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The Virginia Discovery Museum is a resource for all children of our community. Children learn best in an inclusive environment where our differences are celebrated. As it has done for the past three decades, VDM will continue to serve the interests, needs and abilities of children of all backgrounds. We are committed to enabling our community's youngest members to play and learn together in a joyful, safe, and loving environment.

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Living Lab

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At a Glance
  • When: Saturdays
  • Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Ages: All Ages, with Adult
  • Where: Construction Zone
  • Admission: Free with Museum Admission or Membership
  • Disclaimer: All children may participate, but activities are video-recorded and an adult guardian’s consent is required for results to be collected as data.

Runs September-May. No registration required.

Child scientists needed! Living Lab is an opportunity for children of all ages to take an active role in the process of scientific discovery. Engage in short, fun activities as part of new and ongoing studies as you help researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA discover new insights into how children learn and grow. This program is part of a national initiative developed at the Museum of Science, Boston, to foster public awareness, engagement, and understanding of the scientific study of child development. Stop by any time during the program period to participate.

Developed with support from National Living Laboratory using funding under National Science Foundation Award Number 1113648. Opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations are those of the authors only.

Photo Policy

By visiting the Museum, you grant permission for any photographs of you and your dependents to be used for educational and promotional purposes. If you do not consent and wish to opt out of this policy, please inquire at the Front Desk or call (434) 977-1025.