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Ongoing Summer Events

View the Sun from Observatory

View the Sun from the Rooftop Observatory – through Sept 2

Take the elevator or stairs to the rooftop observatory and join us in viewing the sun safely every day!
Date: daily through- Sept 2
:  noon-1pm
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
Time:  3:00pm
Cost: included in admission

June 14     Death Ray

June 21      Phone Book Friction

June 28     Whoosh Rocket

July 5         Air Cannon

July 12       Air Pressure Holds in water

July 19       Air Zooka

July 26     Water Rocket Launch

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

Every week during the summer a different full-dome planetarium program will be featured. This program will run Tuesday – Sunday at 3:30pm. Mondays the 3:30pm show will be Virginia Skies.

Dates: June 18 – September 1

Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.

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Honey Bee Day – Aug 17

Time: 9am – 5pm

Do you like honey? If so – you can thank honey bees for that sweet gift! We can also thank the beekeepers who raise and care for their bees and collect that delicious honey. Come learn how beekeepers do their jobs from Colonial Beekeepers,  participate in bee-related crafts and activities and taste the sweet gift of local honey from Silver Hand Meadery!

Activities include:

  • Microscope Parts of a Flower and become a BEE-tective by dissecting parts of a flower and learning about their parts!
  • Learn all about pollen and pollinators at our Pop Up Discovery Station!
  • BEE creative and do your own sting with pollen crafts!

Honey tastings will begin at 10am and end at 4pm. Honey will be available for purchase at the Wild Things Museum Store. 

Cost: Included with museum admission


Dino on the Loose –  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.



Pirate/Mermaid Pajama Jam – August 24

Time:  6pm-8pm

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.  

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Baby Shark Program- 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.

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