Spring Break

Monday-Friday, April 2-6, 2018

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.

Adventures in Vegetable Growing

Monday-Friday, April 2-6, 10am-3pm, Jack’s Vegetable Garden
Stop by Jack’s Vegetable Garden and learn how to grow food in small spaces. Sow a seed with a Master Gardener and take it home to grow. Free!

A Rabbit on the Cabinet

Monday-Friday, April 2-6, 2-2:30pm, Maymont Mansion
Discover the enchanting home of the James and Sallie 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.

The Secret Life of a Victorian House

Monday-Friday, April 2-6, 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.

Family Scavenger Hunt

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, April 2, 4 & 6, 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. Limited space for walk-ups. Register online.

Pinwheels & Pastimes

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, April 2, 4 & 6, 1-2pm, Maymont Mansion Lawn
Join in 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, make a toy, or compete in races and other fun games from yesteryear. $5 per person.

Behind the Scenes

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, April 2, 4 & 6, 1:30-2pm, 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).

Animal Touch Tank

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, April 2, 4 & 6, 2-2:30pm and 3-3:30pm, Nature Center
Come get an up-close look at some of our favorite Chesapeake Bay animals! Touch a sea star, whelk, and more. $8 per person/$6 members (includes Nature Center admission). Register online by April 1. Walk-ups welcome, space permitting.

NEW! Magical Stories and Lovable Bears Party

Tuesday, April 3, 10:30am-12pm, Garden Hall
Beloved characters from the past, including Winne the Pooh, Piglet, Teddy Bear and their friends take children on a make-believe journey led by a charming storyteller in a party filled with games, a treasure hunt, crafts, refreshments and a carriage ride. Ages 4-7. $20 per child/$15 members. Parents are welcome! Register online by April 2.

Animal Encounters

Tuesday and Thursday, April 3 & 5, 11am-12pm, Nature Center
Meet some of Maymont’s animal ambassadors during scaly, feathered and furry close encounters. Different animals will be featured at each program, including alligators, snakes, turtles, birds of prey, and animals of the Chesapeake Bay. $8 per person/$6 members (includes Nature Center admission). Register online by April 2. Walk-ups welcome, space permitting.

Get to Know the Goats

Tuesday and Thursday, April 3 & 5, 1-2 pm, Maymont Farm
Meet some of our farm animals and check out their learned behaviors. Get an up-close glimpse of Maymont’s goats during a training session before you hand feed these friendly animal ambassadors. $8 per person/$6 members (includes Nature Center admission). Register online. Limited space for walk-ups.

Wetlands Exploration

Tuesday and Thursday, April 3 & 5, 2:30-3:30 pm, Maymont Grounds
Dive in and learn about the small creatures living in the stream that runs through Maymont’s grounds and exhibits. Through field investigations, students will gain a greater understanding of one of our most precious resources, wetlands. This program occurs outside, weather permitting; dress appropriately for the weather and be ready to get your hands dirty! Ages 6 and older. $9 per child (includes child’s Nature Center admission). Register online. Limited space for walk-ups.

Fairy Chase

Thursday, April 5, 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 April 4.