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Hampton History Museum Hosts Free ‘Build the City: Minecraft Madness!’

March 07, 2017 |

The Hampton History Museum hosts the free family event “Build the City: Minecraft Madness” where children become architects and builders to construct a large-scale model of downtown Hampton on Saturday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Carousel Park.

Using cardboard boxes and other recyclable materials teams of children will construct the buildings of downtown Hampton in the art style of Minecraft. There is no set age range; the entire family is encouraged to join the fun.

Sylvan Learning Center will set up a variety of k'nex bridges from their new engineering program, along with their LEGO carousel robot. In addition, they will have a LEGO guessing jar. Whoever is able to guess how many Legos are in the jar will win a free spot in Sylvan's Minecraft Robotics class.

Thousands of LEGOs will be on hand to create buildings and other structures in a dedicated area.

The historic Hampton Carousel will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for this special event. Rides are $1.00. The carousel opens for the season in April 2017.

Carousel Park is located at 602 Settlers Landing Rd in Downtown Hampton next the Virginia Air & Space Center.

There is plenty of free parking in the garage diagonally across the street from Carousel Park. For more information, dial 757/727-1102, or visit

The Hampton History Museum hosts free 2nd Saturday Family Events at the museum each month that explore different themes about the city and its past from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This special Minecraft event being held at Carousel Park begins an hour earlier than usual.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed for the March 11 event to assist families and teams of children in constructing the model of Downtown Hampton. No prior knowledge of Minecraft or Hampton architecture is necessary to patriciate, only a positive attitude and desire to inspire children’s creativity. 

Boxes and recyclables needed
The Hampton History Museum also needs cardboard boxes and other reusable materials such as egg cartons and paper towel rolls that can be used in building the model of Downtown Hampton on March 11.

All sizes of boxes will be accepted though the need is great for smaller boxes such as for Girl Scout cookies, tea, toothpaste, cereal or others roughly smaller than a large shoe box.

The public is asked to bring gently used, clean materials to the museum at 120 Old Hampton Lane between 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. (Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) before March 8.

For more information, or to recommend a source for boxes and recyclables, please contact museum educator Kris Peters at 757/727-6838 or