Baby Buds

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Baby Buds is a special playtime for children 2 and younger and their caregivers. The Museum will be closed for general admission visits during Baby Buds, and space is limited to 45 people total. To pre-register, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at (434) 977-1025 x102 or

What Is Baby Buds?

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 will have the opportunity to explore the Museum in a quieter, less-busy setting and engage with sensory stations and activities that focus on tactile stimulation, sound, light, and art. Please note that VDM’s Amazing Airways and Flight Lab areas are currently closed. Check out our Exhibits page to see what areas will be available during the playtime.

Notice: The Museum will be closed for general admission visits during Baby Buds but will open for regular visits starting at 11:00 a.m. following the playtime.

To Reserve a Spot for Dec. 17:
  1. Contact Us: Call (434) 977-1025 x102 or email by 5:00 p.m. Dec. 15 to submit your reservation 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 VDM memberships, the Museum’s Sponsored Admission Program, and other admission discounts do apply.

Upon arrival at the Museum on the playtime 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.