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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
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Includes 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

Leprechaun Trapping

Tuesday, March 16, 2021  |  4:00-5:00 p.m.  |  Register By: March 11

The leprechauns are on the loose in the Discovery Workshop, and Miss Frankie needs your help to catch them! Don some green and grab a lucky four-leaf clover as we work together to build a trap capable of capturing the little mischief makers, create colorful rainbow art, craft our own gleaming pot o’ gold, and more.

Register Online

Workshop: $30/Family. Supplies: +$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 ahead of the virtual workshop, which contains all necessary supplies. Kits are available for free delivery to addresses within our designated delivery area on the Friday before the workshop or for contactless pickup between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the workshop. 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 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 workshop 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

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