Summer Camps

Discover Your child’s Summer Adventure

Whether your child is brand new to the camp experience or already knows the ropes, the Virginia Discovery Museum’s week-long, half-day camps for children 4 to 8 offer great opportunities for kids to gain confidence, make friends, and learn about new things, like animals, engineering, cooking, chemistry, literature, space, and more. Campers will meet special guests from our community in art, science, and many other professions as they engage in a variety of crafts, games, and activities that will help expand their knowledge through hands-on experience. Plus, campers enjoy a special play time in the galleries each morning before the Museum opens.

Camp Details  |  2018 Camps  |  Emergency Release Form  |  Questions?

Camp Schedule

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
(Lunch Bunch: 12-1)*

*$5 per Day or $20 per Week (Child Packs a Lunch)

Age Range

Children 4-8
Low Staff-to-Child Ratio
(1:5 Maximum)

Campers Must Be Fully Independent in the Bathroom


$200/Child per Camp
VDM Discounts Apply
(Registration Required)

Includes Mid-Morning Snack & All Craft/Activity Supplies

Emergency Release Form

An Emergency Release Form must be completed for all campers by the first day of camp.

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Questions? Give us a call at (434) 977-1025 x104 or email

2018 Summer Camps

Early Bird Discount: Sign up by May 1, 2018, and receive $10 off one camp registration! Discount valid on in-person registrations only. Camp registration opens in mid-February, and camps regularly fill up, so be sure to reserve your child's spot in their favorite camp(s) early. The registration deadline for each camp is the Sunday one week before the camp begins.

Mediums & Movements

June 11-15  |  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: June 3

Calling all mini Michelangelos, pint-sized Picassos, small Seurats, and kid Kahlos! Travel through time with guest artisan Irene Jennings as we explore the diverse techniques and materials artists use and create masterpieces of our own to share.

Pre-Registration Required. Camp Capacity: 15 Campers.

Animals Around the World

June 18-22  |  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: June 10

All aboard! Journey through the jungle, visit a desert, dive deep into the ocean, and more as we discover the animals and habitats that make our planet such a diverse and exciting place.

Pre-Registration Required. Camp Capacity: 15 Campers.

Fun with Engineering

June 25-29  |  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: June 17

Towers! Bridges! Rafts! Join Albemarle High School’s Math, Engineering, and Science Academy, along with VDM staff, as we team up in small groups to engage in hands-on engineering and building challenges.

Pre-Registration Required. Camp Capacity: 15 Campers.

Travel the Artist’s Road

July 9-13  |  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 1

Where does art come from? Everywhere! Join guest artisan Irene Jennings as we explore art from around the world and try techniques from different cultures.

Pre-Registration Required. Camp Capacity: 15 Campers.

Junior Chefs*

July 16-20  |  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 8

Culinary fun for your young foodie! Learn baking basics and the cornerstones of cooking as we create mmm-mmm-masterpieces. Campers will make their own snacks and take home treats to share.

*Additional $25 Ingredients Fee Per Child. Pre-Registration Required. Camp Capacity: 15 Campers.

Mad Scientists

July 23-27  |  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 15

Strap on your goggles as you enter the Mad Science Lab! Join chemists from UVa’s Chemistry LEAD Program for a week of hands-on science exploration, experiments, and fun.

Pre-Registration Required. Camp Capacity: 15 Campers.

Kid Lit

July 30-August 3  |  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 22

Venture to France with Madeline, go a little wild with the Wild Things, search for a button with Corduroy, and more! Dive into a book (or two) each day as we bring the stories to life through themed crafts and activities.

Pre-Registration Required. Camp Capacity: 15 Campers.

Space Camp

August 6-10  |  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 29

Blast off with VDM as we build rockets, practice being astronauts, make a model of our solar system, and view the stars in our StarLab planetarium!

Pre-Registration Required. Camp Capacity: 15 Campers.

Best of 2018

August 13-17  |  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: August 5

Can’t decide which camp to attend? Try a mash-up of five of our favorites! Experience one day from five different themes in an end-of-summer celebration.

Pre-Registration Required. Camp Capacity: 15 Campers.