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Summer Camp. Weekly sessions now-Aug. 17, ages 5-10. Register for all 8 weeks and be enrolled in Junior Master Gardener Program through Virginia Cooperative Extension. Fees.

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SUN SENSE. Kids, beach towels and summer just naturally go together. However, children — and adults — need to protect their skin with sunscreen. Buy fresh sunscreen each year, cautions Parenting magazine in its June/July issue. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure; reapply every two hours and after swimming.

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Garden Overnights for Families. Bring your tent, sleeping bags and snacks and camp out in gardens. Dinner, activities and morning breakfast provided. July 28-29 and Aug. 25-26. Fees.

Storybook Forest Fun. Bring your preschooler ages 3-5 to participate in stories, games and craft projects to take home 10:30 a.m.-noon July 18 and Aug. 15. Fees.

Snack Time. 1:45 p.m. every day, stop by Friendship Pond to watch the fish and turtles get a "snack."

  • Norfolk Botanical Garden. Use Norview Avenue Exit off Interstate 64 and follow signs to the gardens. For information on garden admission and hours, call 441-5830; to register for special programs and obtain fee information, call the education department, 441-5838.


Outdoor Aviary. New 800-foot boardwalk and 5,000-square-foot coastal plains aviary; see pelicans, egrets, herons, cormorants, ducks and other birds in their new natural habitat enclosure.

Butterflies, Bugs ’n Blooms. Now-Oct. 7, see fluttering butterflies and blooming plants in the butterfly house, Virginia Living Museum. Volunteers on hand to identify local insects and share tips on creating backyard haven.

Pollination Station. Now-Oct. 7, watch live chrysalids emerge into butterflies. Enjoy interactive exhibits about pollinators. Young visitors act out the stages of pollination with puppets.

  • Virginia Living Museum. 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. Admission fees, hours: visit   or call 595-1900.


Free club line

Your community group can get its own free information line through the Daily Press 1-Line; for information, call Lynn Burke, 757-247-7450 or email

World of Birds. Now-Aug.12. Three free-flight shows per day; each 25-minute show features variety of birds, including hawks, owls, vultures, parrots and more. Daily performances 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., except Mondays.

Meet Your Zoo Day. July 14, Virginia Zoological Park. On Aug. 18, Twin Tiger Birthday Bash. The zoo also offers birthday parties, overnight stays and zoo camps.

Summer Safari Camp. Ages 4-grade nine. 626-0803.

  • Virginia Zoological Park. 3500 Granby St., Norfolk. Admission, hours: visit  or call 441-5227 or 624-9937.


Fishy Fun for Preschoolers. Create a cool hat, learn a fishy song, listen to a story and more. Fees.

Reptiles, the Beautiful and Deadly. Now through end of year.

Trash Bash 2001. See how to help conserve our marine environment.

Summer Day Camp. Designed for various age levels, including special evening camp.

SleepOvers. Sleep with the Fish July 28, Sleep with the Otters Aug. 18, Virginia Marine Science Museum. Museum also offers birthday parties for ages 3-12 years.

Virginia Marine Science Museum. 717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach. For admission, hours, directions and fees for special programs:  or call 425-FISH. To inquire or register for educational programs, call 437-6007.


Visit these sites for gardening-type activities you can do with children at home:

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