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Summer Camps 2018

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Week-long camps are offered for ages 4 through grade 5.


Museum educators help children explore nature and space through hands-on activities, touring through the Museum and touching live animals.


Reservations may be made in person, or by phone, using American Express, Discover MasterCard or Visa credit card or through our secure online form.

Wait List

If a class is full, please call 757-595-9135 or utilize our online wait list form for consideration.

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Class size is limited, so sign up early! A minimum enrollment is established for each class and must be met at least five days prior to the first class meeting. You may cancel up to one week before the class unless otherwise stated, and receive a refund less a $10 handling fee. After that time, no refunds can be made. If the Virginia Living Museum cancels the program, a full refund will be issued. Members receive a discount on all classes. Join now.

You can register for summer camps 2018 online or by calling 757-595-9135.

NEW Full-day camps with options for before and after care

Dates: June 25-29

Time:  9am-3pm daily (also  optional before and after care)

Cost for the week: $235 VLM member, $265 non-members (Bring your own lunch)

Grades K-1 – In Your Backyard

Your backyard is an exciting habitat to explore! Join us as we dig deeper into leaf litter, check the canopy for cool critters, and watch for birds soaring through the sky while learning about different backyard  habitats.

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Grades 2-3 – Dinosaurs and More

Can’t get enough of all things prehistoric? Then this is the camp for you! Come walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, examine fossils up close, and learn what it takes to be a paleontologist.

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Grades 4-5 – Hey! This is (Mostly) Rocket Science!

Come discover the principles behind rocketry in this exciting full-day camp! We’ll be launching, flying and even exploding all kinds of rockets. Plus we’ll explore what it takes to be an astronaut, how they live and work in space,and so much more.

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NEW additional options:

Before care for camp participants: 8-9am. Additional Cost for week: $40

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After care for camp participants: 3-5:30pm. Additional Cost for week: $95, daily snack included.

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Half Day Program (Pre-K children Ages 4-5)

Children must be four years old by the first class meeting. All camps are five days,  9:30am-noon.

Cost: $120 VLM members, $135 non-members.

Places Where Animals Live and Play

Learn about butterflies in the garden and the lives of crabs. Crawl underground like an ant and howl like a wolf in the woods.

Dates:  June 4-8 (FULL), June 11-15 (FULL), June 18-22 (FULL), June 25-29

Let’s Do Science!

Investigate the world of physical science – from magnets and machines to liquids and light.

Dates: July 16-20 (FULL), July 23-27, July 30-August 3 (FULL), August 6-10 (FULL), August 13-17 (FULL)

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Half Day Program (Completed Kindergarten or Grade 1)

All camps are five days, 9:30am-noon

Cost: $120 VLM members, $135 non-members.

Animal Champions

Who is the biggest? Who’s the best? Speed, strength, size – by comparing a variety of traits, you’ll see how  animals measure up in their own Olympics.

Dates: July 30-August 3 (FULL), August 6-10, August 13-17. 

Sun and Moon

The Sun and the Moon are the two easiest sky objects to see.  Explore the relationships between the Sun, Moon and Earth in this wonderful camp!

Dates: June 18-22  (FULL)

How Big is Big?

The Moon is big, right?  What about the Earth?  Is the Sun even bigger?  Join us as we explore just how big is big!

Dates: July 9-13

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Half Day Program (Completed Grades 2 or 3)

All camps are five days, 9:30am-noon

Cost: $120 VLM members, $135 non-members.

Junior Paleontologists

What did the world look like when Allosaurus was alive? Explore ancient environments by investigating geological puzzles and the fossil evidence of dinosaurs and other prehistoric critters.

Dates: June 18-22, July 30-August 3

Among the Stars

Are all stars exactly like our Sun?  How might other stars be different?  Let’s explore space to find out!

Dates: July 16-20

Destination Space

Space is amazing!  Join us as we go exploring the cosmos to see what we can find.  Constellations, the Moon, the Solar System and more are on the itinerary!

Dates: July 23-27

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Full Day Program (Completed Grade 4 or 5)

Junior Naturalists

Come explore the diversity of habitats that surround us during this full-day field-based camp. We will visit forests, marshes, and the Chesapeake Bay in our quest to learn about the plants and animals of Tidewater Virginia.

Dates: July 16-20

Time: 9:30am-4pm

Cost: $235 VLM member, $265 non-member

Note: Before and after care is NOT offered this week.

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You can register for summer camps 2018 online or by calling 757-595-9135.