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As VDM remains closed for general admission due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff has transitioned our after-school Discovery Workshops to a virtual format. Join Miss Frankie on Tuesday afternoons as we explore a range of STEAM-focused topics designed to give children 4 and older opportunities to gain confidence through engaging, hands-on projects and interact with other kids in a safe, monitored online setting. Plus, virtual workshops include pre-packaged activity kits that contain all necessary supplies, with both contactless pickup and FREE delivery available.

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Tuesday Afternoons
3:00-4:00 p.m.

Include a Pre-Packaged Activity Kit with Supplies


Children 4 & Up
Live Instructor via Zoom

This Program Requires Internet Access & a Webcam


Program: $30/Family
Supplies: +$15/Child

Annual Members Receive 15% Off Program Registration

Upcoming Virtual Workshops

Spooky Seuss - SIGN-UP CLOSED

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020  |  3:00-4:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: Oct. 13

One fish, two fish, red fish … BOO fish! Join Dr. Frankie-stein in her Mad Science Lab as we bring new life to “The Lorax” and other classic Seuss stories through some “spooky” Halloween-inspired science and art twists.


Workshop: $30/Family. Materials: +$15/Child. Space: 16 Kids.


Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020  |  3:00-4:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: Oct. 23

Something’s a-bubblin’ in Miss Frankie’s Hallo-STEAM cauldron! From boo-loon cars to pumpkin lanterns to racing math monsters and more, concoct all sorts of kooky Halloween fun through science, technology, engineering, art, and math challenges. NOTE: Kit pickup and delivery for this workshop will take place Monday, Oct. 26, rather than the Wednesday preceding the workshop.

Register Online

Workshop: $30/Family. Materials: +$15/Child. Space: 16 Kids.

Hibernation Station

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020  |  3:00-4:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: Nov. 3

With winter just around the corner, many animals are busy preparing for hibernation, a special way some creatures save their energy through the coldest part of the year when food is hard to find. Grab a warm coat and join Miss Frankie for a virtual journey into the wilderness as we peek into the burrows and dens of these sleepy species through hands-on habitat building, sensory bags, and critter crafts.

Register Online

Workshop: $30/Family. Materials: +$15/Child. Space: 16 Kids.

Turkey Time

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020  |  3:00-4:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: Nov. 10

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, Miss Frankie wants to talk turkey … literally! Gobble up tasty turkey facts as we learn about the iconic holiday bird, craft a clever disguise to help Tom Turkey escape the dinner table, and craft festive tabletop decorations to share at your own Thanksgiving feast.

Register Online

Workshop: $30/Family. Materials: +$15/Child. Space: 16 Kids.

Fall Carnival Fun

Monday, Nov. 23, 2020  |  3:00-4:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: Nov. 16

Step right up to your own at-home carnival, and join Ms. Megan for some festive fall fun on the imaginary midway! Test your skill in a variety of hands-on games like ring toss, tower knockdown, and pin-the-tail-on-the-turkey; get your face painted with a temporary tattoo; snap a silly shot in the virtual photo booth with a DIY turkey face cut-out; and more as we celebrate the holiday season in style.

Register Online

Workshop: $30/Family. Materials: +$15/Child. Space: 16 Kids.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will we receive our activity kit(s) and supplies?

Participants receive one activity kit per registered child on the Wednesday before the virtual workshop, which contains all necessary supplies. Kits are available for free delivery to addresses within our designated delivery area or for contactless pickup between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. 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 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 workshop with details about the Zoom call.

How do I apply my 15% annual member discount?

Due to our closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VDM is honoring the 15% annual member discount for all current annual memberships as well as for those annual memberships that were active as of March 13, 2020, but have since expired. This benefit extension continues through Dec. 31, 2020. 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 are unsure if your annual membership was active as of March 13 and whether you qualify for this benefit extension or if you need help applying your 15% discount when using our online order forms, please contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at

Does VDM offer scholarships or financial assistance for Discovery Workshops?

Yes, the Museum does offer scholarships for select educational programs, including Discovery Workshops, on a limited basis. For more information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at

How do I set up my Website User Account?

You can follow the instructions here or contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at

Did I successfully link my Website User Account and membership record?

Contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at, and we’ll make sure everything is all set.

Contact Us

To learn more about Discovery Workshops, contact Education Manager Frankie Szynskie at For information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at