11 a.m. Fridays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1
Bluebird Gap Farm, Pine Chapel Road, Hampton
Experience the art of storytelling through magic, music, puppetry and prose. Come early and bring a picnic basket or stay after to greet the animals and enjoy the playground. Free admission; 727-8311 or www.hampton.gov/parks
6-9 p.m. Sundays July-
Sunday evenings rock at the beach this summer with a musical mix of beach, pop, oldies, Motown and swing. You can just listen or get up and dance under the stars. Food available for purchase; bring chairs and blankets. Free, open to public; 727-8311 or www.hampton.gov/parks
FAMILY MOVIE SERIES
7 p.m. Tuesdays July-August
Buckroe Beach, Hampton
Bring your friends, family, folding chairs and blankets to enjoy movies: "Unaccompanied Minors on July 8; "Bee Movie" on July 15; "Shrek the Third" on July 22; "Daddy Day Camp" on July 29; "Nancy Drew" on Aug. 5; "Akeelah & the Bee" on Aug. 12; "The Water Horse" on Aug. 19; and "The Spiderwick Chronicles" on Aug. 26. Free, open to public; 727-8311 or www.hampton.gov/parks
7 p.m. Wednesdays July-August
Hear the Royal Hospital School Band from the United Kingdom on July 11, followed by the four-piece soul band Power Play on July 16. On July 23, it's the 12-piece party band, Kings of Swing, from Richmond with musical styles from swing to beach music and Motown. The Langley-based concert band, U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, appears Aug. 6.
Concert nights also feature face-painting, bubble-making and clowns for kids starting at 6:30 p.m. Free, open to public; bring lawn chairs and dancing shoes. Food available. 259-0209; www.merchantssquare.org
Noon-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 'til 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday now-Sept. 1
Boats for little ones and boats for "big" kids up to 160 pounds are now a cool source of fun entertainment in the Paver Courtyard. $4 per ride, five rides for $15. 727-0900; www.vasc.org
BEACH MUSIC CONCERT SERIES
6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays July 18 and 25
Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown waterfront
Relax with breezes from the York River, ice cream from Ben & Jerry's and a variety of beach music by live bands. You can also kick up your heels and learn a little shag dancing with demonstrations and lessons by the Colonial Shag Club. Suitable for all ages. Lawn chairs and blankets recommended. Sponsored by York County. Free.
9 a.m-4:30 p.m. July 25-27
The three-day event is all about old-fashioned blueberry shortcake, blueberry pancakes, local wines and door prizes. It's also the largest arts and crafts show on the Eastern Shore of
. The festival is opening act for on the most exciting weeks of activity on the scenic island, namely Pony Penning Week and auction of ponies. $4 admission adults (with an online coupon), $1 ages 12 and under. 824-3868; www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com
9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26
Intertribal dancing and drumming, panel discussions, themed museum tours and hands-on children's activities honor Virginia Indian cultures and their important legacy in America. Presented in partnership with the Virginia Indian community. $13.50 adults, $6.25 ages 6-12. 253-4838; www.historyisfun.org
9 a.m.-7 p.m. now-Oct. 12
Special summer outdoor art display features 50 large stone sculptures created by Zimbabwe artists. Titled "Mutambo," the collection depicts the art, beauty and people of the African continent and their belief that "spirits are being freed from the stone."
Afterward, enjoy adventures in the children's garden with water play, plants and hands-on experiences. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 3-18; free 2 and under 441-5830; www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org
HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL COLLECTIONS
Properly dispose of paints/stains, automotive products, lawn and garden chemicals, household cleansers and other chemicals at these collections sponsored by the Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority:
: 8 a.m.-noon, County Drive, off Goodwin Neck Road,
: Public Works Operations Complex, 419 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton. Aug. 9: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., JCSA staff parking lot on Tewning Road, off Ironbound Road, Williamsburg.