Programs for Children Ages 4-6

Join us on select Thursdays for activities, crafts, and games that help early learners understand science and nature. Pre-registration and program fee required to participate.


Sharks!

Thursday, June 5 | Bay & Ocean Pavilion Classroom
Sharks are amazing animals remaining virtually unchanged since the age of dinosaurs. Come learn all about sharks and the characteristics that kept them at the top of the food chain for so long.


Life on a Piling

Thursday, July 17 | Bay & Ocean Pavilion Classroom
Look closely at an underwater piling and you'll see a creeping, crawling, clinging menagerie of animals. We'll bring a collection of creatures from the Aquarium pilings into the Classroom for hands-on exploration.


Dog Days of Summer

Thursday, August 7 | Bay & Ocean Pavilion Classroom
Ever wonder how animals stay cool in the summer. Come join us as we explore ways different animals stay cool and meet our Great Horned owl who takes her "socks" off to stay cool.


Top Dog

Thursday, September 4 | Marsh Pavilion Discovery Room
Everything in nature has a job even the smallest of creatures like insects. Learn about food webs and how each animal must do their part.


Copy Cat Mimicry

Thursday, September 18 | Marsh Pavilion Discovery Room
Are you good at playing hide and seek? Come learn about a few animals that could teach you a thing or two about hiding.


Huddle, Hibernate or Migrate

Thursday, October 2 | Marsh Pavilion Discovery Room
It's becoming winter again. Animals have a long time to wait until plants produce food again in the spring. Come learn what animals do to survive the winter.


Creatures of the Night

Thursday, October 16 | Marsh Pavilion Discovery Room
Nocturnal animals have special adaptations that allow them to be active at night. Learn all about these adaptations and meet some of the Aquarium's nocturnal ambassadors.


Colors of Fall

Thursday, November 6 | Marsh Pavilion Discovery Room
Tree leaves are starting to turn orange, red and yellow. I wonder how they do that and what other things have changed for fall. Join us as we learn how fall weather changes things.


Native American Know How

Thursday, November 20 | Marsh Pavilion Discovery Room
What would you do without a grocery store, television, telephones, or cars? Native Americans lived a very different lifestyle than we do. Join us as we learn to live like Native Americans for a day.


Beach Day

Thursday, December 4 | Marsh Pavilion Discovery Room
Do you miss the beach and summer as much as we do? Join us as we bring the beach inside for some fun-filled sandy fun.


Registration Information

Fee: $7 members, $10 non-members
Time: selected Thursdays, 2-3:15 p.m.

  • Pre-registration is strongly recommended. We cannot guarantee that “walk ups” can be accommodated.
  • Programs are subject to cancellation if a minimum number of participants have not enrolled two days prior to the program date.

All programs take place in the Marsh Pavilion Discovery Room unless otherwise noted.

For more information or to register, contact:

Programs
 (757) 385-0278
Programs@VirginiaAquarium.com