​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​**The Aquarium is open to the public on a limited capacity basis so advance tickets must be purchased online. You can reserve your visit here.  Learn about important new policies and procedures here.**

During Wave One of reopening and in order to minimize gatherings of people as much as possible, the following programs will not be offered at this time: S.T.E.A.M., Toddler Tuesdays, Field Trips, Playtime with Miss Jenny and Toddler Trek. More details will be announced as these programs become available.

While our some of our programs are not currently being offered, we invite you to enjoy some creative, fun, and educational activities that we have created, and be sure to visit our social media accounts to stay up to date with your favorite Aquarium friends on Instagram and Facebook.

Community Resources


*This program is not currently offered. Please watch for updates.*

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 o​r (757)385-0339, or you may email us at 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 Main Building, and costs $7 for Aquarium members and $9​ for non-members. See a description of each program on our calendar here.

​Toddler Tuesdays

*This program is not currently offered. Please watch for updates.*

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 Main Building, and are included with Aquarium admission. No registration is required.​

Playtime with Miss Jenny & Friends

*This program is not currently offered. Please watch for updates.*

​Join us on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Wildflower Deck (right outside of the Coastal River exhibit) as Miss Jenny and her friends read stories and participate in playtime activities geared towards early learners. In the event of inclement weather, Playtime will be held in the Changing Exhibit Gallery​. No registration is required and the program is included with Aquarium admission.

​​Toddler​ Trek

*This program is not currently offered. Please watch for updates.*

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 Main Building'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.

**We will post more information as these events are able to be scheduled.**

To learn more about these opportunities, please click on the 2019-2020 flyer.

For more information please contact us at (757) 385-0278 or (757) 385-0275, or you may email us at programs@virginiaaquarium.com.​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. 

In compliance with public facility closures and due to social distancing measures, we will not be offering summer camps in 2020. We have created innovative alternative opportunities for youth activities. Visit our Community Resources page for these and other great learning resources. You can also visit our social media accounts to stay up to date with your favorite Aquarium friends on Instagram and Facebook.