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Summer Camps 2023

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


Children must be four years old (for Pre-K) or have just completed the grade you are registering for. Week-long camps are offered for ages 4 through grade 5.


Pre-K Half Day Camp –  $135 member; $150 non-members

K – Grade 3 Full Day Camp – $260 member; $290 non-members 

Grade 4 – 5 Full Day Camp – $315 member; $350 non-members


Reservations may be made in person, or by phone, using American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa credit card.

To sign up online, please click on the dates you would like to register for, then fill out the secure online form.

Join 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 two weeks 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.

Half Day Camps | Pre-K ages 4-5

Half day Pre-k camps

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-12pm

Dates: June 12-16 | June 19-23 | June 26-30 

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-12pm

Dates: July 10-14 | July 17-21 | July 24-28

Let’s Do Science

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

Time: 9am-12pm

Dates: July 31 – August 4 | August 7-11 | August 14-18 | August 21-25

Full Day Camps | Grades K-1

Full day K-1 camps

Spy Academy

Shhh… 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 12-16 | June 19-23 | June 26-30 

Backyard Naturalist

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

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: July 10-14 | July 17-21 | July 24-28


The possibilities are endless when you bring your imagination! Be prepared to imagine, create, and explore the natural world and beyond.

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates:  July 31 – August 4 | August 7-11 | August 14-18 | August 21-25

Full Day Camps | Grades 2-3

Full day 2-3 camps

Expedition Outdoors

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

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: June 12-16 | June 19-23 | June 26-30 

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 10-14 | July 17-21 | July 24-28

A Trip Through Time

Did you ever wonder what’s out there? Come along as we visit planets, fossils, stars, and more on an amazing trip through time.

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: July 31 – August 4 | August 7-11 | August 14-18

Full Day Camps | Grades 4-5

Full day 4-5 camps

Eco Explorers

Join us as we travel around Tidewater Virginia to explore and visit forests, marshes, and the Chesapeake Bay. Each day we will be in the field taking scientific measurements, making observations, and enjoying nature. Make sure to pack your sense of adventure each day! 

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: June 19-23 | July 17-21 | August 14-18

Camp Updates

  • Drop off will occur outside. Please stay in your car and drive up when we are ready to receive campers for the day.
  • A verbal health check 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 full day camps, and 8 campers for half day Pre-K camps. We will create a waitlist for each camp as needed.


Other Precautionary Measures

  • 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.

Pick-up Policy & Photo Release Policy

Late Pickup Policy

Photo Release Policy