Suitcase Science Kits

We offer a variety of topics for your classroom with our Suitcase Science resource kits.

You can explore the phases of water with hands-on experiments using our Properties of Water suitcase or examine squid beaks to learn how animals have adapted to their environment using the Animal Adaptations suitcase. You can compare replica skulls to learn about the differences between omnivores and carnivores in our Food Webs suitcase or maybe you want to learn the journey of a sea turtle from egg to adult while incorporating math skills using the Sea Turtle Science suitcase. These themed boxes help you to teach hands-on lessons in your classroom while incorporating books, posters, games, DVDs, science activities, experiments, artifacts and specimens that are included in the suitcase rental. Rent your Suitcase Science kit today!

Life Cycles

Grades K-3

This suitcase offers a variety of activities and games focusing on the life cycle sequence of terrestrial and marine animals. Metamorphosis is a key concept highlighted in this kit using the classic example of the caterpillar turning into the Monarch butterfly.

Science SOLs: K.1, K.4, K.6, K.7, K.9, K.10, 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10

Properties of Water

Grades K-4

Students explore and play with water to learn about one of Earth’s important resources. Hands-on water activities and supplies are provided in this kit. Topics that are covered include the three states of water, the hydrological cycle, and water conservation.

Science SOLs: K.1, K.2, K.4, K.5, K.9, K.10, K.11, 1.1, 1.3, 1.8, 2.1, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.3, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 4.1, 4.6, 4.9

Animal Adaptations

Grades 1-6

Peer through the microscope at plants, animals, and cells already provided for you and your students. This extensive resource allows hands-on learning using our real animal biofacts, animal adaptation games, books to read and films to watch.

Science SOLs: 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.8, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 6.1, 6.7

Food Webs

Grades 1-5

Explore replicated predator skulls to discover their physical adaptations for hunting and feeding. Get tangled in a marine or terrestrial food web, play a fun food web card game and use animal models to go in depth with feeding adaptations.

Science SOLs: 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.8, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.10, 3.11, 4.1, 4.5, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6

Sea Turtle Science

Grades K-12

Explore sea turtles in this dynamic suitcase filled with lessons on anatomy, habitats, food webs, life cycles, and conservation. Students will touch a sea turtle shell, observe feeding adaptations with replica skulls and play the role of a scientist while performing a mock stranding response and stomach content analysis.

Science SOLs: K.1, K.4, K.6-7, K.10-11, 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, 2.1, 2.4-5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 4.9, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 6.1, 6.7, LS.1, LS.4, LS.6, LS.8-11, BIO.1, BIO.6-8, ES.1, PS.1, PS.7

**The grade levels listed for each suitcase kit is just a recommendation and kits can be adapted for younger or older grades.

Rental Fees

Pricing (per Suitcase):

Renter Pick up and Drop off from Virginia Aquarium
$30.00 rental fee for 2-week period

  • Renter must coordinate pick-up date, time and checkout process with the Education Department
  • Suitcases are available for pick-up 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Suitcase drop off is available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Please bring copy of confirmation letter and photo ID at time of pick up

Aquarium ships the suitcase to and from your school
$80.00 rental fee for 2-week period

  • Includes prearranged shipping of suitcase to and from your school via Fed Ex ground
  • Return shipping label is included in suitcase
  • Renter is responsible for repackaging suitcase and affixing shipping label to the exterior before return shipping the suitcase

Payment is due 30 days prior to the start of your rental date via check, cash or credit card; if booked with less than a month’s notice, payment for your rental is due at the time of booking.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating date, time, and location of shipping or pick-up of your Suitcase Science rental. Please bring a copy of this e-mail with a photo ID when picking up your suitcase. For questions about suitcase content or availability, please contact the Education Department at (757) 385-0278.


  Download Suitcase Science Application

Please mail, fax or email your completed application to the Outreach Coordinator.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Attn:  Ashley Beerbroer
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 385-0278 (phone)
(757) 437-4976 (fax)