If you are looking for something to do this weekend, there are a variety of activities!
Top 13 things to do in James City County this weekend, May 19-22:
•The 2016 Kingsmill Championship is this weekend! Enjoy golf on the River Course May 19-22 as the Ladies Pro Golf Association tees up.
Whether you enjoy one day or four days of the LPGA tournament, enjoy the only professional golf event in Virginia! There is a Junior Clinic for kids on Sat., May 21 and new this year there is an LPGA Lesson Zone on the driving range on both Sat. and Sun. Tickets are available for single days and multiple days. For each adult ticket, a child under the age of 17 is admitted for free.
•Go swing in the trees and master the Go Ape Freedom Park Course. There are both adult and junior courses, but some restrictions apply. Hours: The course usually opens 9 or 10 a.m. daily, depending on reservations, and closes at sunset.
Weather conditions are similar to public pools. The course operates in the rain, but if thunder and lightning occurs, the course is evacuated. Reservations are recommended.
•Learn about archaeology with a fun program, Adults in Archaeology! (ages 18+) on Sat., May 21, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Jamestown Beach Event Park. Cost is $25; $20 for JC/W residents and requires registration: 805260-A.
Remember watching Indiana Jones and wanting to be an archaeologist? Come out and join in the action at an active dig site with local archaeologists. Learn about the site, how to dig and identify, then jump in and get dirty! Bring a sack lunch and refillable water bottle.
•Take the kids to Family Fun Fest on Sat., May 21 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Cost is $5/per car payable by cash or check.
Enjoy petting animals, inflatable rides, hands-on activities, family entertainment, music and contests too! ‘Touch-a-Truck’ is back for all ages! Stop by the ‘Good for You Zone’ and see why being healthy can lead to loads of fun. Oh, and be sure to participate in the Fun Run! Grab some lunch provided by our food vendors and visit all of our local craft and business vendors! Offered in partnership with Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and Colonial Roadrunners.
•Enjoy Carnival of the Animals on Sat., May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Williamsburg Community Chapel presented by the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra with narrator Elisabeth Reiss, art by Bob Oller and dancers from the Virginia Regional Ballet.
A children’s classic written over 150 years ago, Carnival of the Animals will be narrated by Elisabeth Reiss. Each of the music's 14 movements represents a different animal, including a lion, donkey, and elephant, as well as fossils, an aquarium and an aviary. This event is possible thanks to the Charles & Millicent Brown Family Foundation, Dominion Foundation, Two Friends of Music and the Williamsburg Community Foundation. All ticketing is general admission.
•Go strawberry picking at MillFarm Christmas Trees and Berry Farm. The farm has weekend hours and accepts cash or check payment. This is a great family-friendly activity and has a sweet reward!
York River State Park
•Did you know that Sat., May 21 is National Kids to Parks Day? York River State Park will be offering a variety of activities including self-guided hikes with park packs or ranger guided programming.
oTyke Hike from 10 a.m. to noon
Is your toddler ready to explore the woods and get in touch with the natural world? Here is a hike for two to four year olds to make friends with the outdoors. A friendly ranger will lead them and parents on a one mile trail through hardwoods and pines, across a stream, and along a pond and the river. Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations. Meet at the Amphitheater.
oPresent Day Pirates Geochaching from 1-3 p.m.
A new way to find treasure. Geocaching makes use of the Global Positioning System to help you find caches of park information and small gifts. We will supply you with a GPS unit and the ranger will help you hike off of the beaten path for a unique discovery. Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations. Meet at the Amphitheater.
oMysterious Moonlight Canoe from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
There is no better way to enjoy the full moon than from a canoe on the beautiful Taskinas Creek. We'll enjoy the sights and sounds of the marsh at night as we paddle slowly up the placid creek. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. Canoes are $13/person or $8/person (family 4+). Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations. Meet at the Contact Station.
•Take the kids to a Kids Fishing Fanatic Tournament on Sat., May 21 from 9 a.m.-noon.
Share outdoor fun and create memories on Woodstock Pond. Children 15 and younger can catch bass, bluegill, and crappie for prizes. Bring your own rod and reel. There will be a limited amount of tackle and bait. Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations.
•Go River Seining on Sun., May 22 from 1-3 p.m. at York River State Park. Reservations are required (757-566-3036) and the group will meet at the Contact Station. This is a free event, but there is a small parking fee. This is a great educational family-friendly activity.
Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Our rangers will lead you in discovering the variety of aquatic life in the York River with seine and dip nets. We also provide waders upon request.
• Go ahead and Dabble in Discovery at the Visitor Center on Sun., May 22 from 4-5 p.m. at York River State Park. This event is free, but there is a small parking fee.
Which came first, the gray fox or the red? Does a crab keep its shell forever? Can box turtles swim? For the answer to these and other questions about the natural world, dabble in discovery with our on-site naturalist!
•Enjoy a Sunset Paddle on Sun., May 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at York River State Park. Reservations are required (757-566-3036) and the group will meet at the Contact Station.
As the colors of sunset fall on the marsh, a variety of sounds can be heard from birds and other creatures. Enjoy the beauty of this special time on the water with a guided paddling trip. Canoes are $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayaks are $16/person, and tandem kayaks are $11/person.