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Date Night Drop-Off

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Parents, need a Friday night out? Let the Virginia Discovery Museum watch the kids while you enjoy some much-deserved time to yourselves! On select Friday evenings throughout the year, VDM offers Date Night Drop-Offs, which include themed crafts and activities, a pizza dinner , and plenty of playtime in the Museum Galleries. Themes change for every Date Night Drop-Off, so check back regularly to see what’s upcoming!

Program Details  |  Upcoming Drop-Offs  |  Questions?


Select Fridays
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Early Pickup: Scheduled Activities Conclude by 8 p.m.


Children 3-10
Low Staff-to-Child Ratio
(1:5 Maximum)

Participants Must Be Fully Independent in the Bathroom


$25 Per Child
VDM Discounts Apply (?)
(Must Pre-Register)

Includes Pizza Dinner & All Craft/Activity Supplies

Questions? Give us a call at (434) 977-1025 x104 or email education@vadm.org.

Upcoming Drop-Offs

Around the Campfire

Friday, June 15, 2018  |  5:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Deadline: June 13

Gather around for some good, old-fashioned camping fun as we kick off the summer! Kids will make nut-free trail mix and trail names, play campfire games, and more under the stars in our Discover Outdoors exhibit.

Register Online

Pre-Registration Required. Space Limited to 15 Children.

Potion Party

Friday, June 29, 2018  |  5:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Deadline: June 27

Calling all wizards! Experience real-life wizardry as we learn kitchen chemistry to concoct potions and explore circuitry to create magic wands.

Register Online

Pre-Registration Required. Space Limited to 15 Children.

Glow in the Dark

Friday, July 13, 2018  |  5:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 11

Enjoy all sorts of glow-in-the-dark goodness as we learn the chemistry behind making liquids glow using items found in your very own kitchen, make glow bracelets, go on a glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt, and more!

Online Registration Will Open Soon.

This IS Rocket Science!

Friday, July 27, 2018  |  5:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 25

Blast off into a world of discovery as we explore gravity, friction, and trajectory using rocket blasters, gravity splats, and astronaut drops. Top it off by making your own astronaut food to eat under the stars!

Online Registration Will Open Soon.

Messy Art

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018  |  5:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Deadline: Aug. 8

Create a beautiful mess in the most unconventional ways as we use power tools, human spirographs, and catapults to make a collaborative art masterpiece!

Online Registration Will Open Soon.

Engineer It!

Friday, Aug. 24, 2018  |  5:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Deadline: Aug. 22

Are you up for the challenge? Learn all about the simple machines around us as we go on a simple machine scavenger hunt, complete challenges, make simple machine-inspired snacks, and more!

Online Registration Will Open Soon.