Virginia Living Museum 2024 Summer Camps

524 J Clyde Morris BlvdNewport News, VA 23601
Phone: 757-595-1900
Business Hours: 9am-5pmEmail: reservations@thevlm.orgWebsite: Visit Website Google Map

Museum educators help children explore nature and space through hands-on activities, touring through the Museum, and learning about animals.


Children must be four years old (for Pre-K) or have just completed the grade you are registering for. Week-long camps are offered for ages 4 through grade 5.


Pre-K Half Day Camp –  $135 member; $150 non-members

K – Grade 5 Full Day Camp – $260 member; $290 non-members 

Eco Explorer (Grade 3-5) · Full Day Camp – $315 member; $350 non-members


To sign up online, please click on the dates you would like to register for, then fill out the secure online form. Reservations may also be made in person, or by phone, using American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.


Class size is limited, so sign up early! A minimum enrollment is established for each class and must be met at least five days prior to the first class meeting. You may cancel up to two weeks before the class unless otherwise stated, and receive a refund less a $10 handling fee. After that time, no refunds can be made. If the Virginia Living Museum cancels the program, a full refund will be issued.

Half Day Camps | Pre-K ages 4-5

It’s Tough to Be a Bug

Discover a day in the life of creepy, crawly bugs! We will think big while talking about something small.

Time: 9am-12pm

Dates: June 17-21 | June 24-28 | July 8-12

Jr. Paleontologist

Grab a shovel and a magnifying glass and prepare for a week of dino-mite adventures! We will spend the week digging, stomping, and roaring with our dinosaur friends.

Time: 9am-12pm

Dates: July 15-19 | July 22-26 | July 29-August 2

Animal Superheroes

Find your inner animal superhero and test your powers through a series of challenges to help save the day! Spend a week overcoming obstacles, developing your superpowers, and interacting with our superhero animal sidekicks in this wham-pow packed camp!

Time: 9am-12pm

Dates: August 5-9 | August 12-16 | August 19-23

Full Day Camps | Grades K-2

Pirates and Mermaids

Ahoy ye pirates and mermaids. Embark on a swashbuckling adventure where the briny depths meet the vast expanses of the open sea.

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: June 17-21 | June 24-28 | July 8-12

Experiments and Explosions

We are taking science to the max. Join us for hands-on, over the top, larger than life science. Don’t try this at home!

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: July 15-19 | July 22-26 | July 29-August 2

Magic and Mystery

Join us for an enchanting week at the Virginia Living Museum as we create potions, meet magical creatures, and learn about herbology!

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates:  August 5-9 | August 12-16 | August 19-23

Full Day Camps | Grades 3-5

Myths and Legends

Uncover the mystery behind the myths and legends told across the world. From the skies to the ocean there are stories to be told, creatures to discover, and lessons to be learned along the way.

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: June 17-21 | July 8-12

A Fine Mess

Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Nature is full of mess and we are going to explore it–from owl pellets to chemical reactions, you never know where the mess is going to come from.

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: July 15-19 | July 29-August 2

Sea, Sky, and Soil

Explore a magical world where the sea, sky, and soil come together in a wondrous dance of colors and textures. It’s a world full of wonders waiting for you to discover!

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: August 5-9 | August 19-23

Eco Explorers

Join us as we travel around Tidewater Virginia to explore and visit forests, marshes, and the Chesapeake Bay. Each day we will be in the field taking scientific measurements, making observations, and enjoying nature. Make sure to pack your sense of adventure each day! 

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: June 24-28 | July 22-26 | August 12-16

Join Wait List

If a class is full, please call 757-534-7410 or utilize our online wait list form for consideration.

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Camp Updates

  • Drop off and pick-up will occur inside the museum in the front lobby. Please park your vehicle and come inside to meet with our camp staff.
  • A verbal health check will be required before we can accept a camper for the day.
  • You will be asked to create a two word code combination that only you and authorized adults know upon registration. At pick-up, you will share this code word with camp staff and then your camper will be dismissed to go home with you.
  • Campers will be given a supply list of some items to bring with them on Day 1 such as pencils, glue, and crayons. These items will be theirs to use exclusively for the duration of the camp.
  • Our outdoor areas will be utilized more frequently. Please make sure your child comes with a water bottle to stay hydrated and dressed for the weather.
  • Current camp capacity is at 15 campers for K-5 full day camps, and 8 campers for half day Pre-K camps. We will create a waitlist for each camp as needed.

Other Precautionary Measures

  • Camp leaders will be the only ones handling high touch surfaces such as doors.
  • Each camper will have their own allocated space to leave their belongings.
  • All rooms have minimally 2 sinks for hand washing and multiple stations with hand sanitizer.
  • Snacks and lunches will be consumed in individual classrooms.
  • Areas will be sanitized after use, with special attention to surfaces before and after snack and lunch times.
  • If a fever is present, your child will not be allowed back to camp until 24 hours after their fever breaks without medication.

Pick-up Policy & Photo Release Policy

Late Pickup Policy

Photo Release Policy