PRESS RELEASE: DOMINION ENERGY FAMILY EASTER 2023
Melissa Abernathy, Communications Manager
804-358-7166, ext. 315
February 24, 2023
Hop on Over to Maymont for Tons of Family Fun on Saturday, April 8, at Dominion Energy Family Easter
Richmond, Virginia – Based on last year’s strong turnout, Maymont is expanding its annual Dominion Energy Family Easter on Saturday, April 8, from 9am–3pm. Spreading out from the Carriage House Lawn to the Maymont Mansion lawn and beyond, this year’s spring “eggs-travaganza” offers families tons of interactive games and fun crafts, three stages of live entertainment, and an expanded Community Zone where families can meet local public service heroes and helpers, team mascots, and family-friendly local businesses and nonprofit organizations. In addition, the Maymont Mansion will be open for mini-tours, the lawn will be spread with picnic blankets to enjoy food from local vendors, and, of course, the Easter Bunny will hop on by!
Admission is just $5 per person — free for Maymont members and Museums for All* participants — and includes three activity tickets redeemable for crafts, games, Mansion mini-tours and The Robins Nature Center experience. For “eggs-tra” fun, families can purchase additional activity tickets for $2 for even more experiences, such as the Planting and Pollinator Station, the bonnet-making craft tent, temporary tattoos, and a chance to play a life-size Candy Adventure game. Every ticket redeemed earns a prize-filled egg, so families should bring a basket to take home the bounty.
Included in admission are performances by local talent from Richmond Urban Dance, the SPARC Touring Ensemble, Bach to Rock Kids’ Rock Band and the Jump Rope Squad, as well as Jonathan the Juggler and Creature Features presentations by Maymont’s educators. Younger guests can spend time in the Chalk Zone and Bubble Zone, and a new Dance Zone with dress-up props and a live DJ from Bach to Rock spinning tunes.
Just as spring is starting to bloom, guests are encouraged to “eggs-plore” the entire 100-acre estate in the Golden Egg Hunt presented by CoStar Group Builds. Guests solve clues to find the mystery locations of five symbolic golden eggs hidden around the grounds, earning an egg for each clue solved and a chance to enter prize drawings.
“We look forward to welcoming the entire community to Maymont this spring,” said Parke Richeson, Maymont Executive Director. “Dominion Energy Family Easter is a great time for everyone to experience all that Maymont has to offer. The event proceeds help us to care for Maymont and keep it open to everyone, year-round.”
Advance admission tickets are recommended for two timed-entry windows, 9 am–12 pm or 12–3 pm, to ensure there are enough eggs and fun for everyone; guests may stay until the grounds close at 7pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Maymont.org. Event proceeds benefit Maymont. The event is rain or shine, and tickets are non-refundable, except in the case that Maymont cancels the event. Free parking is available by the Hampton Street entrance or The Robins Nature Center, as well as on-street parking. The Maymont Farm parking lot and gates will be closed until 4 pm.
Event admission may be purchased in advance on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by visiting The Robins Nature Center or Stone Barn Welcome Center between 10am–5pm. *Museums for All participants may reserve free event admission for themselves and up to 3 guests by presenting an EBT card at these locations or at check-in on the day of the event.
Dominion Energy Family Easter kicks off a series of signature events at Maymont. On Saturday, April 29, Maymont hosts one of the largest plant and garden accessory sales in the region, Herbs Galore; and on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, the Summer Kick-Off Concert expands to two nights headlined by popular local bands, South Hill Banks and Three Sheets to the Wind. In the fall, look for the return of Bier-Garden in September, Garden Glow presented by Kroger in October-November, and Merry Market in December.
For full details on these and other events, visit the calendar.
Maymont is a well-preserved, 100-acre historic estate overlooking the James River that was given to the public by James and Sallie Dooley, who lived there from 1893 to 1925. Today, Maymont is a welcoming community gathering place, with many unique experiences for all to enjoy, including the historic Maymont Mansion, The Robins Nature Center, an arboretum, formal gardens, and habitats for native Virginia wildlife and farm animals. Consistently ranked one of Central Virginia’s top attractions by travelers and locals alike, Maymont serves over 700,000 guests annually, with free admission to the grounds, plus guided and self-guided tours, seasonal events, programs and rental spaces. Since 1975, Maymont has been maintained and operated by the nonprofit Maymont Foundation, committed to creating programs and experiences that delight, educate and inspire its guests.
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