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Fun for Kids

View Calendar of Kids' Programs (advance registration required)

School Year Programs

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Summer Programs 

astro kids campSummer Fun for Kids 2014

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 quickly.

Special Program: Turtle Census

Students who have completed grades 6-7 can join us for three Saturdays (June 7, 14 and 21) to help conduct a census of the basking turtles in the lake on the Museum campus.

Summer Field Adventure

Children who have completed grades 6-7 can spend an exciting, fun-filled week exploring nature in the mountains July 14-18.

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!
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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 projects. 

Saturday Science Explorers (ages 6-8)
Children ages 6-8 explore the pond, rocks, fossils and microscopes.

Birthday Parties Bubbles birthday

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.


Special Programs

Story Time
Story Time is the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. A volunteer will read a different story each month with a corresponding live animal show. Recommended for ages two and above. Included in regular Museum admission.

Weekend Safaris 
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.

Holiday Programs
The Museum offers Spring Break and holiday programs for children. Please register in advance.

Homeschool Families

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.)

Astro Camp-Ins 
Groups spend Friday night at the Museum learning about all things celestial. 

Kids Helping Animals
Animal Aid 

Kids participate in projects that help feed our animals.

Have fun

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.


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