Discovery Workshops

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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 6 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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Frequency

Select Fridays
Times: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Drop-Off Program Check-In & Check-Out

Ages

Children 4 to 6
Space: Limited to 12 Kids

COVID Policies for Museum Programs

Registration

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

Scholarships, Cancellations & Refunds


Upcoming Workshops

Fall Foliage Fun

Friday, Oct. 8, 2021  |  4:00-5:00 p.m.  |  Ages 4-6

Why does the world change color in the fall? What are your favorite fall hues, shapes, and activities? Join Miss Lara as we explore the seasonal transformation from summer to fall through experiments and art.

Register Online

Program: $25/Child. Annual Members: 10% Off. Scholarships: Apply.
Space: 12 Kids. Register By: 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 6.

Dia De Muertos: A Celebration of Life

Friday, Oct. 22, 2021  |  4:00-5:00 p.m.  |  Ages 4-6

Ofrendas, calaveras, calacas, and marigolds … in Mexico and other Latinx countries, Halloween is not nearly as festive as the day after it. Join Miss Lara for a colorful look into the arts and traditions of Dia de Muertos, the “Day of the Dead,” and explore this celebratory autumn holiday through festive crafts and games … and even learn a little Spanish!

Register Online

Workshop: $25/Child. Annual Members: 10% Off. Scholarships: Apply.
Space: 12 Kids. Register By: 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 20.


COVID Policies

Program Participants
  • 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 who wish to stay and play in the Museum with any siblings during a workshop must pay admission for any children not participating in the program. Admission is half-price after 3:45 p.m. 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.

Exhibits & Amenities
  • VDM’s Amazing Airways and Flight Lab exhibits are currently closed due to COVID restrictions.
  • VDM’s public drinking fountain is currently shut down due to COVID restrictions.


Frequently Asked Questions

COVID Concerns

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 Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at operationsdirector@vadm.org or (434) 977-1025 x102 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.

Financial Assistance

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 operationsdirector@vadm.org or (434) 977-1025 x102.

Annual Members

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 Marketing Manager Matt Berman at marketing@vadm.org.

How do I set up my Website User Account?

You can follow the instructions here or contact Visitor Services Manager Matt Berman at marketing@vadm.org.

Did I successfully link my Website User Account and membership?

Contact Visitor Services Manager Matt Berman at marketing@vadm.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 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.

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?

Parents/Guardians who wish to stay and play in the Museum with any siblings during a workshop must pay admission for any children not participating in the program. Please note that admission is half-price after 3:45 p.m. Masks are required for all visitors older than 2.


Contact Us

To learn more about Discovery Workshops, contact Education Manager Lara Musser at lara@vadm.org or (434) 977-1025 x106. For scholarship information, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at operationsdirector@vadm.org or (434) 977-1025 x102.