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Baby Buds

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Baby Buds is a Drop-In program for children 2 and younger and their caregivers. Due to COVID restrictions, space is limited to 45 people total. To pre-register, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at (434) 977-1025 x102 or

  • Ages: 0-24 Months, with Adult
  • Capacity: 45 People Total
  • Next Dates:
    July 30 (2-4 p.m.) - FULL
    Aug. 23 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Where: Virginia Discovery Museum
  • Admission: By Reservation
  • Parking: Map
What Is Baby Buds?

Although the Virginia Discovery Museum is currently closed for regular drop-in visits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to offer limited-capacity, in-person programs throughout the summer. Baby Buds is a new-parent / new-caregiver meetup and open-exploration playtime for newborns, infants, and toddlers that encourages physical growth, social-emotional development, and emerging language skills. Participants – some for the very first time – will have the opportunity to explore the Museum, including our Sensory Studio, and engage with sensory stations and activities that focus on tactile stimulation, sound, light, and art. Please note that VDM’s Amazing Airways, Flight Lab, and Creation Station areas are currently closed. Check out our Exhibits page to see what areas will be available during the program.

Baby Buds on July 30 is Full. To Pre-Register for Aug. 23:
  1. Contact Us: Call (434) 977-1025 x102 or email by noon Aug. 20 to submit your registration request. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are only reserved once you receive a confirmation email.
  2. Pre-Pay Admission: Normal admission is $8 per person, adults and children, and children under 1 are admitted free. Active memberships do apply, as do the Museum’s Sponsored Admission Program and discounts for Blue Star Museums military families and ASTC and ACM members.

Upon arrival at the Museum on the program date, visitors must present their emailed confirmation and membership or other eligible discount card and finalize any outstanding admission payments. All adults must sign a waiver before entering the Museum, and all guests over the age of 2 must wear a mask while inside the building.

Parking & Directions

Parking: First hour free at Market Street Garage and Water Street Garage. VDM validates for one additional hour of free parking. Click to learn more about public bus routes, the Free Trolley, and other parking options.

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Photo Policy

By visiting the Museum, you grant permission for any photographs of you and your dependents to be used for educational and promotional purposes. If you do not consent and wish to opt out, please inquire at the front desk or call (434) 977-1025.