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.

We  Animals

Thursday, February 6 | 2-3:15 p.m. | Discovery Room
At the Aquarium we love all animals great and small, even the smelly ones. Join us to meet a few of our animal ambassadors and learn why we love animals so much.

Slithery Snakes

Thursday, February 20 | 2-3:15 p.m. | Discovery Room
Most people know snakes smell with their tongues, but did you know snakes don't use their teeth to chew? Learn all about these wonderful animals and meet a few of the Aquarium's slithery ambassadors during this class.

Windy Weather

Thursday, March 6 | 2-3:15 p.m. | Discovery Room
Come learn how wind is created through hands-on experiments and learn how animals use wind to their advantage.

Wake Up! Spring is here!

Thursday, March 20 | 2-3:15 p.m. | Discovery Room
Animals are beginning to wake up from hibernation and flowers are starting to bloom. Join us on a nature scavenger-hunt walk and discover all the signs of spring.

All Things Amphibian

Thursday, April 3 | 2-3:15 p.m. | Discovery Room
Did you know amphibians like frogs can breathe a little bit through their skin? Learn all about these animals that spend part of their life in the water and part on land.

Yuck that's Gross

Thursday, April 17 | 2-3:15 p.m. | Discovery Room
Join us as we turn "eww that's gross" into "wow that's cool." We'll learn about animals like dung beetles, slimy snails, and sea cucumbers which can throw-up their own stomach.

Marvelous Moms

Thursday, May 1 | 2-3:15 p.m. | Discovery Room
Mother's Day is just around the corner! Learn about some exceptional mommies of the animal kingdom and make a Mother's Day craft for your mom.

Aviary Exploration

Thursday, May 15 | 2-3:15 p.m. | Discovery Room
Come explore our outdoor aviary and the amazing birds that live there. Meet our resident owl and learn about some of Virginia's other birds including egrets, herons, and much more.

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:

Ellis Pawson
Youth Program Registrar