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We ventured over to Peninsula Town Center in Hampton last weekend and checked out EVO for the first time. EVO Entertainment has a movie theater, arcade, and bowling alley. We didn't check out any movies, but we did eat, play games, and bowl. 

The bowling is rented by the half hour or hour, rather than the typical rental by games style. The clock counts down on the screen which is great for young kids who have trouble transitioning and need a little bit of a reminder. 

We grabbed arcade cards to play games. You can purchase the cards based on time, which don't allow you to play the claw machine type games, or you can purchase a card based on points which allow you to play all games. We opted for the hour style card which was the perfect amount of time. On Wednesdays they offer half priced games. 

*We were given free passes to visit EVO but all opinions are my own. 

2023-2024 Virginia Experiences Gift Guide

A team of bloggers across Virginia have teamed up together to bring you the 2023-2024 Experiences Gift guide. Click to checkout the guide. Our area is the Coastal Virginia section, or have a look to plan for a road trip. I love experience gifts because they make lasting memories and don't take up space in our house! 


Langley Speedway

For two Lightning McQueen lovers, Langley Speedway was the place to be last weekend. It was our first time at a race, and I had no idea how kid friendly the speedway is. There has been racing at Langley for 72 years, with racing from March to October. They are the oldest professional sports enterprise in Hampton Roads and the longest-running sports enterprise in Southeastern Virginia. 

We went on Halloween weekend, so there was a Trunk-or-Treat happening. We got to see all of the cars up close and personal and meet the drivers. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors or military, $7 for kids ages 6-12, and free for 5 and under. Snag a family pack of two adult and two children's tickets for $35. Races run from March to October. The race that we attended began at 5 and ended about 8:30. You can bring in a soft-sided cooler with drinks and snacks.  There is a children's playground right on the grounds, and kids were playing throughout the race. Be sure to bring headphones, as the cars are loud. 

Mission: Laser 757

 Opening this weekend, Mission Laser is the new hangout for kids in Hampton Roads. While you wait to play, there are arcade games and the crew will entertain the kids. Then you'll head into the first zone where you'll be briefed on your mission and how to use the laser guns. You'll then load into your vests and get ready to play. They do offer lightweight vests for littles that don't have the sensors on them. They can still carry a gun to play with. The game lasts about 20 minutes. Inside you can aim for the other players or targets around the room. There are several surprises around the arena, including a Legends of the Hidden Temple type head, whose eyes glow when the target is shot. 

Birthday party options are available. They include two games of laser tag and time in the party room. They even offer school fundraising nights as well as field trips. 
The building was clean, the staff was friendly, and we had a blast. This weekend they have an introductory sale of only $6 per game.  

Disney On Ice: Magic In the Stars

Disney On Ice: Magic In The Stars is here in Hampton Roads. Head over to the Hampton Coliseum on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. This was our first show, but I've always wanted to go. We picked this one because the boys' favorite Disney movie was represented, Cars. 


Expect to see elaborate costumes and floats, people hanging from the air, story telling that weaves the movies together, and lots of music and dance. You'll be amazed at the athletic ability of the cast. 

The show is about 90 minutes long with a 15 minute intermission in the middle. Be sure to pack a jacket, as the ice has to stay cold. 

Be aware, there are lots of toys for sale. Kids love the light up toys that you'll see all over the arena. Let them know if you'll be able to purchase ahead of time and what your limit for spending is.