Does your child like to play chess? Are they interested in learning to play this timeless game? Exercise their mind muscles at Chess Mates! This multi-week class series focuses on building an understanding of chess and having fun while developing creativity, executive function, and math skills. Chess Mates is led by guest coach John Teixeira, a two-time Albemarle and Charlottesville area chess champion with 45 years of experience playing and coaching.
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Upcoming Class Series
Winter 2022 – Session 1
Tuesdays (Jan. 11-Feb. 8) | 4:00-5:00 p.m. | Spots Left: 0
Ages 6 & Up: Session 1 is suitable for players of all skill levels. Beginners will work on basic mechanics and gameplay while more experienced players will work on skills development.
Winter 2022 – Session 2
Tuesdays (Jan. 11-Feb. 8) | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | Spots Left: 3
Ages 6 & Up: Session 2 is suitable for players of all skill levels. Beginners will work on basic mechanics and gameplay while more experienced players will work on skills development.
- Program participants with any of these symptoms are asked to refrain from visiting the Museum.
- All program participants must wear a mask. If a child does not have a mask, one will be provided for them.
- All parents/guardians must Check-In and sign a waiver at the front desk before dropping program participants off in the Creation Station program room.
- No food, gum, or drinks are allowed in the Museum, except water bottles.
Check-In & Check-Out
- 3:55-4:00 p.m.: Arrival & Check-In
- Takes place in the Museum’s front lobby area.
- Chess Mates does not include playtime in the Museum galleries. If you wish to play in the galleries before a class, participants may arrive up to a half-hour prior to the start of the class. Participants who arrive earlier in the day to play in the galleries must pay admission.
- Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay in the Museum galleries to supervise siblings during the class period or they may leave the building and return for pickup at the conclusion of the class. Masks are required for all visitors older than 2.
- 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Class Instruction & Activities
- 5:00-5:05 p.m.: Pick-Up & Check-Out
- Parents/Guardians may wait outside Creation Station to pick up program participants or wait in the galleries until the class concludes.
- All visitors must exit the Museum by 5:05 p.m. to allow for the arrival of VDM’s cleaning crew.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will VDM be open for general admission during Chess Mates?
Yes, VDM will be open for general admission visits at 65% capacity during Chess Mates, but the Creation Station program room will only be open to program participants.
Who else will be in the program room during Chess Mates?
The class instructor will be present during every Chess Mates class, and he is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be wearing a mask.
How often is the Museum cleaned?
A crew will be on site after the Museum closes to clean and sanitize. All program participants must exit the Museum by the scheduled Check-Out time before the cleaners arrive.
Registration & Waitlists
What if the Chess Mates series I want to participate in has filled?
Currently, each Chess Mates series has a maximum capacity of 12 children. If you have an interest in a class series that is full, please contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 977-1025 x102 to add your child's name to the waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, those on the waitlist will be contacted in the order their requests were received.
Does VDM offer financial assistance for Chess Mates?
In accordance with the Museum’s mission, VDM does offer scholarships for educational programs, including Chess Mates, on a limited basis. For information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at email@example.com or (434) 977-1025 x102.
How do I apply my 10% annual member discount?
To apply this discount to program registrations made online, you must have an active annual membership and will need to create a Website User Account and link it to your membership record by following these instructions. If you have already created a Website User Account, click the registration link for the program you wish to register for and sign in using the link at the top of the registration page. If you need help applying your 10% discount when using our online order forms, please contact Visitor Services Manager Matt Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I set up my Website User Account?
Did I successfully link my Website User Account and membership?
Contact Visitor Services Manager Matt Berman at email@example.com, and we’ll make sure everything is all set.
Cancellations & Refunds
What is VDM's cancellation and refund policy for Chess Mates?
A minimum of 6 children is required for a class series to run. If a class series is canceled by the Museum due to insufficient enrollment or other extenuating circumstances, the registration fee will be refunded to all registrants.
Individual cancellations must be made at least 2 weeks before the program to be eligible for a refund. If an individual cancellation causes the program roster to fall below the required minimum, the refund will be contingent upon the vacancy being filled. If an individual cancellation is made within two weeks of the program, the registration fee will be forfeited. No refunds will be issued after a program begins.
Drop-Off & Pick-Up
Where can I park to drop off and pick up my child?
VDM validates parking for class registrants at the Market Street Garage and Water Street Garage. Both locations provide the first hour of parking for free, and event guests receive an additional hour of free parking – for a total of two hours – when they request a validation ticket at VDM’s front desk. The Museum is also located next to the Downtown Transit Station, and Charlottesville Area Transit offers a Free Trolley that stops at the station as it travels through Downtown and the University of Virginia. Click to learn more about parking downtown or more about public bus routes and fares.
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Does Chess Mates include gallery playtime?
Chess Mates series do not include playtime in the Museum galleries. If you wish to play in the galleries before a class, participants may arrive up to a half-hour prior to the start of the class. Participants who arrive earlier in the day to play in the galleries must pay admission.
Are parents / guardians allowed to stay and play in the Museum with non-participating siblings during Chess Mates?
Yes, parents / guardians are welcome to stay in the Museum galleries to supervise siblings during the class period or they may leave the building and return for pickup at the conclusion of the class. Masks are required for all visitors older than 2.
Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? To learn more about Chess Mates or to apply for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 977-1025 x102.