Outreach Programs

Pre-School Programs: Ages 3-5

Each program is a hands-on, fun-filled learning experience in which the child takes active roles. The programs are 20-25 minutes long and can accommodate up to 20 children per program. Programs are available within a sixty minute driving radius of the Children’s Museum of Virginia. Programs outside that radius are required to book a minimum of two programs. Our pre-and post-visit teacher packets may be found under Education Resources. For information, email or send a request to our Online Group Inquiry Form.

Program Fees: $55.00 for a single program; $45 per program for two or more programs on the same day.

  • Andalo and the Five Senses: Touch, see, smell, hear, and taste. Join Andalo, our mascot, and discover how we use all of our senses to understand the world around us.
  • Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere: Large ones, small ones, some as big as your head. Blow some bubbles and see the amazing spheres of colors you can make. Note: This program occurs outside in warmer weather.
  • Life Cycles in Nature: Act out the life of a tree. Dance like a honeybee. Learn about the life cycles of all kinds of organisms—from plants to animals to creepy crawlies.
  • Magnets for Beginners: Join a magnetic scavenger hunt. Try a little magnetic push and pull. Discover what attracts to magnets, what doesn’t and why.

Early Elementary: Grades K-2

Our programs are hands-on and students are actively involved with the demonstrations. The programs are approximately 40 minutes long and can accommodate 20-25 students per program. Programs are available within a sixty minute driving radius of the Children’s Museum of Virginia. Programs outside that radius are required to book a minimum of two programs. Our pre-and-post visit teacher packets may be found under Education Resources. For information, email or send a request to our Online Group Inquiry Form.

Program Fees: $95.00 for one 40 minute program or $85.00 per program for two or more programs on the same day.

  • What’s a Magnet? This introduction to magnets has students investigating the forces of magnetism like attract and repel, magnetic and nonmagnetic surfaces, and push and pull. Students will discover some of the useful applications magnets have in our everyday lives.
  • More than Magnets: So you think you know what a magnet looks like. Students will rediscover the forces of magnets using household materials like screws and batteries. Students will also learn about rare earth magnets, lodestones, and electromagnets.
  • On a Roll: Spinning wheels, rolling balls, and vibrating tuning forks explain the energy behind motion. Discover how to use this energy to make sound or even to keep balanced on your bike.
  • Our Community: Then and Now: Have your students experience hands-on history. Using artifacts, old photos and puzzles, they will explore how technology, transportation and daily life have changed our community over time.

Upper Elementary: Grades 3-5

Our programs are hands-on and students are actively involved with the demonstrations. The programs are approximately 40 minutes long and can accommodate 20-25 students per program. Programs are available within a sixty minute driving radius of the Children’s Museum of Virginia. Programs outside that radius are required to book a minimum of two programs. Our pre- and post-visit teacher packets may be found under Education Resources. For information, email or send a request to our Online Group Inquiry Form.

Program Fees: $95.00 for one 40 minute program or $85.00 per program for two or more programs on the same day.

  • Catch the Current: Static electricity and current electricity is experimented with in this charged program. Students become electrons and move through series and parallel circuits and understand what types of forces move electricity.
  • Simple Machines: Wedges, inclined planes, levers, wheels, pulleys, and screws; simple machines can be found everywhere. Students will learn about their use throughout history and examine how we still use them today.
  • Sounding Out: Sound is energy and students will investigate what we need to make sound and how to make “noise.” The sound program focuses on waves, frequency, music and resonation.