The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Changing Exhibit Gallery , Bay & Ocean Pavilion

Cost: Included with Aquarium admission

Contact: Virginia Aquarium

Phone: (757) 385-0300

Mr. Potato Head will lead the way on amazing adventures into outer space, under the sea and more! Get ready to have a spudtacular time!

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10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: East Parking Lot – Bay & Ocean Pavilion

Cost: No charge

Contact: April Strickland

Phone: (757) 385-0262

Green up while you clean up at this e-cycling event offered in partnership with TFC Recycling, Recycling Perks and Goodwill Industries.

Acceptable personal electronic recyclable items include:

  • Personal computers and laptops
  • Telephones, cell phones and PDA's
  • Printers
  • Televisions smaller than 32"
  • Circuit boards and components
  • Monitors and flat screens
  • Fax machines
  • Stereo equipment and game systems
  • Regular recycling materials such as newspapers, bottles and cans will also be accepted.

Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste items include:

  • Up to five gallons of liquids or up to 75 pounds of dry materials
  • Aerosol spray cans
  • Automotive fluids
  • Batteries: Alkaline (AA, AAA, C, D), Boat, Car, Camera, Cell phone, Hearing aid, Lead acid, Lithium, Rechargeable, Trucks
  • Herbicides
  • Household cleaners
  • Gasoline (up to 5 gallons)
  • Fertilizer
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Light bulbs – small quantities of CFLs or fluorescent tubes
  • Oil and water based paint
  • Pesticides
  • Propane tanks (small – up to 20 lb. capacity)
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Nurturing Naturalists – Woods in Winter

10:00 - 11:00 am

Location: Marsh Pavilion Lobby

Cost: Included with Aquarium Admission

Contact: Education Programs

Phone: (757) 385-0332

There's a lot happening in the woods in winter. Dress for the weather of the day and wear comfortable shoes for a short hike in the woods to look for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife.

Activities geared for children ages 4-10 and their parents. Check in 9:45 at the Marsh Pavilion lobby.

Turtle Vision 3D

10:00 - 10:30 am, 12:45 - 1:15 pm, 3:30 - 4:00 pm

Location: National Geographic 3D Theater

Cost: $5.00 per person

Contact: Virginia Aquarium

Phone: (757) 385-0300

Experience the ups and downs of life on land and sea in this coming of age story starring the cutest sea turtle on the big screen.

From the warm waters of the tropics to the icy Antarctic, join Sammy and his friends on an exciting journey through truly immersive environments. Swim through colorful coral reefs and enjoy a dazzling ride on a fun-loving octopus. Dive into icy polar waters to meet a friendly whale.

Are you ready to face the dangers you may encounter with humans?

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Deepsea Challenge 3D

10:45 - 11:30 am, 1:30 - 2:15 pm

Location: National Geographic 3D Theater

Cost: Members - $5.00; Non-Members: Adults - $9.00; Children ages 3-11 - $8.00; Seniors - $8.50

Contact: Virginia Aquarium

Phone: (757) 385-0300

Deepsea Challenge 3D chronicles filmmaker James Cameron’s solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench—nearly seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface—piloting a submersible he designed himself. The risks were astounding. The footage is breathtaking.

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Great White Shark

11:45 am - 12:30 pm, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

Location: National Geographic 3D Theater

Cost: Members - $5.00; Non-Members: Adults - $9.00, Children ages 3-11 - $8.00, Seniors - $8.50

Contact: Virginia Aquarium

Phone: (757) 385-0300

Misrepresented, maligned and misunderstood, the Great White Shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear… GWS will explore the Great White’s place in our imaginations, in our fears, and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain.

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Seals Behind-the-Scenes

2:30 - 3:15 pm

Location: Bay & Ocean Pavilion

Cost: $45 Members; $55 Non-members (Reservations must be booked by 12:30 p.m.)

Contact: Virginia Aquarium

Phone: (757) 385-0300

Visit the seal holding area and meet our harbor seals, learn about their care from the mammal care specialists, and observe a behavioral training session. (45 minutes)

Restrictions: Participants must be at least 3 years old, and all children under age 13 must be accompanied by a paying participating adult.