The Virginia Discovery Museum offers interactive and hands-on drop-in, drop-off, and pop-up programming year-round to engage both children and adults, and we often collaborate with individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community to bring new programs to our visitors. Learn more about our current lineup of Weekly, Recurring, and Special programs below.
These drop-in and pop-up programs are free with Museum admission. Winter 2018 lineup below.
First & Third Mondays, 10:30 a.m. All Ages, with Adult.
Introduce children to new words and ideas through fun and engaging stories told in a variety of mediums.
New Parent Meetup
Tuesday Mornings, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Meet others starting their parenting journeys to chat about all things mom (and dad)! Nursing and napping babies welcome.
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 1-3, with Adult.
Short sensory, gross and fine motor, and science activities at an appropriate developmental level for our youngest visitors.
Spatial Games Club
Wednesday Afternoons, 4:00 p.m. Ages 3 & Up, with Adult.
Join Dr. Jamie Jirout and other researchers from UVA to play games and complete puzzles involving spatial learning.
Thursday Afternoons, 4:00 p.m. Ages 4-8.
Explore art, science, world cultures, and animals through crafts, experiments, games, special guests, and more.
Friday Mornings, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-6.
Join local artisan Irene Jennings as we explore different art movements and create pieces based on those concepts.
Saturday Afternoons, 1:00-3:00 p.m. All Ages, with Adult.
Meet child development researchers from UVA and participate in short, fun activities as part of new and ongoing studies.
Periodic and occasional programs for both children and adults. Some are free to attend, but others have a cost and/or require pre-registration as noted below.
Date Night Drop-Off
Once Monthly from September to March (Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Parents, need a Friday night out? Let us watch the kids while you enjoy some much-deserved time to yourselves!
This program has a fee and requires pre-registration.
$5 After Five
Weekly from April to August (Fridays, 5:00-8:00 p.m.)
Enjoy special late-play nights during the warmer months! Just $5 per family for members and non-members alike.
This program has a fee.
Occasional Discussion Series for Parents. Times Vary.
Meet educators and researchers to learn about parenting, healthy lifestyle management, child development, and more.
This program is free to attend.
Check back regularly to see what programs are upcoming! Some are free to attend, but others have a cost and/or require pre-registration as noted below.
Meet the Symphony Musician
Saturday, Jan. 13 & Feb. 3. 10:30 a.m. All Ages, with Adult.
Meet a guest musician from Charlottesville Symphony for a musical story time and instrument petting zoo.
This program is free to attend, but space is limited.