Virginia Living Museum
Fun for Kids
View Calendar of Kids' Programs (advance registration required)
School Year Programs 2013-14
Programs are available for ages 3-8. Registration now open for all.
Check out this VIDEO of a Pre-K class in action!
Sharing Nature Together (3-year-olds and a caregiver)
Three-year-olds along with a parent or
grandparent are introduced to nature through creative activities.
Early Birds (ages 4-5)
Professional staff provide each child with a sensitive appreciation of the natural world.
Adventures in Nature (ages 6-8)
After-school programs provide
non-stop adventure for ages 6-8. They
can see what goes on "behind-the-scenes" and complete wildlife
Saturday Science Explorers (ages 6-8)
Children ages 6-8 explore the pond, rocks, fossils and microscopes.
Have your birthday party at the Virginia Living Museum for a unique and fun celebration!
Enjoy a private party room, an animal presentation just for your group,
and access to all the VLM has to offer from its indoor exhibits to the
outdoor trail. Member rates are available. Check out our party options.
Happy Birthday to you! The Virginia Living Museum would like to wish all of our members a very happy birthday! By registering for our
birthday club, children ages 3-12 will receive a postcard during their
birth month to redeem for a special treat at the Museum. Just bring your
postcard in and receive your treat at the front desk. This benefit is
available to family level memberships and memberships held by minors.
Haven't signed up yet? Just submit the member name as well as the child's name and birth date (day/month/year) to membership, call 757-595-1900 ext. 240 or sign up the next time you visit the Museum.
Story Time is the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.. Volunteer Tede Johnson will read a different story each month with a corresponding live animal show. Recommended for ages two and above. Included in regular Museum admission.
Explore the near and far wonders of nature on a safari with the Virginia Living Museum. Travel with us to discover the enchantment and beauty of our natural world. Our safaris offer you and your family an excellent opportunity to visit places you may not see on your own—even to sites not ordinarily open to the public.
The Museum offers Spring Break and
holiday programs for children. Please
register in advance.
The Museum offers FREE
grade-level-targeted guides to its living exhibits to homeschool families. Once a year, the Museum also offers homeschool families a full day of natural and space science programs. The next Homeschool Day will be Thursday, February 13, 2014 (Moved from Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.)
Groups spend Friday night at the Museum learning about all things celestial.
Kids participate in projects that help feed our animals.
Games and Activities
Check out these online matching games, printable crossword puzzles and animal coloring pages, and links to other sites with special nature-related activities for kids.
Summer Fun for Kids 2013
Children ages four through grade 5 can meet
live, touchable animals, explore the Museum and enjoy crafts and other
activities in week-long (morning and full day) summer programs that
explore nature and space. Register early, popular programs sell out
Special Program: Turtle Census
Students who have completed grades 6-8 can join us for three Saturdays (May 18, June 1, June 18) to help conduct a census of the
basking turtles in the lake on the Museum campus.
Summer Field Adventure
Children who have completed sixth and seventh grades can spend an exciting, fun-filled week exploring nature in the mountains.
Students who have completed grades 10 or 11 can spend three days assisting with and learning about careers in the museum and conservation fields.