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Summer Camp Registration Opens In April!

The Virginia Aquarium is excited to host summer day camps for eager explorers! All camps offer a safe and unique experience for campers to connect with science and nature. Camps are offered for children ages 4 to 15, and must meet the specified age requirement by the time a camp begins. Birth certificates required for children age 4.

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION

Member Registration | April 17
Non-Member Registration | April 20

Pricing | Coming soon!

Pre-K Through Kindergarten Graduates

July 5-7 (3-Day Camp), August 7-11

9:00am – 1:00pm

*Note: participants must be 4 years old and potty independent.

Come join us for a fun-filled camp where will learn more about how our animals here at the Virginia Aquarium are taken care of! We’ll use our imaginations and pretend to be veterinarians through play, fun activities, and crafts. We’ll even have the chance to meet some live animals up close and the people who take care of them!

July 17-21

9:00am - 1:00pm

*Note: participants must be 4 years old and potty independent.

Does your little one love the animals we have here at the Virginia Aquarium? During this fun filled camp we’ll learn more about these animals through live animal encounters, fun games, activities and crafts! Your child might just come home loving our animals even more.

1st-3rd Grade Graduates

June 26-30, July 31- August 4

9:00am - 4:00pm

Come become a seasoned Veterinarian at the “Virginia Aquarium School of Stuffed Animal Sciences”! This camp is perfect for kids who love animals, enjoy role-playing activities, and have always wondered how the animals at the Virginia Aquarium are cared for. They’ll even be opportunities to meet some live animals and chat with members of our animal care staff and vet team!

July 5-7 (3-Day Camp), August 7 -11

9:00am - 4:00pm

Science is whacky, fascinating, and absurd, but most of all fun! At this camp, your child will become a real-life scientist and learn firsthand how fun science can be. With hands-on experiments, activities, and games our classroom will be transformed into a laboratory of wonder and FUN!

July 10-14, August 14-18

9:00am - 4:00pm

Did you know there are animals that live in the ocean, on land, even ones that fly that have no bones?! Come join us as we explore the world of intriguing invertebrates! We’ll meet invertebrates who live at the aquarium and get outside to search for invertebrates along Owl’s Creek. Through animal encounters, crafts, and games your child will be an invertebrate expert by the end of the week!

4th-6th Grade Graduates

July 10-14, August 14-18

9:00am - 4:00pm

Come explore the amazing ecosystems of coastal Virginia’s watershed! We’ll begin our journey in the forest, then continue through swamps, salt marshes, and the bay and finish at the beach and beyond. Dive into the watershed with us as we get out hands dirty and learn about these important ecosystems. Our activities will include a ropes course, hiking, kayaking, saining for fish, beach exploration, a boat ride, and more!

June 26-28, July 24-26

9:00am - 4:00pm

Super speed, powerful punches, incredible intelligence, confusing camouflage- these might all sound like superpowers, but they’re actually amazing adaptions of REAL animals! Come learn about these incredible creatures as we investigate with hands on explorations and even meet some of them up close.

June 29-30, July 27-28

9:00am - 4:00pm

If your camper is a shark lover this is the perfect camp for them! We’ll dive into the world of sharks in this exciting 2-day camp. During camp we’ll go on a Behind the Scenes tour of our shark exhibit and learn firsthand how our sharks are taken care of. We’ll also investigate what life is like as a shark and hear from shark researchers!

July 31- August 4

9:00am - 4:00pm

Calling all adventurers! In our W.A.V.E. (Wandering Around Virginia’s Environments) camp we’ll pull out our maps and hit the road to explore the many amazing environments of coastal Virginia. We’ll visit and explore a different location every day! There are so many incredible places to explore in our “backyard”, let’s go!

Teens 13-15

July 17-21, August 7-11

9:00am - 4:00pm

Back by popular demand! Take a deep dive into aquatic environments with interactive experiences both at the Aquarium and beyond! In this weeklong camp we’ll explore topics including fish ID, ecosystem health, and water quality. This camp is exciting and very engaging with hands on learning including saining for fish and invertebrates, kayaking, behind the scenes tours, and more!

July 24-25, August 17-18

8:00am - 3:00pm

What’s it like working at an Aquarium on the field of Marine Biology? In this engaging two-day camp, your teen will get the chance to find out! We’ll get the chance to observe and talk with awesome professionals in this growing field. This camp is perfect for a teen who is thinking about a career in the Marine Sciences or is simply curious about how locations like the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center operate.

Specialty Camps 4th-9th Grades

July 27-28

9:00am - 4:00pm

Learn to fish (or show off your fishing skills!) on the shores of Virginia Beach! During this two-day camp we’ll learn about fishing techniques, hone your child’s fish ID skills, and even take a boat trip out to fish in the Atlantic Ocean!

How to Register

  1. Reserve your spot - Click the "RESERVE YOUR SPOT" button to purchase your camp spot. Please note that full payment is due at this time. If the selected camp has been sold out, please email programs@virginiaaquarium.com to be put on a waitlist. Note: Your registration is not yet complete.
  2. Receive confirmation - AFTER you have purchased your camp, you will receive a confirmation email with further instructions on how to fill out forms. Please follow the link in the email to our forms page to fill out the necessary registration and medical waivers.
  3. Complete and return appropriate forms - Complete the Program Registration and applicable health forms. All forms can be accessed and are downloadable from the "Camp Forms" menu located on the Day Camp page.

Camp Forms

Note: Forms will not be accepted prior to payment.

Complete the registration form and any pertinent medical forms below and return them via:

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center: Youth Programs

717 General Booth Blvd.

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Required. Complete and return this form to finish registering.

More Information

Contact our education staff at programs@virginiaaquarium.com or 757-385-0278 to request information about camps and registration procedures. If a camp is sold out, you can ask to be placed on a waitlist.

Member Discounts Available!

All of our camps offer a reduced rate for Virginia Aquarium Members. Consider joining today to take advantage of this and many other rewards!