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Father’s Day – June 17

Time: 9-5 pm

Celebrate Father’s Day at the VLM! The Virginia Living Museum will offer 50% off admission for fathers or grandfathers coming in with their children on June 17. Are you a Museum member? Member fathers will be allowed one extra guest with any level of membership.


Summer Thursday Evenings – Open Late ’til 8

Grab the family and enjoy these Summer Thursday Evenings at the VLM! Every Thursday this summer (July 5 through August 30) enjoy EXTENDED museum hours.


Dinosaur Pajama Jam – July 7

Time: 7-9 pm

Jump into your favorite pair of pajamas and enjoy an evening of dino fun! Explore the museum after hours and enjoy games, crafts, animal encounters, dancing, and more. Event is designed for families with children ages 12 or under. Ticket sales begin June 1. Event has sold out in the past; get your tickets early!

$7 members; $12 non-members. Price increases July 2: $10 members; $15 non-members.


Shark Day – July 14

Time: 9-5 pm

Swim, paddle, wade, or sail in to this exciting day with sharky crafts, activities, and displays that will put a toothy grin on your face. Learn about these amazing animals and their relatives, and about the work being done to preserve their populations and habitats. Don’t miss the 2:30pm showing of “Into the Deep” (tickets required) in the Abbitt Planetarium!


VLM Blood Drive – August 8

Time: 10:30-2:30 pm

Give the gift of life! Every drop counts. To schedule an appointment, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/ or call 1-800-733-2767. Sponsor code: VLM. Donors will receive (while supplies last): $2 discount for up to four people associated with the donor free fountain drinks from the Wild Side Cafe.


Keep it Cool Day – August 11

Time: 9-5pm

Learn how the Virginia Living Museum keeps its cool during hot summer days with animal enrichiment activities designed with our animals in mind! See our otter enjoy a “fish-cicle” and more! We will also offer special behind-the-scenes Mastodon Tours (tickets required) as you learn about the Ice Age.

Keep it Cool is included in Museum admission. Adults $20, children (ages 3-12) $15. Mastodon Sneak Peek Tour tickets are $12 for Museum members and $14 plus Museum admission for non-members.