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.

Little One's Science Lab

Thursday, January 8 | Marsh Pavilion
Put on your lab aprons and join us for some hands-on science experiments. Learn how to form a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, and record results.

Defend and Protect

Thursday, January 15 | Marsh Pavilion
Some animals hide, some stink, and some look scary. Come and explore the many ways animals protect themselves from being a meal.

We Heart Animals

Thursday, February 5 | Marsh Pavilion
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 19 | Marsh Pavilion
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 5 | Marsh Pavilion
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 19 | Marsh Pavilion
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.

Bug N’ Out

Thursday, April 2 | Marsh Pavilion
Get ready to go on a hunt for insects as we travel our nature trail in search of these incredible creatures. Learn about their body structure and roles in nature. Be prepared to touch some live bugs!

All Things Amphibian

Thursday, April 16 | Marsh Pavilion
Did you know that amphibians like frogs can breathe through their skin? Learn all about these animals that spend part of their life in the water and part on land.

Marvelous Moms

Thursday, May 7 | Marsh Pavilion
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.

For the Birds

Thursday, May 21 | Marsh Pavilion
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.


Thursday, June 4 | Bay & Ocean Pavilion
Sharks are amazing animals remaining virtually unchanged since the age of dinosaurs. Come and 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 2 | Bay & Ocean Pavilion
Take part in a hand-on exploration with a collection of creatures taken from around the underwater pilings of the Virginia Aquarium.

Around the World

Thursday, August 6 | Bay & Ocean Pavilion
Join us on a plane ride as we travel around the world visiting different habitats. These habitats represent what Virginia used to look like many years ago.

Hungry, Hungry Predators

Thursday, September 3 | Marsh Pavilion
Ever wonder who’s eating who for dinner? Discover what it means to be part of a food web.

Hide and Seek. Can’t Find Me!

Thursday, September 17 | Marsh Pavilion
Are you good at playing hide and seek? Come learn about a few animals that could teach you a thing or two about hiding and camouflage.

Yuck That’s Gross

Thursday, October 1 | Marsh Pavilion
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.

Creatures of the Night

Thursday, October 15 | Marsh Pavilion
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.

Turtle Time

Thursday, November 5 | Marsh Pavilion
“Scute” on over and have a fun time while learning about the land dwelling and aquatic turtles that call Virginia home.

Native American Know How

Thursday, November 19 | Marsh Pavilion
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.

Let it Snow

Thursday, December 3 | Marsh Pavilion
Snow inside? How is that possible? Join us as learn about snow and the animals that hibernate under it while we make a little “indoor” snow.

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 unless otherwise noted.

For more information or to register, contact:

 (757) 385-0278