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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 10% Off Program Registration

Upcoming Virtual Workshops

Earth Day Upcycle (Virtual)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021  |  4:00-5:00 p.m.  |  Ages 4 & Up

Let’s celebrate this big, blue marble we call home! Join Miss Frankie in the Discovery Workshop for some Earth Day upcycling challenges as we learn about taking care of our planet through recycling and creative reuse.

Register Online

Workshop: $30/Family. Supplies: +$15/Child. Annual Members: 10% Off. Space: 16 Kids. Register By: Noon on April 15.

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts (Virtual)

Tuesday, May 4, 2021  |  4:00-5:00 p.m.  |  Ages 4 & Up

Happy Mother's Day! Miss Frankie's been hard at work unlocking the secret behind the perfect Mother's Day gift, and she's discovered the best gifts come from the heart (with a little STEAM magic mixed in). Join her in the Discovery Workshop as we create something special to celebrate our moms.

Register Online

Workshop: $30/Family. Supplies: +$15/Child. Annual Members: 10% Off. Space: 16 Kids. Register By: Noon on April 29.

Endangered Species (In-Person)

Friday, May 21, 2021  |  10:00-11:00 a.m.  |  Ages 4 & Up

It’s our first in-person Discovery Workshop in over a year and our final workshop before Summer Camps start! Travel the globe with Miss Frankie as we discover some of Earth’s most endangered animals through hands-on science challenges and art activities. If registering for this in-person program, please review the COVID Procedures below.

Register Online

Workshop: $25/Child. Annual Members: 10% Off. Space: 12 Kids. Register By: Noon on May 19.

COVID-19 Procedures

These procedures relate to “In-Person” Discovery Workshops only.

General Rules
  • All program registrants must participate in a temperature check, and parents/guardians must answer a short verbal questionnaire (see below) during Check-In (see below).
  • All program registrants must wear a mask. If a child does not have a mask, one will be provided for them.
  • All program registrants are encouraged to social distance while in the Museum, but this will not be enforced.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the Museum, except water.

COVID-19 Questionnaire

Prior to your child’s workshop, please review the following questionnaire, which families will be asked at Check-In. In the past 14 days, have you:

  • Been directed to quarantine, isolate, or self-monitor?
  • Been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • Experienced a fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
  • Resided with or been in close contact with any person in the above-mentioned categories?

If you or anyone in your family answered “yes” to any of these questions, your child will not be permitted entry into the Museum. If you have any questions about any of VDM’s policies and procedures, please feel free to contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at or (434) 977-1025 x102.

Check-In & Check-Out Procedure
  • 9:45-10:00 a.m.: Arrival & Check-In. (This will take place in the Museum’s front lobby area.)
    • All program registrants must check in and submit to a temperature check.
    • All program registrants must wear a mask for the duration of the program.
    • Parents/Guardians will not be permitted beyond the lobby area.
    • Parents/Guardians will initial COVID questionnaire.
  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Program Activities
  • 11:00-11:10 a.m.: Pick-Up & Check-Out. (Parents/Guardians will wait in the lobby area or outside the Museum, and the child will be walked up by a staff member or volunteer.)
    • All visitors must exit the Museum by 11:10 a.m. to allow for the arrival of VDM’s cleaning crew.

Frequently Asked Questions

Activity Kit & Supplies (Virtual Only)

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.

Zoom Session (Virtual Only)

How do we access the virtual Zoom session?

This program requires Internet access and a webcam to participate. A VDM staff member will follow up by email with all registrants before the virtual workshop with details about the Zoom call.

COVID-19 Concerns (In-Person Only)

Will VDM be open for general admission during in-person programs?

No, VDM will remain closed for general admission visits during in-person programs.

Who else will be in the Museum during in-person programs?

At least two VDM staff members will be present during every in-person program. All staff members and any volunteers who will be in the building have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be wearing masks.

How often is the Museum cleaned?

A crew will be on site following all in-person programs to clean and sanitize. All visitors must exit the Museum by the scheduled Check-Out time before the cleaners arrive.

Financial Assistance

Does VDM offer financial assistance for Discovery Workshops?

In accordance with the Museum’s mission, VDM does offer scholarships for select educational programs, including Discovery Workshops, on a limited basis. For information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at or (434) 977-1025 x102.

Annual Members

How do I apply my 10% 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 10% discount when using our online order forms, please contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman 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?

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

Cancellations & Refunds (In-Person Only)

What is VDM's cancellation and refund policy for in-person programs?

A minimum of 6 children is required for an in-person program to run. If a program 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 corresponding program to be eligible for a refund. Individual cancellations must be received by email to 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 corresponding program or a participant fails to pass Check-In health procedures, the registration fee will be forfeited. No refunds will be issued after a program begins.

Program Preparedness (In-Person Only)

Where can I park to drop off and pick up my child?

VDM validates parking for Museum visitors at the Market Street Garage and Water Street Garage. Both locations provide the first hour of parking for free, and Museum 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.

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