WHRO has teamed up with Bright by Text, a national parent texting program, to put expert tips, games and child development information directly into the hands of parents and caregivers, with content focused on pre-birth through age eight. Whether you're a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, neighbor, or babysitter, Bright by Text can make caring for a little one easier!

Text the word WHRO to 274448 to sign up.


Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-9 PM - CBN Christmas Village, CBN and Regent University
For two weekends this December, join us as the campus of CBN and Regent University transforms into an enchanting place—where the true meaning of the Christmas season is celebrated. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a festive array of activities and entertainment! Entry and activities are FREE* Immerse yourself in the ambiance of a Christmas Village…experience festive traditions for the whole family.

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8, - Grand Illumination Weekend, Williamsburg/Colonial Williamsburg
Kick off the weekend with Colonial Williamsburg's Christmas Parade on Saturday morning and don't miss the spectacular fireworks display at the Grand Illumination on Sunday evening! Also visit Busch Gardens' Christmas Town for spectacular decorations and fantastic holiday shows. We invite guests to join us as we illuminate the night sky above our beautiful colonial capital. In the 18th century, illuminations — the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks — celebrated major events such as the birthday of a reigning sovereign, military victories, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Begin the special day by checking out the unique decorations throughout the Historic Area. Then, enjoy musical performances on multiple stages throughout our streets and fireworks displays from the Capitol, the Magazine, and the Palace.

Friday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Revolution Kid's FREE Sewing Class, Revolution Studios Norfolk, 5718 Sellger Dr, Norfolk, VA
FREE sewing lesson project for kids ages 7 and up! Each child will learn basic fabric cutting, using a pattern, and sewing on a machine.

Saturday Dec. 7- 7th Annual Reindeer Trot 7K Challenge, Reindeer Rally 5K and THE KIDS CHRISTMAS Mile, Mount Trashmore
Reindeer Rally 5K : 8 a.m., Reindeer Trot 7k 930 a.m., Christmas Mile 11 a.m. ( Ages 2-12 ). Holiday Outfit Awards, and much more! A Parent Or Guardian Is Allowed To Run/Walk With Their Child ( without a Bib# ) for The Christmas Mile. Learn more.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Kids Christmas Party, 3401 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk VA
Food, gifts, games, and prizes

Saturday, Dec. 7, 6–8 p.m. - Family Movie Night, Princess Anne Family YMCA
Trinity Kids is excited to host a free Christmas family movie night! Families with children of all ages and stages are invited to attend. It will be a double feature of two Christmas Classics. Children are encouraged to wear their Christmas PJ's. Popcorn, drinks, snacks, and pizza will be provided at this family event.

Sunday, Dec. 8, 5-8:30 p.m. - The Truth Revealed at Christmas – Toy Giveaway, Thomas Eaton Middle School
Christmas time is right around the corner and that means toys for the kids. For the last few years, we have made it our mission to ensure every kid has a toy for Christmas. From dolls and bikes to Xbox 360s and Playstation 4s, we want to see a smile on the faces of as many kids as possible. But that's not all, join us for our annual Christmas play, written and directed by Mother Deborah Golden, this is something you don't want to miss.

Friday Dec. 13, 4-8 p.m. - Holiday Frost 2019-Children’s Holiday Celebration, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607
Our annual holiday celebration is back! This year, the theme is "The Nightmare Before Frozen" - merging two iconic holiday films into one incredible live experience! very child leaves with their first gift of the holiday season and with an unforgettable memory of this building-wide celebration. RSVP is appreciated but not required for entry.

Saturday, Dec 14, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Kids Mario Castle Gingerbread Class, Wine & Cake Hobbies Inc., 6527 Tideater Dr, Norfolk, VA
(AGES 6+) In this hands-on class, kids will decorate their very own Mario Gingerbread Castle & take it home to enjoy! Deadline to register 12/7.

Saturday, December 14, 1 p.m. - Storytime Fun: Cat in the Hat, Marketplace Court, 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA
Cat in the Hat Join Barnes & Noble for a very special story time where all books will be read aloud and signed for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Children will enjoy a storytime, a character meet and greet, milk and cookies, and a craft!

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m. - Christmas Eve at the Sandler Center, Sandler Center for Performing Arts
If you're looking for a way to celebrate Christmas, we'd love to invite you to a city-wide Christmas Eve service at 4 pm at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts. Children's check-in and light refreshments will begin at 3:45 pm, so plan to arrive in Town Center with enough time to park, walk over, and enjoy some Christmas festivities with us! Free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot or parking garages in Town Center of Virginia Beach. We'll sing Christmas Carols together and listen to an inspiring Christmas message about Jesus. We'll have childcare and classes for children 3 months through second grade with a Christmas story, crafts, and activities provided. Also, arrive a little early or stay after the service to take pictures with friends and family at our Christmas photo booth. We hope to see you here with us!


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According to the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, in the early years a child’s brain is developing at a faster rate than it will at any other point in their life. The interactions that a child has with adult caregivers at this stage sets the foundation upon which all later learning, behavior, and health depends. “Adult caregiver interactions in the early years of life are so critical for child development,” said Bright by Three President and CEO Jean McSpadden. “We want parents to have the best research-based information right at their fingertips.”

Bright by Text helps parents and caregivers make the most out of these interactions by illustrating fun and easy activities, providing positive parenting tips and resources, tips for aiding a child’s physical development, and through trusted and valued content from PBS. The program is proven to build nurturing caregiver-child relationships, and positively impact a child’s healthy development and school readiness.

In addition to expert content , Bright by Text includes messages about events and resources specific to Eastern Virginia, like free museum days, health clinics and preschool open enrollment periods. Text messages are available in English or Spanish and participants receive 3 to 5 text messages per week. Each message includes a link to a landing page with more detail, short modeling videos and links to related resources. 

Text the word WHRO to 274448 to sign up.

“It’s really exciting to have a service like this as a first time parent! There is a ton of information out there, but Bright by Text gives you simple, easy to use, and helpful information that has scientific backing. They’ve done the information sorting for you, and it’s a huge relief for expectant parents.”
- Derek, an expectant father and subscriber of Bright by Text.