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Summer Camps

Summer 2021

IN-PERSON FULL DAY AND HALF DAY CAMPS

Ages

Children must be four years old (for Pre-K) or have just completed grade you are registering for.

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

Activities

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

Reservations

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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Details

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!


PreK

Once Upon A Time 

Immerse yourself in this storybook themed camp. We bring a new book to life everyday through character acting, creating art based on the book, and discovering ways to make ourselves part of the story.

Time: 9am-Noon

Dates: June 7-11, June 14-18, June 21-25, June 28- July 7, and  July 12-16

Register for Once Upon a Time

 

Backyard Naturalist

Discover the cool things in your own backyard from teeny tiny creepy crawlies to large birds of prey. Get your hands dirty as we explore nature daily and learn how we can keep our backyard habitats safe for all living things.

Time: 9am-N00n

Dates: July 19-23, July 26-30, and August 2-6

Register for Backyard Naturalist

 

Eww, That’s Gross

Did you know that some animals like to eat poop? If that doesn’t make you go “eww” then this camp is for you! Discover the world of gross animal facts, and participate in activities that may be stinky or slimy or just plain gross!

Time: 9am-noon

Date: August 9-13, August 16-20, August 23-27, and August 30- September 3

Register for Eww Thats Gross

Grades K-2

Spy Academy

 

Shhhhh… this is a top-secret camp. Get ready to crack codes, conquer obstacle courses, and more all on the way to becoming a VLM certified spy.

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: June 21-25, June 28- July 2, and July 12-16

Register for Spy Academy

 

Fun in the Backyard

What’s that?! Explore the exciting ecosystems all around you in this nature based camp. Discover new animals, participate in outdoor games, and become anenvironmental ambassador through various environmental activities.

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: July 19-23, July 26-30, and August 2-6

Register for Fun in the Backyard

 

Myths and Legends

Uncover the mystery behind the myths and legends told across the world. From the skies to the ocean there are stories to be told, creatures to discover, and lessons to be learned along the way. 

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: August 9-13, August 16-20, August 23-27, and August 30- September 3

Register for Myths and Legends

Grades 3-5

Expedition Outdoors

 

Get excited about the natural world around you as we participate in citizen science with on sight scientists, develop real-world science skills and work on conservation efforts throughout the museum.

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: June 21-25, June 28- July 2, and July 12-16

Register for Expedition Outdoors

 

Build It Up, Break It Down

Spend the week creating, building, and sometimes breaking everything from bridges to towers. We will have daily building challenges, animal meet and greets, and lots of fun along the way!

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: July 19-23, July 26-30, and August 2-6

Register for Build It Up Break It Down

 

Extreme Science

We are taking science to the max. Join us for hands-on, over the top, larger than life science! Don’t try this at home!

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: August 9-13, August 16-20, August 23-27, and August 30- September 3

Register for Extreme Science

In-person Camp Changes

  • No before or aftercare will be offered to avoid the mixing of campers.
  • Drop off will occur outside. Please stay in your car and drive up when we are ready to receive campers for the day.
  • Contactless forehead thermometer will be used to check temperatures and a verbal health check for COVID-19 symptoms will be required before we can accept a camper for the day.
  • Pick-up will be a drive up only. Please stay in your car. You will be asked to create a two word code combination that only you and authorized adults know upon registration. This will take the place of handing over your photo ID.
  • Campers will be given a supply list of some items to bring with them on Day 1 such as pencils, glue, and crayons. These items will be theirs to use exclusively for the duration of the camp. 
  • Our outdoor areas will be utilized more frequently. Please make sure your child comes with a water bottle to stay hydrated and dressed for the weather.
  • Current camp capacity is at 15 campers for K-5. We will monitor case trends in Virginia and assess if our camp capacities can be raised to include those on our waitlist as camp weeks approach.

Other Precautionary Measures

  • All adults will be wearing face masks. You can prepare your child with this social story.
  • Campers are required to wear facemasks. 
  • Camp leaders will be the only ones handling high touch surfaces such as doors.
  • Each camper will have their own allocated space to leave their belongings.
  • All rooms have minimally 2 sinks for hand washing and multiple stations with hand sanitizer.
  • Snacks and lunches will be consumed in individual classrooms.
  • Areas will be sanitized after use, with special attention to surfaces before and after snack and lunch times. 
  • Refund policy will be relaxed and prorated if your child becomes sick during the week and you keep them home. Knowingly sending your child sick to camp forfeits your right for a refund.
  • If a fever is present, your child will not be allowed back to camp until 24 hours after their fever breaks without medication

 


 

You can register for summer camps 2020 online or by calling 757-595-9135.