So Disney World was outside of the family budget this year. But spring break doesn't have to be a somber, stay-at-home pity party.
Here are a five ways to spend your time off in Tidewater — including a few suggestions for those of us whose springtime "break" must take place on a single Saturday afternoon.
Solve a historic mystery
During their exploration, sleuths will meet with everyday characters from the Colonial period, join the march of the Fifes and Drums and watch as cannons fire to salute independence.
Spring visitors also will see the newly reconstructed Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury, which opened March 31. Modeled after James Anderson's blacksmith shop — a blacksmith from the 1770s who turned his shop into an industrial complex — visitors will learn about several trades practiced by journeymen, apprentices, prisoners of war, servants and slaves.
The RevQuest game, which runs through April 22, and access to the new blacksmith shop are included in the cost of a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket.
Tickets cost $39.95. For more information, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com or call 800-447-8679.
Remember the Titanic
In memory of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship, the wildly popular 1997 movie "Titanic" starring
Among the local theaters,
Throughout the week, the
Fishing season in
Other piers include Hilton Pier,
Hampton Roads Charter in Hampton starts its seasonal fishing trips on April 14. For more information, call 868-3474.
Bike through a garden
Norfolk Botanical Gardens begins its Bike Nights program on Monday, April 2. Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday through Oct. 15, guests can ride through the flowery trail from 4 to 7 p.m. You must bring your own bike to ride. Tram and boat tours also are offered from April to October during the day.
Admission to the garden costs $9 for adults, $7 for children. Call 441-5830 for more information.
Waller Mill Park in
York River State Park has a few bicycle-only trails among its 16 trails. Call 566-3036.
Games at the library
It's game time at local libraries, as they ramp up their programming for kids home from school.
Nearly every day this week, librarians and volunteers at
For more information, visit engagedpatrons.org or call 247-8677.
In Hampton, the Main Library will host a game day with
For more information, visit hamptonpubliclibrary.org or call 727-1154.