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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 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 three to four weeks as we combine weekly, interactive virtual playdates with a curated monthly box of fun, age-appropriate art, play, and learning activities that engage the senses, encourage curiosity and exploration, and inspire conversation and bonding between caregiver and child. 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 help shape their personality and 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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3-4 Playdates

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

Includes Box of Supplies & 1 Month of At-Home Activities


Children 2-4, with Adult
Live Instructor via Zoom

Virtual Playdates Require Internet Access & a Webcam


Program: $60-80/Family
Supplies: +$25-35/Child

Annual Members Receive 15% Off Program Registration

Upcoming Tot Boxes

March Tot Box - SIGN-UP CLOSED

Wednesdays (March 10-24)  |  10:30-11:00 a.m.  |  Register By: Feb. 25

During March’s playdates, we'll read books, play games, make art, and sing songs. Plus, your Tot Box will include activities to try on your own throughout the month: Enjoy tactile exploratory play as you sift through kinetic sand to uncover dinosaur bones and eggs in a “dino dig” sensory bin, create salt dough fossils, and build dinosaur skeletons with pasta and playdough; explore toddler science as you experiment with blooming paper daisies and investigate how marshmallow Peeps react in various liquids; engage in pretend play with no-sew sock bunnies; exercise fine-motor skills with fingerprint snapdragons and a flower garden collage; and more.


Program: $60/Family. Activity Box: +$25/Child. Capacity: 16 Kids.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will we receive our activity box(es) and supplies?

Participants receive one curated activity box per registered child, which contains supplies for that month’s weekly virtual playdates as well as a full month of at-home activities. Activity boxes are available for free delivery to addresses within our designated delivery area on the Friday before the first playdate or for contactless pickup between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the first playdate. Pickup takes place 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 box(es) delivered the following day, and program registration fees will not be returned for missed pickups. If you know ahead of time that you will be unable to pick up your box during this designated time period, please contact so that we can work with you to make alternate arrangements.

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 playdates?

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

How do I apply my 15% annual member discount?

To apply this discount to virtual program registrations made online, you will need to create a Website User Account and link it to your membership record by following these instructions. 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 you need help applying your 15% discount when using our online order forms, please contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at

Does VDM offer scholarships or financial assistance for Tot Boxes?

Yes, the Museum does offer scholarships for select educational programs, including Tot Boxes, on a limited basis. For more information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones 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