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VDM @ Home

Bringing the Discovery Home

The Virginia Discovery Museum may be closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Bring VDM home with free activity ideas and walkthroughs from our education staff. Plus, don’t miss our special activity kits and our collection of links to recommended free online content and tools to keep kids of all ages learning through play. If you enjoy VDM @ Home, please consider making a donation to support our vital nonprofit community resource. Your generosity will allow us to survive this challenging time, continue to share resources through VDM @ Home, and reopen to the public as soon as it’s safe.


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Alphabet Week

 

Sensory Letters

May 11, 2020

Activity

 

Letter Basketball

May 12, 2020

Activity

 

Alphabet I Spy

May 14, 2020

Activity

 

Letter Labels

May 15, 2020

Activity


Activity Archive

Newspaper
Owl

Posted: March 20, 2020

Activity

Sensory
Soap Foam

Posted: March 23, 2020

Activity

Homemade
Playdough

Posted: March 24, 2020

Activity

Moon Rock
Creation

Posted: March 25, 2020

Activity

Chromatography
Butterfly

Posted: March 26, 2020

Activity

Leak-Proof
Bag

Posted: March 30, 2020

Activity

Newspaper
Engineering

Posted: March 31, 2020

Activity

Homemade
Silly Putty

Posted: April 2, 2020

Activity

Make-Your-Own
Pizza Bites

Posted: April 7, 2020

Activity

Paper Tube
Octopus

Posted: April 8, 2020

Activity

Magic
Milk

Posted: April 9, 2020

Activity

Disappearing
Eggshell

Posted: April 13, 2020

Activity

Paper Bag
Puppets

Posted: April 14, 2020

Activity

Liquid
Sidewalk Chalk

Posted: April 15, 2020

Activity

Catapult
Construction

Posted: April 16, 2020

Activity

Cat
Planter

Posted: April 20, 2020

Activity

Create-Your-Own
Stamps

Posted: April 21, 2020

Activity

Lava
Lamps

Posted: April 23, 2020

Activity

Slushy
Science

Posted: April 27, 2020

Activity

Cleaning
Pennies

Posted: April 30, 2020

Activity

Bike Handle
Pom-Poms

Posted: May 4, 2020

Activity

Float-Your-Boat
Challenge

Posted: May 5, 2020

Activity

Collage
Art

Posted: May 7, 2020

Activity


Activity Kits

Discovery Detectives

$5 Donation Each
Printable Cooperative Storytelling Mystery Kits

Crayon Chaos

Ages 6-12  |  4-8 Players  |  45+ Mins.

Details

A Greek Mythtery

Ages 8+  |  2+ Players  |  60+ Mins.

Details

Print-At-Home Kits

$5 Donation Each
Printable Activity Kits with Templates & Activity Instructions

 

National Superhero Day

All Ages  |  Includes: 7 Activities

Details

 

Earth Day Celebration

All Ages  |  Includes: 8 Activities

Details

 

Prank Pack

All Ages  |  Includes: 5 Activities

Details

Box Kits

$20 Each (Include All Activity Materials)
Pre-Order Required. Available for Contactless Pickup or Delivery (City of Charlottesville Only).

 

Fizzy Fun

Ages 3+  |  Includes: 3 Activities

Details

On Sale: May 22-25. Availability: Sold Out!

 

 

Dino Dig

Ages 3+  |  Includes: 3 Activities

Details

On Sale: May 15-18

 

 

Crafty Creations

Ages 4+  |  Includes: 4 Activities

Details

On Sale: May 8-12

 

 

Kid Newtons

Ages 4+  |  Includes: 3 Activities

Details

On Sale: May 1-4

 


Recommended Resources

Local Resources

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

A collection of online services available through JMRL, including eBooks, films, at-home learning resources, and more.

Visit Website

My Music Starts Here’s “Free Spring Program”

A free music program for children 2-7 with video playlists containing fingerplays, songs, steady beat activities, and musical movement, as well as a collection of screen-free audio selections for active listening and mindfulness.

Visit Website

Rock Paper Scissors’ “Project Connect”

A collaborative collection of free downloadable PDF activities from Rock Paper Scissors and various Charlottesville small businesses.

Visit Website

Online Content

A collection of free art, reading, science, and math resources from illustrators, children’s authors, and educators.

Art & Drawing

Reading

Science & Math

Music & Movement

Educational Entertainment

  • PBS Kids (YouTube): Curriculum-based media that helps kids develop curiosity and critical thinking skills
  • Sesame Street (YouTube): Classic characters you know and love with new content for lifelong learning
  • StoryBots: Learn with these animated robots as they answer kids’ biggest questions on YouTube and Netflix
  • Khan Academy Kids: Free educational app for kids 2-7

At-Home Activities


Contact Us

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Contact Education Manager Frankie Szynskie at frankie@vadm.org or Education Manager Megan Smead at megan@vadm.org.