Looking for enrichment-focused fun after school? Spark curiosity and investigative play with Discovery Workshops at the Virginia Discovery Museum! Workshops are hour-long drop-off programs for children 4 to 8 that explore a variety of new topics through fun and engaging hands-on activities, experiments, games, crafts, and collaborative challenges – all in a small, safe, and socially-distanced setting with our fully-vaccinated staff.
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Wednesday, May 11 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. | Spots Left: 8
Ages 4-8: What’s that ... a fin, slicing through the water? A huge tentacle reaching out of a cave? Look out: It’s a deep-sea Discovery Workshop! Dive in as we explore the science of sea creatures through experiments, games, and crafts.
Wednesday, May 25 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. | Spots Left: 6
Ages 4-8: Spooked by spiders? Creeped out by crickets? Never fear: Your opinion will surely undergo a metamorphosis after discovering the wonderful world of bugs! Join us for a brilliantly buggy afternoon as we investigate a variety of little critters that creep, squirm, and flutter.
- 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
- 3:50-4:00 p.m.: Arrival & Check-In
- Takes place in the Museum’s front lobby area.
- Workshops do not include playtime in the Museum galleries. If you wish to play in the galleries before a workshop, participants may arrive up to a half-hour prior to the start of the program. 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 workshop or they may leave the building and return for pickup at the conclusion of the program. Masks are required for all visitors older than 2.
- 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Program 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 they are walked up by a staff member or volunteer.
- 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 Workshops?
Yes, VDM will be open for general admission visits at 65% capacity during Discovery Workshops, but the Creation Station program room will only be open to program participants.
Who else will be in the program room during Workshops?
At least one VDM staff member will be present during every Discovery Workshop. All staff members and any volunteers who will be in the program room have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be wearing masks.
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 Workshop I want to participate in has filled?
Currently, Discovery Workshops have a maximum capacity of 12 children. If you have an interest in a Workshop that is full, please contact Education Manager Lara Musser at email@example.com or (434) 977-1025 x106 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 Workshops?
In accordance with the Museum’s mission, VDM does offer scholarships for educational programs, including Discovery Workshops, on a limited basis. For information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll make sure everything is all set.
Cancellations & Refunds
What is VDM's cancellation and refund policy for Workshops?
A minimum of 6 children is required for a 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 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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Do Workshops include gallery playtime?
Workshops do not include playtime in the Museum galleries. If you wish to play in the galleries before a workshop, participants may arrive up to a half-hour prior to the start of the program. 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 Workshops?
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.
To learn more about Discovery Workshops, contact Education Manager Lara Musser at email@example.com or (434) 977-1025 x106. For scholarship information, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 977-1025 x102.