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Homeschool Day – September 28, 2018

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

Registration Closes: September 26, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Register online anytime using the buttons below or call the Reservations Office at 757-595-9135, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm. Please register all attending coming to the Homeschool Day.

Homeschool Day

The Virginia Living Museum offers homeschool students grades K through 12 a day of fun and engaging programs that highlight important natural and environmental science concepts. All programs are curriculum and grade-level targeted and taught by the museum’s professional educators. All programs include a self-guided visit of museum exhibits and are offered at a discount to homeschool families. 

Homeschool Pricing:

Natural Science Class and Planetarium Programs: $10.50 (Members)/$12.50 (Non-members) per child per program, 45 minute programs

Environmental Lab: $12.50 (Members)/$14.50 (Non-members) per child per program, 1.5 hour programs

Curatorial Tour: $14(Members)/$16 (Non-members)

All programs include admission into the museum.

Note: All children entering program will pay program fee unless child is age 2 and under. 

Self-Guided Visit:

Cost: Non-members are $15 per adult and $10.00 per student. Members and ages 2 and under are free.

Note: Rates are discounted from General Admission: $20 per adult, $15 per child (ages 3-12). For programs listed above, parents may accompany child into the programs at no additional charge, however, non-member parents must pay the $15 Museum admission fee.

Register: Self-Guided Visit Only


Grade Level
Price (per child)
Animal ABC’s 1-2 10:15 – 11:00 am Natural Science  $10.50 member / $12.50 non-member
Bay BC’s K 9:15 – 10:00 am Natural Science  $10.50 member / $12.50 non-member
*NEW* Biomimicry: How Animals Inspire Engineering  4-5 2:15 – 3:00 pm Natural Science  $10.50 member / $12.50 non-member
*NEW* Lets Do Science!: Phases of the Moon  4-6 12:15 – 1:00 pm Natural Science  $10.50 member / $12.50 non-member
Inside Skeletons! 5 1:15 – 2:00 pm Natural Science $10.50 member / $12.50 non-member
Web of Life 3-4 11:15 am – 12:00 pm Natural Science $10.50 member / $12.50 non-member
Amphibians and Reptiles 6-12 1:15 – 2:45 pm Environmental Labs $12.50 member / $14.50 non-member
*NEW* Fires in the Sky 6-12 11:15 am – 12:45 pm Environmental Labs $12.50 member / $14.50 non-member
*NEW* Regions of Virginia 4-5 9:15 – 10:45 am Environmental Labs $12.50 member / $14.50 non-member
Day and Night  K-1 11:15 am – 12:00 pm Planetarium Program  $10.50 member / $12.50 non-member
Reasons for the Seasons  3-4 9:15 – 10:00 am Planetarium Program  $10.50 member / $12.50 non-member
The Skies of Jamestown  2-4 1:15 – 2:00 pm Planetarium Program  $10.50 member / $12.50 non-member
Two Small Pieces of Glass  5-12 3:15 – 4:00 pm Planetarium Program  $10.50 member / $12.50 non-member

Natural Science Programs

Animal ABC's (1-2)

Discover the animal ABCs of survival on land, air and water! Examine reptiles, birds and mammals for special adaptations that make it possible for them to climb, crawl, swim and fly. Special emphasis is given to frog and butterfly life cycles.

Bay BC's (K)

From crabs and sea stars to turtles and birds, young students explore the rich variety of life that fills our Chesapeake Bay and learn simple ways to protect the Bay’s fragile environment.

*NEW* Biomimicry: How Animals Inspire Engineering (4-5)

Dive deeper into the world of biomimicry! Learn how animals have inspired some of our greatest inventions and tackle an engineering challenge of your own.

*NEW* Lets Do Science!: Phases of the Moon (4-6)

Does the Earth’s shadow cause the phases of the moon? The answer might surprise you! Join our astronomy team in debunking common misconceptions about moon phases and investigate how this daily phenomenon really occurs.

Inside Skeletons! (5)

See what fish, birds, frogs and other animals look like from the inside out as we compare living vertebrates and invertebrates with their skeletons. Learn how bones help bats fly, snakes crawl, moles dig and more! Examine a human skeleton to see how we fit into the bony world!

Web of Life (3-4)

Piece together an ecological puzzle to reveal the basic concepts of photosynthesis, food chains and food webs. Meet “living” links that form nature’s chain of energy and learn about fascinating adaptations that help them survive.

Register: Natural Science Programs


Environmental Labs

Amphibians and Reptiles (6-12)

In this inquiry-based lab, students investigate structural and behavioral adaptations for feeding, locomotion and reproduction of these two major vertebrate groups by observing live reptiles and amphibians, and examining real museum specimens.

*NEW* Fires in the Sky (6-12)

Become a forensic scientist and determine if a wildfire was truly an accident. Through the scientific process, students will learn about the geology of Virginia, weather patterns, mountain ecosystems, fire safety, and ecology.

*NEW* Regions of Virginia(4-5)

Travel back in time and learn how people, plants, and animals adapted to the geography throughout Virginia. Wear comfortable shoes as this class will use the museum grounds! Discover the impact we have on our natural world and identify ways you can make a difference in Virginia’s future.

Register: Environmental Labs


Planetarium Programs

Day and Night (K-1)

As the Earth turns on its axis it produces the most noticeable changes in the sky apparent to a child. Through interactive demonstrations and the use of new digital technology a staff astronomer will explain the relative motions of the Sun and Earth in a way that is easily understood by young students.

Reasons for the Seasons (3-4)

Most elementary students have difficulty understanding the causes that result in the Earth’s seasons. In this engaging program, a staff astronomer effectively explains how the motions of the Earth make themselves evident to us on the ground and clears up common misconceptions about how the seasons change.

The Skies of Jamestown (2-4)

Students will discover the dangers of ocean travel in the early 1600s and come to better understand how important the stars were to two cultures as the colonists began to learn how to live with their Powhatan neighbors. This program includes a live discussion of the stars, planets and other heavenly bodies we see today in the skies above Jamestown.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (5-12)

Originally produced in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s groundbreaking work with his telescope, this program takes your students on a journey through the history of telescopes, how they are made, and how they have helped astronomers make so many astounding discoveries about the universe. A brief look at the current night sky is included.

Register: Planetarium Programs


Curatorial Tour at 11:15 am

Every Animal Has a Story (Ages 4 and up)

A special chance to walk the outdoor trail at the end of the day with our senior animal care staff and learn why and how our animals ended up with a new life at the living museum. Injured, orphaned, born in captivity or rescued as an illegal pet, every animal does have a special story and this is our opportunity to share it with the public.

Register: Every Animal Has a Story Tour


Animal Enrichment and Feedings

11:00 am Trout Feeding (Lower Level Mountain Cove)
12:30 pm Alligator Enrichment (Lower Level Cypress Swamp)
1:00 pm Beaver Enrichment (Outdoor Trail)
1:30 pm Aviary Feeding (Outdoor Trail)
2:00 pm Touch Tank Feeding (Upper Level Touch Tank)

Pop-Up Discovery Stations

Watch for Pop-Up Discovery Stations throughout the Museum and get hands-on with activities that include DNA Extraction, Turtle Tidbits, and more.