.

Celebrating Butterflies

Tuesday and Thursday, March 29 and 31, 11am-12pm, Children’s Farm Classroom
What are butterflies 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. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.

New! Geocaching

Tuesday and Thursday, March 29 and 31, 2-4pm, Nature Center and Grounds
If you enjoy Maymont’s scavenger hunts, you’ll want to try this new way to “hunt.” Learn about geocaching – treasure hunting using GPS units or smart phones with geocaching apps. We will make signature items for cache trading, and get out on the grounds for geocaching challenges. Ages 4 and older; adult must accompany child. $15 per family or group (up to four people)/$12 members. Register online; for information, call 804-358-7168. Limited space for walk-ups.

Fairy Chase

Thursday, March 31, 10:30am-12pm, Garden Hall
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 March 30; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

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