​​​​​​​​​​​Summer Camps

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. 

​​Members-Only Onsite Registration:

  • Wednesday, March 28 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Marsh Pavilion Lobby
    • Payment must accompany registration

Registration by mail, phone, or in person:

  • ​Opens Monday, April 2 for both members and non-members
    • Payment must accompany registration
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See the full list of available Summer Camps here. ​​

​​Mentoring Young Scientists

Fostering a lifelong love of learning is important, and Mentoring Young Scientists (MYS) is a grant-funded program that gives 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students the opportunity to study the marine environment. The MYS program runs from October to May with a total of 20 activity sessions throughout the year. Activities include exploring the marine environment through boat excursions, beach walks, and seining trips, conducting experiments and observational studies, building communication skills by sharing information about the marine environment with Aquarium visitors, and much more.

Do you know a middle school student with a passion for scien​ce? Download the application here.

Twenty students are selected annually in September through an application and interview process. To learn more about the MYS program, contact Virginia Aquarium Youth Programs​​​ at (757) 385-0278 or Programs@virginiaaquarium.com.

S.T.E.A.M.

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 programs@virginiaaquarium.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 Marsh Pavilion, and costs $7 for Aquarium members and $9​ for non-members. See the full list of programs on our calendar here.

Upcycling

UpCycling, the Aquarium's newest early learner program, focuses on teaching conservation messages while empowering children to know there are actions that they can take now to help the environment. During each program, early learners will craft a purposeful item using recyclable and non-recyclable items while investigating how these items would otherwise impact the environment. Advanced registration and a program fee are required to participate. Contact our Youth Programs staff at (757) 385-0278 or ​programs@virginiaaquarium.com for more information or to register.

UpCycling takes place on the second and fourth Tuesday in a month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Marsh Pavilion, and costs $7 for Aquarium members and $9 for non-members. See the full list of programs on our calendar here.​

Toddler Tuesdays

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., 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., the third Tuesday of the month even features a puppet show! These 30-minute programs are held in the Marsh Pavilion, and are included with Aquarium admission. No registration is required.

Toddler Trek

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 Marsh Pavilion and takes place inside during inclement weather. No registration is required and the program is included with Aquarium admission.​​​​​