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As VDM remains closed for general admission due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff has transitioned our educational programs to a virtual format, including our brand new monthly Tot Box program for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers. Join Ms. Megan, a certified children’s librarian and education programming specialist, on Wednesday mornings over the course of four weeks as we combine live, weekly virtual interaction with a curated monthly box of fun, age-appropriate art, play, and learning supplies and instructions. Toddlers experience enormous change in their thinking, learning, and social and emotional experiences that help them explore and make sense of their new world. Their interactions with family and others around them help shape their personality and ways of thinking. Sensory experiences, imaginative play, process art, and positive social interactions help children develop pre-literacy, motor, and socioemotional skills. Monthly Tot Boxes are available for both contactless pickup and FREE delivery.

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4-Week Classes

Wednesday Mornings
10:30-11:00 a.m.

Include a Pre-Packaged Activity Kit with Supplies


Children 2-4, with Adult
Live Instructor via Zoom

This Program Requires Internet Access & Webcam


Program: $80/Family
Supplies: +$35/Child

Annual Members Receive 15% Off Program Registration

Upcoming Tot Boxes

October Tot Box (4 Classes)

Wednesdays (Oct. 7-28)  |  10:30-11:00 a.m.  |  Deadline: Sep. 23

Experience sensory play with a mini autumn sensory bin and taste-safe playdough, develop early literacy and motor skills with fall picture books and story extension activities, create art with homemade bath paint and no-mess leaf painting, introduce science exploration and prompts for imaginative play with DIY toddler toys and games, and more.

Register Online

Program: $80/Family. Supplies: +$35/Child. Space: 16 Kids.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will we receive our activity kit(s) and supplies?

Participants receive one curated activity kit per registered child on the Wednesday before the first virtual class, which contains fun, age-appropriate art, play, and learning supplies and instructions that will be used in that month’s weekly virtual classes. Kits are available for free delivery to addresses within our designated delivery area or for contactless pickup behind the Virginia Discovery Museum at 591 E Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 between the Downtown Transit Station and C&O Restaurant. Please note that missed pickups will be charged a $15 fee to have their kit(s) delivered the following day, and program registration fees will not be returned for missed pickups.

Do you offer a Tot Box subscription?

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer a subscription service for Tot Boxes. Families must register for each monthly program individually.

How do we access the weekly virtual Zoom sessions?

A VDM staff member will follow up by email with all registrants before the first virtual class with details about the Zoom calls.

How do I apply my 15% annual member discount?

Due to our closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VDM is honoring the 15% annual member discount for all current annual memberships as well as those that were active as of March 13, 2020, even if they have since expired. To apply your discount, you will need to create a Website User Account and link it to your membership record. 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 your annual membership has expired since March 13, 2020, and you would like to use the discount or if you need help applying your 15% discount when using our online registration forms, please contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at

How do I set up my Website User Account?

You can follow the instructions here or contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at

Did I successfully link my Website User Account and membership record?

Contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at, and we’ll make sure everything is all set.

Contact Us

To learn more about Tot Boxes, contact Education Manager Megan Smead at For information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at