Tattoo Tips for Family Adventures
2017 VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO TIPS
WHERE TO EAT?
Hullabaloo on Scope Plaza
There is something for everyone, from pizza to pretzels, from hotdogs to gyros, from smoothies to craft beer. Enjoy your meal in a festive atmosphere. There are plenty of seats and tables around the plaza. Average Price: $8 -15 per person
WHERE TO SIT AT THE TATTOO?
Upper 200 Level
Scope Arena is BIG, but the higher up (upper 200 level seats) are the most affordable ($20, discounted to $10 for students under the age of 25), and these seats give you the best birds-eye view of the show floor, the stage, and the Tattoo performers comings-and-goings. A family of 4 with two students would only pay $60.00; it’s less expensive than a movie!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE SHOW?
3, 2, 1……SHOWTIME!
Make sure you are in your seats in time to count down the start of the Tattoo with the enormous countdown clock on the screen. The show ALWAYS starts on time!
Marines with Instruments and Rifles
During the Military Obstacle Race you will see USMC Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams (FAST), running the race while carrying six-pound M4A1 rifles. These are an elite security force on standby to respond to threats to Naval, Marine Corps or other US government interests. You’ll see and hear the USMC Band, Quantico Marines playing exciting music. Though these Marines are playing instruments, every marine is a rifleman and the Marines from this band were deployed to conduct combat operations in support of the War in Iraq.
We’ve got two drill teams in the show this year! The Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force Regiment in the United Kingdom is known for their beautiful drills to music. Kids will think the drill is neat and parents will love the music! The Singapore Armed Forces Band will also feature their own drill team in their scene.
Kids Tattoo Too
Look for lots of very talented young people in the show…Irish Dancers, Singers, Bagpipers and Drummers.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR AT HULLABALOO?
Thurs-Sunday, Scope Plaza, free
DrumLine Battle - Daily
Drumlines battle in a head-to-head competition to see who will win based on a combination of drumming skills, movement, visuals, stick tricks, stunts and overall showmanship. Expect the unexpected! Hula-hoopers and dancers have participated in the past.
Military Vehicles and Kids Crafts - Daily
Keep your eyes peeled for a boat, a historic military vehicle and a craft tent.
Fireworks - Thursday
Stay after the show on Thursday night for the spectacular fireworks display to live music.
NATO FESTIVAL AT TOWN POINT PARK
Kids can visit each of the 28 NATO member tents for a stamp in their NATO Explorer Passport.
NATO Parade of Nations, FREE
The oldest continuously-held parade in the region and the only one in the United States honoring NATO features floats representing each of the 28 NATO Nations in addition to U.S. and International Military and high school bands.