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Preschool Pals Playdate – Tuesday Mornings

Time: 9:00am – 12pm

Every Tuesday beginning October 1, join us for coffee, toddler play, and a Preschool Pals Planetarium show from 9am – 12pm!Sip on coffee while you watch your little scientist explore in the natural world and build in our toddler friendly indoor build zone. Don’t forget to take in a Preschool Pals Planetarium show starting at 9:45 am. Come join us and get ready to build and play every Tuesday morning!


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Special Build Saturdays

Dates: November 23

For the serious builders ages 7+, let curiosity and creativity go wild during Special Build Saturdays! For an added fee, these programs will spark your imagination and inspire you to build creatively with everyday materials around you.  Special Saturdays include:

  • November 23 – Cardboard Overload: Ever wanted to make a giant fort? How about make a castle with secret doors and tall towers? How high can you build until it falls over? Come explore big building projects at the VLM! Guests will have unlimited access to all our building materials, including a huge (and we mean HUGE) collection of recyclable cardboard and hard plastics to bring your craziest construction designs to life. This program will be presented beginning at 10 am. (Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.)

Each Special Build Saturday program is recommended for ages 7+, and all children must be accompanied by an adult (at no extra charge).

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Membership Swap: YMCA – Dec. 1 – Dec. 30

For the first time, the VLM is swapping memberships with the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads!

During the entire month of December, Virginia Living Museum Members who visit any of the 14 Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA locations and 22 South Hampton Roads YMCA locations will get unlimited group exercise classes, child care for up to two hours per day when at the Y and
state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Members can also take advantage of member reduced paid programs such as personal training and camps in the month of December.

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Fill the Canoe – Nov. 1 – Nov. 30

For the month of November as a gesture of thanks and giving, the Museum will be doing our annual “Fill the Canoe” with non-perishable food items to benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

All individuals who bring a food item will receive a coupon for a bottomless fountain drink or coffee at the Wild Side Café.

Please bring your non-perishable food items through November 30. The canoe is located in the Museum lobby to the right of the guest services desk.

Thank you all in advance for your donation!


Turkey Pardoning – Nov. 27

Celebrate the long and healthy lives of our wild turkeys during the VLM’s tenth annual Turkey Pardoning.

Enjoy indoor exhibits about wild turkeys and indoor activities that begin at 10 a.m. Attend the ceremony beginning indoors at 11 am and then out on the outdoor trail. Join Newport News Mayor McKinley Price as he pardons the turkeys during a brief ceremony on the outdoor trail beside the Turkey/Deer Habitat.

Bring a non-perishable food item to “FILL THE CANOE” in the Museum lobby for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. All individuals who bring a can will receive a coupon for a bottomless fountain drink or coffee for the Wild Side Cafe

Cost: VLM members free, non-members Museum admission $20 adults, $15 children ages 3-12.

Wild at Art Show – Dec. 6 & 7

Virginia artists Jim Wilson and David and William Turner passionate advocates for Virginia wildlife, host a 2-day show featuring artwork to enrich and inspire appreciation of nature. A portion of sales will support wildlife conservation at the VLM.

Cost: Free. Museum admission not included.


Owl Be Home for the Holidays  – Dec. 14Santa and Mrs. Claus

Our popular holiday event is now open to the public! Join us as we celebrate the season with hands-on projects, a hot chocolate bar, yummy breakfast treats and holiday games. Don’t miss special guests, Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Cost: Members $7, Non-members $12 plus museum admission
Time: 10am – noon


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