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Tattoo Tips for Family Adventures

 

WHERE TO EAT

Hullabaloo on Scope Plaza

Thursday-Saturday 4:30 – 7:30PM
Sunday 11:30 AM- 2:30PM
3 hours prior to Tattoo, Scope Plaza, Free

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 SEE 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 U.S. 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 support in Iraq.

Drill Teams

His Majesty the King’s Guard Drill Team from Norway will offer an impressive drill routine set to music. Kids will think the drill is impressive and parents will love the music!

Kids Tattoo Too

Look for lots of very talented young people in the show… Dancers, Singers, Bagpipers and Drummers.

International Military Bands

Military bands may perform for a variety of reasons such as special events, military review, public relations or troop entertainment. They often play ceremonial and marching music, including the national anthems and patriotic songs. Take note of the military bands from Belgium, Canada, Norway and the United States. Though they’re all military bands, they are quite different.


FUN & FREE OUTDOOR EVENTS

HULLABALOO

Thursday-Saturday 4:30 – 7:30PM
Sunday 11:30 AM- 2:30PM
Lots of great activities 3 hours prior to Tattoo, Scope Plaza, Free

Performances - Daily
Many of the performers who are in the Tattoo also perform at the Hullabaloo. It’s a bonus opportunity to see them provide a less formal performance. Expect lots of music, dance and drill!

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.

 

NATO FLAG RAISING

Thursday 5:00PM Scope Plaza, Free
Enjoy a cultural sampling of music and a colorful display of NATO Member Nation flags, uniforms and anthems in this military presentation representing all 29 NATO Member Nations.

NATO PARADE OF NATIONS

Saturday 10:30AM Downtown Norfolk, 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 29 NATO Nations in addition to U.S. and International Military and high school bands.

NATO FESTIVAL AT TOWN POINT PARK

Saturday 11:30 M – 3:30PM Downtown Norfolk, Free
Kids can visit each of the 29 NATO member tents for a stamp in their NATO Explorer Passport.

 

VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO AMERICAN PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIP 

Saturday 12:00PM – 5:00PM Competition; 6:00PM Massed Bands & Awards
Scope Plaza, Norfolk, Free
The 3rd Annual Virginia International Tattoo American Pipe Band Championship will feature Grade 2 and Grade 3 pipe bands from around the world.

 

HIGHLAND HEAVY ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday 11:30AM – 2:00PM Green Space across from Scope Plaza, Norfolk, Free
Yep, they will be flipping logs! The Virginia International Tattoo is partnering with Brute Strength Gym for a Heavy Athletic Championship, Highland-style, with a caber toss, keg toss and more.

MacArthur Memorial Event Schedule