School may be out, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Throughout the school year, the Virginia Discovery Museum offers Day-Off Camps when Albemarle County and Charlottesville public schools close for Teacher Workdays. As VDM remains closed for general admission due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff has transitioned our Day-Off Camps to a virtual format. These virtual mini camps for children 4 and older focus on science, technology, engineering, art, and math enrichment through interactive games, hands-on crafts, and collaborative challenges while providing an outlet to interact with other kids in a safe, monitored online setting. Plus, virtual camps include pre-packaged activity kits that contain all necessary supplies, with both contactless pickup and FREE delivery available.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How will we receive our activity kit(s) and supplies?
Participants receive one activity kit per registered child ahead of the virtual camp, which contains all necessary supplies. Kits are available for free delivery to addresses within our designated delivery area on the Friday before the camp or for contactless pickup between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the camp. Pickup takes place behind the Virginia Discovery Museum at 591 E Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 between the Downtown Transit Station and C&O Restaurant. Please note that missed pickups will be charged a $15 fee to have their kit(s) delivered the following day, and program registration fees will not be returned for missed pickups. If you know ahead of time that you will be unable to pick up your kit during this designated time period, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can work with you to make alternate arrangements.
How do we access the virtual Zoom session?
A VDM staff member will follow up by email with all registrants before the virtual camp with details about the Zoom call.
How do I apply my 15% annual member discount?
To apply this discount to virtual program registrations made online, you 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 15% discount when using our online order forms, please contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at email@example.com.
Does VDM offer scholarships or financial assistance for Day-Off Camps?
Yes, the Museum does offer scholarships for select educational programs, including Day-Off Camps, on a limited basis. For more information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I set up my Website User Account?
Did I successfully link my Website User Account and membership record?
Contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at email@example.com, and we’ll make sure everything is all set.
To learn more about Day-Off Camps, contact Education Manager Frankie Szynskie at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at email@example.com.