2016 Summer Day Camps


Camps are offered for children ages 5 to 15. To participate, a child must meet the specified age requirement by the time a camp begins.


Virginia Aquarium camps focus primarily on marine science, but also include other science and nature topics. Camp activities are developed and conducted by the Aquarium's educators and emphasize experiential learning through animal interactions, outdoor investigations, and hands-on activities.

Members-Only Onsite Registration:

  • Wednesday, April 6 from 4:30-6:30 pm. in the Marsh Pavilion Lobby
  • Payment must accompany registration.

Registration by mail, phone, or in person:

  • Starting Monday, April 11, both members and non-members may register.
  • Payment must accompany registration.

Camp Details:

After registration, you will receive camp forms that must be completed and returned to the Aquarium no later than two weeks prior to camp. These forms also can be downloaded from the Virginia Aquarium website. When camp forms have been returned, we will send you information on camp activities and check-in time and location.

For more information:

Call our Youth Programs Registrar at  (757) 385-0278 to inquire about camp activities and registration procedures.

  Download Registration Form

2016 Summer Camp Descriptions

For Ages 5 (All camps are one day, 9 a.m. - noon)

Check out these camp opportunities that have been especially designed for 5-year-old early learners.

Slimey Ooey Goo
July 13
Animals do some icky and disgusting things, and you’ll discover some of them through hands-on activities, animal encounters, and interactive games.
Fee: $30 members; $40 non-members

Under the Water
July 27
A creeping, crawling, clinging menagerie of animals thrive on the pilings in Owls Creek. Tadpoles and turtles patrol the freshwater pond. See some of these critters up close as we learn all about this ecosystem.
Fee:  $30 members; $40 non-members

Creatures of the Night
August 10
Nocturnal animals have special adaptations that allow them to be active at night. Learn all about living in the dark and meet the Aquarium's nocturnal ambassadors.
Fee: $30 members; $40 non-members

For Ages 6-7 (All camps are two days, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Forest Friends (One summer only)
June 30-July 1 ; July 21-22
Explore the forest and the creatures that live in its various habitats. Learn to be a responsible steward like Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.
Fee: $60 members; $80 non-members

Wonders of Water
June 27-28; July 18-19 Sold Out
Observe aquatic animals and conduct experiments that reveal the magic of water and the adaptations needed to survive in it.
Fee: $60 members; $80 non-members

For Ages 7-9 (All camps are two days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Nature Rangers
July 11-12 Sold Out; July 25-26
Learn how to find animals in a variety of places as you explore Owls Creek and its surrounding habitats. Scoop for tadpoles in the freshwater pond, collect crabs in the salt marsh, and hike the maritime forest to search for birds, insects, and signs of other wildlife.
Fee: $120 members; $150 non-members

Yuck that's Gross
July 14-15; July 28-29
Do you know why sea stars throw up their own stomachs or why snails produce slime? Find the answers to these questions and other gross facts through dissections, hands-on learning and live animal observation.
Fee: $120 members; $150 non-members

For Ages 9-12 (Camp times vary. Please check individual descriptions.)

This Way to the Bay Sold Out
August 8-12 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.); June 27-July 1; July 25-29

Explore the diverse habitats and observe some of the animals that make the Chesapeake Bay a unique resource. Search for life in the Bay during excursions to the Eastern Shore and First Landing State Park. Go kayaking, take a Dolphin Watch cruise, and trawl the ocean floor.
Fee: $250 members; $300 non-members

W.A.V.E. Sold Out
July 11-15 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

This summer, do the WAVE- Wander Across Virginia's Environment to discover some of Virginia's unique wild places. Search for turtles and frogs in a cypress swamp, seine for fish and invertebrates in a variety of habitats, and look for snakes in Back Bay.
Fee: $250 members; $300 non-members

For Ages 12-15 (Camp times vary. Please check individual descriptions.)

Marine Explorers Sold Out
July 20-22; August 3-5 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Explore some of the ways to study the ocean and make use of its resources. Go kayaking in search of dolphins. Seine the bay and trawl the ocean for fish and invertebrates.
Fee: $175 members; $200 non-members

S.W.A.T. – Seals, Whales, and Turtles Sold Out
July 7-8 (9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.); July 18-19; August 1-2

Discover the amazing lives of air breathing marine animals. Go behind the scenes to meet harbor seals and their trainers, go dolphin watching with Aquarium experts, and attend a sea turtle feeding and training session.
Fee: $150 members; $200 non-members

Specialty Camps for Ages 9-15

Fishing FINatics Sold Out
July 5-6 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.); August 15-16

Learn about the local game fish of Virginia Beach and why some are being protected. Put your "catch and release" skills to the test as we go fishing on a pier and aboard Virginia Aquarium's Ocean Explorer research vessel. Bring your fishing pole and we'll provide the bait.
Fee: $120 members; $150 non-members

Cool Catches Sold Out
August 17-19 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Get wet and get going on your way to becoming an expert on local fish and invertebrates. Fine-tune your Marine Biology knowledge during daily collection trips, aquarium maintenance sessions and hands-on explorations of marine habitats.
Fee: $175 members; $200 non-members