Ongoing Summer Events
View the Sun from Observatory
Take the elevator or stairs to the rooftop observatory and join us in viewing the sun safely every day!
Date: daily through- Sept 3
Cost: included in museum admission
Weather permitting. In inclement weather there will be indoor UV light demonstrations
Super Science Fridays
Super Science LIVE! Every Friday this summer – through Aug 30
Experience live 15 minute science demos in the conservation garden. Weather permitting.
Date: Fridays through August 30
Cost: included in admission
June 21 Phone Book Friction
June 28 Whoosh Rocket
July 5 Air Cannon
July 12 Air Pressure Holds in water
July 19 Air Zooka
Aug 2 Wind Tubes
Aug 9 Bernoulli Vacuum
Aug 16 Folding Paper More than 7X
Aug 23 Diet Coke & Mentos Height Challenge
Aug 30 Elephant Toothpaste
Summer Fulldome Series
Summer Fulldome Series – through Sept 1More Information
Bee Talk – July 3, Aug 7
Join Andy Westrich & Colonial Beekeepers for a 20 minute program at the bee hive. This time is an opportunity for guests to have a Q&A with our resident beekeeper. Find out what makes our vertical hive “one of a kind” and learn how an active hive survives and thrives! Meet at the beehive on the main floor at 12:30pm. Included in Museum admission.
Dino on the Loose – July 20, Aug 24, Sept 21
Time: 1pm (weather permitting)
Join our walking T. rex for a 15 minute dinosaur parade, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail! Included in Museum admission.
Baby Shark Program-June 29, August 3, August 31
Time: 11:30am – Noon
Location: Inside Shark Zone exhibit
Join us for a special presentation on Baby Catsharks that are bred and raised right here at the VLM! See the various stages of development and learn from an aquarist how these animals survive and thrive! Presentation will take place inside the SHARK ZONE.
Spirit of America – July 4th
Planetarium Show Times: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10pm
Cost : VLM members $3, non-members $6
Please purchase tickets in advance. This show is likely to sell out.
Celebrate July 4th at the VLM! Join us in the air conditioned Abbitt Planetarium for a celebration of America. Spirit of America mixes great patriotic music with America-inspired rock & roll and songs that have defined American music. Rock on to great artists like John Fogerty, Garth Brooks, Lee Greenwood and so many, many more.
Recommended for ages 6 and up.Buy Tickets
Naturally Speaking Series
The Virginia Living Museum’s Naturally Speaking Lecture Series returns for 2019. Join us for light hors-d’oeuvre with a cash beer/wine bar starting at 6 pm followed by our speaker at 6:30 pm. The talk will run for 20 minutes allowing time for questions and a 7 pm wrap-up.
Adult only event for donors, members, and non-members. Program is free but we ask you to RSVP so we know to expect you and can prepare appropriately. Thank you!
July 18 – Naturally Speaking Series: Moon to Mars-Back to the Future
Take a quick journey through NASA’s current plans of returning humans to the Moon and then on to Mars, along with some historical and social context.
Patrick A. Troutman graduated in 1984 from the Virginia Tech with a BS in Aerospace & Oceanographic Engineering along with a minor in Computer Science. In the past 30 plus years he has worked for NASA designing and assessing the International Space Station, leading systems analysis related to future space scenarios including managing the NASA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts (RASC) program, helping to define the Vision for Space Exploration, leading the integration for the Constellation Program lunar surface architecture, and leading human space exploration mission design for the NASA Human Spaceflight Architecture Team and the Evolvable Mars Campaign. Mr. Troutman currently serves as the lead for human exploration strategic assessments at the NASA Langley Research Center where his current efforts include developing what the next set of activities for humans should be beyond the international space station, and how those missions will prepare humanity for missions to the Moon and Mars.
Join us for light hors-d’oeuvre with a cash beer/wine bar starting at 6 pm followed by our speaker at 6:30 pm. The talk will run for 20 minutes allowing time for questions and a 7 pm wrap-up.
Adult only event for donors, members, and non-members. Program is free but we ask you to RSVP so we know to expect you and can prepare appropriately. Thank you!RSVP to Moon to Mars
50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Celebration – July 20
The Virginia Living Museum will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with a day filled with space science and excitement! Planned activities include:
- Planetarium programs throughout the day, including Astronaut and A Giant Leap: Exploration Beyond the Moon
- View a 1/3 scale model of an Apollo capsule currently on loan to us from NASA. it is in the planetarium lobby.
- Presentation of our Mercury space suit
- A variety of fun photo opportunities for the family, including Astronaut dress-up, “lunar” footprints, and more!
- Special presentation debunking a common “Moon Landing Hoax” misconception
- Live animal programs featuring critters that have gone to space!
- Grab a “Lunar Lunch” special in the Wild Side Cafe!
- Lots of space-themed goodies for sale at the Wild Things Museum Store!
- Try your hand at training like an astronaut
- Celebrate Apollo 11 with a water rocket launch!
- Make your own rocket to take home!
- Moon-themed story times for the little ones
- And much more fun throughout the museum!
Some activities are weather dependent. All activities included with regular museum admission.
Shark Pajama Jam – July 26
Pirate/Mermaid Pajama Jam – August 24
Location: Inside the SHARK ZONE and main level of the museum
Jump into your favorite pair of pajamas and enjoy an after hours PJ Party! Enjoy the museum after hours with shark themed games, crafts, animal encounters, dancing, and much more. This after hours event is designed for families with children ages 10 and under.For more details and tickets
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