Meet SpongeBob SquarePants and have fun learning about the history and ecology of our marine environment at our free family event!
Join our staff and volunteers, along with our friends from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the Hampton Waterways Restoration Project and Paleontologist and Museum Educator Mary Barlow, for fun hands-on learning activities, as well as arts and crafts projects, to help you discover the fascinating marine creatures from the past and present, as well as what we can do today to protect the Chesapeake Bay for future generations.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science outreach coordinator Kattie McMillan and VIMS volunteers will engage youngsters in learning about plants and animals that live in Chesapeake Bay and ocean. Visitors will have the opportunity to use scientific equipment and view preserved specimens from the VIMS fisheries and invertebrate collections. Youngsters will enjoy making a copepod (type of tiny crustacean) crown.
Paleontologist and museum educator Mary Barlow will display her personal collection of Yorktown Fossil Formation specimens that include bivalves, worm tubes, barnacles, sharks teeth, pieces of bones from prehistoric sea mammals and Chesapecten jeffersonius, an extinct scallop now known as the state fossil of Virginia.
Hampton Water Ways Restoration Project volunteers will display their EnviroScape model that Hampton Waterways Restoration Project (HWRP) uses to demonstrate how storm water runoff and other pollutants affects our waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.
Arts & Crafts
Based off the The Flat Stanley Project that was started in 1995 by a third grade schoolteacher as an opportunity for students to make connections with students of other member schools who have signed up with the project. On his vacation, Flat SpongeBob will help children make connections with the Bay! To raise awareness of the Chesapeake Bay, children will color and cut out Flat SpongeBob and are encouraged to take him with them on their next adventure anywhere in the Chesapeake Watershed. Families are then encouraged to share the photos of their Flat SpongeBob on Twitter at HamptonHistoryM or Facebook/HamptonHistoryMuseum using the hashtag #FlatSpongeBob.
After seeing examples of watercolor paintings of the Chesapeake Bay, children will then learn how to create their own using various techniques, including applying actual salt to water colors and observing the effect. Along with art skills children will see about how historians use pictures and paintings to learn about and teach about life on the bay hundreds of years ago.
Family activities are free of charge and take place in the museum’s Great Hall and courtyard continuously from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission to the museum galleries is a special $3 per person reduced rate on 2nd Saturdays. Afterwards, enjoy all there is to see and do at the 2nd Saturday Arts Walk in Downtown Hampton.
The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information, call 757-727-1610,
Photo courtesy of Hampton Roads Party Characters