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Summer Camps

Discover Your Child’s Summer Adventure

Camps at the Virginia Discovery Museum embody all that summer should be: exploration and fun! As VDM remains closed through at least Aug. 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff has transitioned all Summer Camps to a virtual format, and registration is open at a reduced cost from our standard camp rates. Virtual Camps are open to children 4 and older and provide opportunities to explore a range of STEAM-focused topics; gain confidence through engaging, hands-on projects; and interact with other kids in a safe, monitored online setting.


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Virtual Camps

Monday-Friday
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Includes Pre-Packaged Daily Activity Bags with Supplies

Ages

Children 4 & Up
Live Instructor via Zoom

Virtual Camp Requires Internet Access & Web Cam

Registration

$100/Family Per Camp
Materials Fee: +$50/Child

Annual Members Receive 15% Off Camp Registration


2020 Virtual Camps

All Things Earth Science – CAMP FULL

July 20-24  |  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 10

Think green! Campers will explore the different elements of nature and tackle them through hands-on problem-solving and engineering. Virtual camp includes pre-packaged daily activity bags with supplies, Zoom instruction, daily activity goals, and interactive group time.

Register Online

Camp: $100/Family. Materials: +$50/Child. Pre-Registration Required.

Chess Mates (Ages 6+) - 3 SPOTS OPEN

July 27, 29, 31  |  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 19

Love to play chess? Interested in learning this timeless game? Chess Mates is back for a second summer session! This virtual camp is suitable for players of all skill levels and is led by guest coach Aaron Osborne, the current No. 1 Class C player in Virginia. Campers will be divided into small groups, and each group will meet on Zoom at a designated time for 1 hour of instruction and interactive play with other campers using the free Lichess platform. Beginners will work on basic mechanics and gameplay, and more experienced players will work on skills development.

Register Online

3-Day Camp: $85/Child. Pre-Registration Required.

Invention Lab – CAMP FULL

July 27-31  |  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 17

Strap on those thinking caps! Campers will utilize their creativity and problem-solving skills as they complete invention challenges, prototype a new product, and experience the engineering design process. Virtual camp includes pre-packaged daily activity bags with supplies, Zoom instruction, daily activity goals, and interactive group time.

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Camp: $100/Family. Materials: +$50/Child. Pre-Registration Required.

Mini Exhibit Designers

Aug. 3-7  |  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 24

Bring the Museum home … literally! Campers will re-create their own small-scale versions of well-loved VDM exhibits. Virtual camp includes pre-packaged daily activity bags with supplies, Zoom instruction, daily activity goals, and interactive group time.

Register Online

Camp: $100/Family. Materials: +$50/Child. Pre-Registration Required.

Superhero Training Academy

Aug. 10-14  |  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: July 31

Have what it takes to be a superhero? Join VDM’s virtual Superhero Training Academy for an action-packed week of STEAM, creativity, and philanthropy! Create your own cape, design a pom-pom blaster, train your body and your brain, celebrate your real-life heroes, and become a hero yourself. Virtual camp includes pre-packaged daily activity bags with supplies, Zoom instruction, daily activity goals, and interactive group time.

Register Online

Camp: $100/Family. Materials: +$50/Child. Pre-Registration Required.

Park Patrol

Aug. 17-21  |  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: Aug. 7

Trek through our country’s beautiful and varied national parks! Discover their history and explore the science behind their prominent landmarks and wildlife. Virtual camp includes pre-packaged daily activity bags with supplies, Zoom instruction, daily activity goals, and interactive group time.

Register Online

Camp: $100/Family. Materials: +$50/Child. Pre-Registration Required.

Space Camp

Aug. 24-28  |  9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Deadline: Aug. 14

Blast off! Explore the outer reaches of our galaxy with STEAM activities like constellation design, rocket building, astronaut challenges, and more! Virtual camp includes pre-packaged daily activity bags with supplies, Zoom instruction, daily activity goals, and interactive group time.

Register Online

Camp: $100/Family. Materials: +$50/Child. Pre-Registration Required.


Contact Us

To learn more about Summer Camps, visit Camps FAQs or contact Education Manager Frankie Szynskie at frankie@vadm.org. For information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at operationsdirector@vadm.org.