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Discovery Workshops

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After hosting virtual Discovery Workshops in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VDM is transitioning back to in-person workshops for children 4 and older for 2021. Workshops are hour-long drop-off programs exploring a variety of STEAM-focused topics, and children will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities and interact with other kids in a small, safe, and socially-distanced setting with our fully vaccinated staff. The Museum will remain closed for general admission visits during workshops.

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Select Fridays
Times: TBD

Learn More: Workshop Check-In & Check-Out


Children 4 & Up
Space: Limited to 12 Kids

Learn More: General Museum COVID-19 Procedures


Program: $25/Child
Annual Members: 10% Off

FAQs: Scholarships, Cancellations & Refunds

Upcoming Workshops

No Discovery Workshops Currently Scheduled

For other Museum program, please check out our Programs page.

COVID-19 Procedures

General Rules
  • All parents/guardians must sign a waiver during Check-In.
  • 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.

Check-In & Check-Out Procedure
  • 9:45-10:00 a.m.: Arrival & Check-In
    • Takes place in the Museum’s front lobby area.
    • All parents/guardians must sign a waiver.
    • All program registrants must wear a mask for the duration of the program.
    • Parents/Guardians will not be permitted beyond the lobby area.
  • 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

COVID-19 Concerns

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

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.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up

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