Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math are key focuses for early learners. Our S.T.E.A.M. program, created for ages 3 to 7, allows our littlest learners the opportunity to create a piece of art based on scientific concepts. Advanced registration and a program fee are required to participate. Contact our Youth Programs staff at (757) 385-0278 or (757)385-0339, or you may email us at email@example.com for more information or to register.
S.T.E.A.M. takes place on select Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Main Building, and costs $7 for Aquarium members and $9 for non-members. See a description of each program on our calendar
Bring your preschoolers for this age-appropriate program that includes a letter of the day, colors, stories, and songs. Happening each Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The third Tuesday of the month even features a puppet show! These 30-minute programs are held in the Main Building, and are included with Aquarium admission. No registration is required.
Playtime with Miss Jenny & Friends
Join us on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Wildflower Deck (right outside of the Coastal River exhibit) as Miss Jenny and her friends read stories and participate in playtime activities geared towards early learners. In the event of inclement weather, Playtime will be held in the Changing Exhibit Gallery. No registration is required and the program is included with Aquarium admission.
Every Thursday, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., take an easy, 30-minute stroll along the Nature Trail to discover a new animal, color, or shape through fun outdoor activities. This program meets in the Main Building's Changing Exhibit Hallway and takes place inside during inclement weather. No registration is required and the program is included with Aquarium admission.
Youth Conservation Series
The Youth Conservation Series provides middle and high school students with opportunities to explore research, careers, and topics in marine science through field experiences and conservation action. To learn more about these opportunities, please click on the 2019-2020 flyer. For more information or to register for field experiences, please contact us at (757) 385-0278 or (757) 385-0275, or you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the 2019-20 Flyer
Youth Ocean Conservation Summit 2020
The National Youth Ocean Conservation Summit empowers students in grades 6-12 from across the country with the knowledge, resources, and support needed to launch ocean conservation projects to protect marine ecosystems in their local communities.This program is $15 per student, which includes a t-shirt and lunch. Registration, required no later than February 14 to get the best price, can be completed by calling (757) 385-0278 or emailing us at
Download the 2020 Summit Flyer
Are you looking for day camps that give you more than a day away from the kids? Join the Virginia Aquarium for one of our meticulously designed, educationally-focused, and just-plain-fun camps. Aquarium camps primarily focus on marine science, but also include other nature topics. Registration opens March 30, 2020.