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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, 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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4 Virtual 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: $80/Family
Activity Box: +$35/Child

Annual Members Receive 15% Off Program Registration

Upcoming Tot Boxes

December Tot Box - SIGN-UP CLOSED

Wednesdays (Dec. 2-23)  |  10:30-11:00 a.m.  |  Deadline: Nov. 23

During December’s virtual playdates, we'll read books like The Mitten and Small Walt and Mo the Tow, play games like Mitten Match, make art like vehicle geometry collages, and sing songs. Plus, your Tot Box will include an at-home activity for each day of the month: Exercise fine motor skills with hands-on crafts like beaded icicles; engage in sensory-rich pretend play with activities like birthday cake playdough and a “snowball” sensory bin; create fun, messy masterpieces with process art like veggie printmaking; explore toddler science through “experiments” like pom pom mazes; and more.

Note: Pickup and delivery for the December Tot Box will take place on Monday, Nov. 30, rather than the Wednesday before the first playdate.


Program: $80/Family. Activity Box: +$35/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 on the Wednesday before the first virtual class, which contains supplies for that month’s weekly virtual classes, as well as a full month of at-home activities. Kits are available for free delivery to addresses within our designated delivery area or for contactless pickup between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. 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. If you know ahead of time that you will be unable to pick up your kit 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 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 for those annual memberships that were active as of March 13, 2020, but have since expired. This benefit extension continues through Dec. 31, 2020. 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 are unsure if your annual membership was active as of March 13 and whether you qualify for this benefit extension or 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