Workshop FAQs

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Here are some common questions we receive about our Discovery Workshops regarding program registration, financial assistance, cancellations and refunds, and arrival and check-in. Please call (434) 977-1025 x104 or email for additional assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Program Registration
    Program Registration

    What if a Discovery Workshop I want to participate in has filled?

    All Discovery Workshops have a maximum capacity of 12 children. After a workshop has filled, we place children on a waiting list. Situations often arise in which a registered child is unable to attend the program. In the event of such cancellations, the Museum contacts families on the waiting list in the order their registration requests were received.

  2. Financial Assistance
    Financial Assistance

    Does the Museum offer financial assistance for Discovery Workshops?

    Yes, scholarships are provided for Discovery Workshops on a rolling scale based on financial need. If there is a financial hardship that would prevent your child from participating in a workshop, please contact our Programming Education Manager at (434) 977-1025 x104 for scholarship information. Applicants will be asked to fill out either an electronic or paper scholarship request form in order to be approved for financial assistance.

    Would you like to support our scholarship fund? If you or your organization would like to donate to the Museum’s scholarship fund, please call (434) 977-1025 x102 or email, or mail a check payable to “Virginia Discovery Museum” indicating “Scholarship Fund.”

  3. Cancellations & Refunds
    Cancellations & Refunds

    What is the Museum’s cancellation and refund policy?

    A minimum of six students is required for a Discovery Workshop to run. If a workshop is canceled by the Museum due to insufficient enrollment, the registration fee will be refunded to all registrants. Individual registration cancellations must be made at least two business days before the beginning of the corresponding workshop in order to be eligible for a refund. If the cancellation causes the program roster to fall below the required minimum, the refund will be contingent upon the vacancy being filled. No refunds will be issued after a workshop begins.

    Please note: Cancellations must be made by calling (434) 977-1025 x104, emailing, or visiting the Museum at 524 East Main St. on the Downtown Mall.

  4. Arrival & Check-In
    Arrival & Check-In

    Where can I park to drop my child off for a Discovery Workshop?

    We suggest parking in the Market Street Garage, which is conveniently located across from the Museum and provides visitors with their first hour of parking for free. Effective Oct. 1, 2017, VDM validates parking for Museum visitors at the Market Street Garage only. VDM will provide you a validation ticket for an additional hour of free parking, for a total of two free hours. To get to the Museum from the Market Street Garage, take the Main Street elevator to the ground level; VDM is across the bricks to the left, next to our antique carousel.

    When does check-in begin for Discovery Workshops?

    All Discovery Workshops run from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Check-in starts at 4:10 p.m. at the Museum’s Front Desk. Please sign in before heading back to Creation Station.