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As VDM remains closed for general admission due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff has transitioned our after-school Discovery Workshops to a virtual format. Join Miss Frankie on Tuesday afternoons as we explore a range of STEAM-focused topics designed to give children 4 and older opportunities to gain confidence through engaging, hands-on projects and interact with other kids in a safe, monitored online setting. Plus, virtual workshops include pre-packaged activity kits that contain all necessary supplies, with both contactless pickup and FREE delivery available.

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Tuesday Afternoons
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Includes a Pre-Packaged Activity Kit with Supplies


Children 4 & Up
Live Instructor via Zoom

This Program Requires Internet Access & a Webcam


Program: $30/Family
Supplies: +$15/Child

Annual Members Receive 15% Off Program Registration

Upcoming Virtual Workshops

Snow Symposium - SIGN-UP CLOSED

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021  |  4:00-5:00 p.m.  |  Register By: Jan. 21

Miss Frankie was experimenting with snow, and her weather machine got stuck on "Blizzard"! Now her workshop is covered in an avalanche of powder. Help her use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math that is) to continue her snowy discoveries before it all melts and makes a soggy mess. Create cool, sensory-rich snow floam, explore the intricate and unique details of snowflakes as you design your own, build a snowscape tinker box, and more.

Note: Starting in January, virtual workshops will run from 4:00-5:00 p.m., and pickup and delivery are moving to the Thursday and Friday before the workshop, respectively.


Workshop: $30/Family. Supplies: +$15/Child. Space: 16 Kids.

DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021  |  4:00-5:00 p.m.  |  Register By: Feb. 3

In her search for the perfect Valentine’s Day card, Miss Frankie accidentally awoke a sleeping swarm of love bugs! Now, the mischievous little pixies are making a mess of her workshop. Help her capture the chaotic critters by using imagination to transform them into sweet, squishy symbols of affection to share with friends and family, then use their leftover magic to create your own special Valentine’s Day card, fingerprint heart canvas, and more.

Register Online

Workshop: $30/Family. Supplies: +$15/Child. Space: 16 Kids.

Mardi Gras Magic

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021  |  4:00-5:00 p.m.  |  Register By: Feb. 10

A splash of color! A dash of razzmatazz! Miss Frankie has party fever, and you’re invited to pop into her workshop to discover the Mardi Gras Magic! Design a dazzling mask and Twizzler necklace, build a brilliant box parade float, and create colorful Mason jar lid streamers as we learn about this vibrant holiday celebrated around the world.

Register Online

Workshop: $30/Family. Supplies: +$15/Child. Space: 16 Kids.


Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021  |  4:00-5:00 p.m.  |  Register By: Feb. 17

Looks like that chubby cherub’s arrow has struck true again! Miss Frankie was looking for a way to share her love of art and science and found a perfect match for her next hands-on STEAM exploration: Valentine’s Day! Celebrate this sweet season with her as we create cute Cupid tube puppets, springy heart catapults, heart spinners, and more.

Register Online

Workshop: $30/Family. Supplies: +$15/Child. Space: 16 Kids.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will we receive our activity kit(s) and supplies?

Participants receive one activity kit per registered child ahead of the virtual workshop, which contains all necessary supplies. Kits are available for free delivery to addresses within our designated delivery area on the Friday before the workshop or for contactless pickup between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the workshop. Pickup takes place 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.

How do we access the virtual Zoom session?

A VDM staff member will follow up by email with all registrants before the virtual workshop with details about the Zoom call.

How do I apply my 15% annual member discount?

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 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 Discovery Workshops?

Yes, the Museum does offer scholarships for select educational programs, including Discovery Workshops, 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 Discovery Workshops, contact Education Manager Frankie Szynskie at For information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at