Virginia Living Museum Events in November & December:
Family Outdoor Playdates
November 17 – Art and Nature
December 15 – Animal Olympics
Grab your family and make a date with nature at the Virginia Living Museum! Each month a VLM educator will introduce a fun way for you and your family to interact with the natural world around us. Collect bugs and examine them up close in your very own bug box or learn about plants and take some home to grow in your own garden.
All supplies are included. Cost: $18 Member Children/$20 Non-member Children, Adults are free and must accompany child(ren) during the playdate
Virginia artists Jim Wilson and David Turner, passionate advocates for Virginia wildlife, host a 2-day show featuring artwork to enrich and inspire appreciation of nature. A portion of sales will support wildlife conservation at the VLM.
Cost: Free. Museum admission not included
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Star Party/Laser Evenings
Dates: Friday, Dec. 7
The Virginia Living Museum offers free star gazing beginning at sunset on the SECOND SATURDAY of every month. Star gazing is weather dependent. Several telescopes are set up on the grounds and staff astronomers are available to help visitors identify objects in the night sky.
The evening also includes a planetarium program and several laser shows.
Looking for some Saturday night fun? Start with a planetarium program. Then experience a sensory extravaganza as laser shows provide music to both the eyes and ears every second Saturday of the month. The museum has an incredible laser system that splashes brilliant high-color LED laser light all across the entire surface of the dome. It’s the most amazing light show you’ve ever seen! Plus, there’s music to suit every taste. Different bands are featured every month.
Cost: Members $3, non-members $6 per show. Double features are $5 for VLM members and $10 for non-members.
Times: 7:30 pm (except for Dec. 7 @ 6:30pm)
Location: Abbitt Planetarium
Length: 15 minutes, will include 3 animal ambassadors
Description: Travel through time and discover what type of animals were around the same time as the dinosaurs, meet an animal ambassador related to the dinosaurs, and touch an animal ambassador that evolved after the extinction of dinosaurs.
Professor DoDad will be making an appearance right here at the Virginia Living Museum! Catch one (or two) shows.
11:00 am – Science is Fun: Professor DoDad brings fun to learning science principles and STEM education. Enjoy breaking down science by using Observe, Analyze, & Deduce! Experience are the “The Cotton Candy Vortex Rings”, “TP Shooter”, “The One Breath Bag”, and “The Incredible Growing and Shrinking Head”.
1:00 pm – Super Hero Powers Revealed: Professor DoDad reveals superhero powers with optical illusions, experiments with sound, light, and even floating a child off the ground! This show features lots of audience participation, family-friendly humor and safe and fun science experiments.
Tickets: Included in Museum admission. Museum members free, non-members $20, children ages 3-12 $15. Children ages 2 and under free.
Dinosaur Discovery Trail
This permanent exhibit located off the Museum’s outdoor boardwalk trail is our own “Jurassic Park”! The outdoor exhibit is nestled in the wooded area off the live animal boardwalk and showcases 16 of the majestic animals that ruled our earth for more than 150 million years ago. Visitors walk through the woods to see realistic one-third to full-size dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The dinosaurs range in size from a mini Ankylosaur to a 16-foot-tall Brachiosaurus. There is a baby T.rex photo op, a half-size T.rex, plus several nests and baby dinosaurs.
The trail also includes a Paleo Camp for future Paleontologists to build a base camp, four dig pits for amateur paleontologists, a playground and display huts of dinosaur and other fossils, including an actual whale specimen from Hampton Roads.
Always so many things to do at the Virginia Living Museum inside AND outside! Check out their playground behind the planetarium, or dig for bones in the huge Dino Discovery outdoor area with life sized Dinosaurs! Animals from fish, snakes, alligator, birds, otters, wolves and eagles. Have lunch, catch a planetarium show and don’t forget a little stop in the awesome museum gift store!