​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Summer Camps

Are you looking for day camps that give you more than a day away from the kids? Join the Virginia Aquarium for one of our meticulously designed, educationally-focused, and just-plain-fun camps. Aquarium camps primarily focus on marine science, but also include other nature topics. 

​​S.T.E.A.M.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math are key focuses for early learners. Our S.T.E.A.M. program, created for ages 3 to 7, allows our littlest learners the opportunity to create a piece of art based on scientific concepts. Advanced registration and a program fee are required to participate. Contact our Youth Programs staff at (757) 385-0278 or programs@virginiaaquarium.com for more information or to register.

S.T.E.A.M. takes place on select Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Marsh Pavilion, and costs $7 for Aquarium members and $9​ for non-members. See the full list of programs on our calendar here.

Upcycling

UpCycling, the Aquarium's newest early learner program, focuses on teaching conservation messages while empowering children to know there are actions that they can take now to help the environment. During each program, early learners will craft a purposeful item using recyclable and non-recyclable items while investigating how these items would otherwise impact the environment. Advanced registration and a program fee are required to participate. Contact our Youth Programs staff at (757) 385-0278 or ​programs@virginiaaquarium.com for more information or to register.

UpCycling takes place on the second and fourth Tuesday in a month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Marsh Pavilion, and costs $7 for Aquarium members and $9 for non-members. See the full list of programs on our calendar here.​

Toddler Tuesdays

Bring your preschoolers for this age-appropriate program that includes a letter of the day, colors, stories, and songs. Happening each Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The third Tuesday of the month even features a puppet show! These 30-minute programs are held in the Bay & Ocean Pavilion, and are included with Aquarium admission. No registration is required.

Playtime with Miss Jenny & Friends

​Join us on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Wildflower Garden Deck as Miss Jenny and her friends read stories and participate in playtime activities geared towards early learners. No registration is required and the program is included with Aquarium admission.

Whimsy​​ Wednesdays

​​Join our nature fairies as they explore nature, look for bugs, and play outside on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. until the end of September​. This program is perfect for children age 3-10! Meet in the Main Building Wildflower Garden, just past the Coastal River exhibit. No registration is required and the program is included with Aquarium admission.

Toddler​ Trek

Every Thursday, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., take an easy, 30-minute stroll along the Nature Trail to discover a new animal, color, or shape through fun outdoor activities. This program meets in the Bay & Ocean Pavilion's Changing Exhibit Hallway and takes place inside during inclement weather. No registration is required and the program is included with Aquarium admission.​​​​​​

Youth Conservation Series

​The Youth Conservation Series provides middle and high school students with opportunities to explore research, careers, and topics in marine science through field experiences and conservation action. To learn more about these opportunities, please click on the 2018-2019 flyer. For more information or to register for field experiences, please contact us at (757) 385-0278 or programs@virginiaaquarium.com.​​​​

Download the 2018-19 Flyer