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Summer Camps

Summer Camps 2017


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. Wait List Me


Class size is limited to 10 – 12 children, 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.

For 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: $98 VLM members, $125 non-members.

Creatures of Confusion (FULL)

How do you tell a moth from a butterfly? How are whales and fish different? Come investigate a different pair of confusing critters each day.

Dates:  June 5-9 (FULL),  June 12-16 (FULL), June 19-23 (FULL), June 26-30 (FULL), July 10-14 (FULL).

Nature’s Changes (FULL)

From rain to the sunshine, winter to spring, high to low tide, baby to adult – we will learn about the many amazing changes that occur all around us in nature.

Dates: July 24-28 (FULL), July 31-Aug 4 (FULL), Aug 7-11 (FULL),  Aug 14-18 (FULL)


Register online or call 757-595-9135.

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Having Just Completed Kindergarten or Grade 1

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

Cost: $98 VLM members, $125 non-members.

Happy Habitats Around the World (FULL)

From the equator to the poles, we will explore deserts, rainforests, oceans, and other habitats while learning about the plants and animals that live in them.

Dates: June 19-23 (FULL), July 24-28 (FULL), July 31-Aug 4 (FULL), Aug 14-18 (FULL)


Hello Out There! (AM FULL)(PM Open 1:30-4pm)

Is anyone out there?  Do aliens exist?  Can we talk to them?  Let’s do some scientific alien-hunting and find out!

Dates: June 26-30 AM (FULL), June 26-30 PM (1:30-4pm)


Blown Away! (AM Full)(PM Open 1:30-4pm)

Ever wonder how birds and airplanes stay up in the air?  Come explore the basic principles of flight in this exciting camp.

Dates: August 7-11 (FULL), August 7-11 PM (1:30-4pm)

Register online or call 757-595-9135.

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Having Just Completed Grades 2 or 3

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

Cost: $98 VLM members, $125 non-members.

So You Want to be a Scientist

Are you always asking questions? Do you like learning about the natural world? Become a scientist for a week and explore five exciting careers in the natural sciences.

Dates: June 26-30, July 24-28, Aug 7-11

Rocks from Space!

Comets and asteroids and meteors…and more!  Join us as we study all kinds of rocks from outer space.

Dates: July 10-14

CSI: Earth

Strange things are happening on our planet: communications breakdowns, power outages, and more.  Could the culprit be from outer space?  Become a Cosmic Science Investigator and find out!

Dates: July 17-21


Register online or call 757-595-9135.

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Having Just Completed Grade 4 or 5

Science Myth-teries

Let’s explore the science behind some classic myths and viral internet phenomena to find out what’s really possible.  Be ready for some amazing scientific experiments that might even involve blowing some stuff up.  Come find out what’s real…and what’s busted.

Dates: June 19-23.

Time: 9:30am – noon

Cost: $98 VLM members, $125 non-members.

Register online or call 757-595-9135.

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Junior Naturalists (FULL)

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 10-14(FULL).

Time: 9:30am-4pm

Cost: $223 VLM member, $250 non-member

Register online or call 757-595-9135.

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