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Summer Thursday Nights

Enjoy our Summer Nights every Thursday from June 1 – Aug. 31

Stay late until 8pm with added activities including:

  • Live Music
  • Canoeing on Deer Park Lake
  • Animal Encounters
  • Naturally Speaking Summer Family Series
  • Outdoor Trail Open Until 7:30pm
  • Wild Side Café Family Dining Options – enjoy grab-and-go dinners and sit in the garden

 

Canoes

Wind down the day with a relaxing canoe ride around Deer Park Lake. Canoeing will launch from our Dock, adjacent to Children’s Learning Garden.

Cost: Included in museum admission

Live Music

With an eclectic mix of music, you will not want to miss the featured artists playing during our Summer Thursdays at the Conservation Garden.

Cost: Included in museum admission

Games

Every Thursday from July 13 to August 31 join us at the Conservation Garden for a variety of games and activities such as corn hole, giant Jenga, bubbles, etc.

Cost: Included in museum admission

Human Hamster Balls

What better way to end another exhilarating summer day than pretending to be a hamster in our human hamster balls! Every Thursday from June 1 to July 6 Hamster Balls will be located outside in our Conservation Garden. Hamster Balls will then be moved to our Changing Exhibit Gallery for the remainder of our Summer Thursdays.

Cost: $5 in addition to general admission.

Kaluoka-hina

Planetarium Shows

Check out two different shows during Summer Thursdays!

Virginia Skies – Explore the evening skies above Virginia in this classic planetarium presentation. A staff astronomer will discuss seasonal constellations as well as any planets visible. Additional topics may be explored depending on celestial happenings around the time of your visit.

Kaluoka’hina – The colorful inhabitants of Kaluoka’hina, an enchanted reef with magic to protect against humans finding it, live in peace until a volcano erupts and the spell is broken. Can a young sawfish and his pal restore the magic.

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

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

  Planetarium Shows Canoeing  Live
Music
Human Hamster Balls Education
July 6 4:30pm Kaluoka’hina

5:30 Virginia Skies

5-7pm

5:30-7:30pm

Soundspectrum Entertainment

5-7:45pm
July 13 4:30pm Kaluoka’hina

5:30 Virginia Skies

5-7pm

5:30-7:30pm

Nick Robinson

5-7:45pm 6-7pm

Naturally Speaking: “Seahorses in the Bay!”

July 20 4:30pm Kaluoka’hina

5:30 Virginia Skies

5-7pm

5:30-7:30pm

DJ Big L

5-7:45pm 6-7pm

Naturally Speaking: “Beautiful Butterflies!”

July 27 4:30pm Kaluoka’hina

5:30 Virginia Skies

5-7pm

5:30-7:30pm

Nick Robinson

5-7:45pm
August 3 4:30pm Kaluoka’hina

5:30 Virginia Skies

5-7pm

5:30-7:30pm

Soundspectrum Entertainment

5-7:45pm 6-7pm

Naturally Speaking: “Whose Track is That?”

August 10 4:30pm Kaluoka’hina

5:30 Virginia Skies

5-7pm

5:30-7:30

Cara McKinney

5-7:45pm
August 17 4:30pm Kaluoka’hina

5:30 Virginia Skies

5-7pm

5:30-7:30pm

DJ Big L

5-7:45pm 6-7pm

Naturally Speaking: “The Great American Eclipse”

August 24 4:30pm Kaluoka’hina

5:30 Virginia Skies

5-7pm

5:30-7:30pm

Nick Robinson

5-7:45pm
August 31 4:30pm Kaluoka’hina

5:30 Virginia Skies

5-7pm

5:30-7:30pm

Cara McKinney

5-7:45pm