Children's Museum of Virginia

Family Fun and Activities
Children's Museum of Virginia

Virginia Zoo /
Children's Museum
Membership Swap
September 1-30

During the month of September, Virginia Zoo members will get in FREE to the Children’s Museum of Virginia and Children’s Museum of Virginia members will get in FREE to the Virginia Zoo.

More details:

The member swap is during the month of September only. Members must present their cards and photo ID to receive free admission each time they visit.

If renewing, you can present a copy of your membership form with receipt to the zoo staff until you receive your card in the mail (Our front desk staff will provide this copy for you).

One of the adults listed on the membership card must be in attendance to use this benefit. Only the total number of people your membership allows will be admitted for free.

If you have questions, need to update information, or need a card; please contact the membership coordinator via email at or call 757-393-8983.





Toddler Days
September 15-18
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The tourists are gone and summer campers have returned to school, making it a good time for the small ones to play in the museum. Join us for toddler friendly games that encourage motor skill growth, engaging stories and songs, and all the museum’s exhibits.

The Beazley Planetarium will debut a special toddler friendly show, “Sunshine,” for the 5 and under crowd. Sunshine is a lovable cartoon sun and he doesn’t care if children get loud or excited: in fact he wants them to look around, raise their hands, sing and play along with his tricks. During the fun and games, the stars of the night sky are revealed and Sunshine explores some simple colors and counting. Sunshine offers a live presenter to get the audience into the fun and interacting fully.

As a reminder, the museum is now open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm, and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm.


Museum Madness
October 24
10 am - 6 pm

Children’s Museum of Virginia
Lightship Portsmouth Museum Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Wear your costumes to the Portsmouth Museums for a day of tricks, treats and spooky activities.

Stop by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center to see a menagerie of live creepy crawlies from around the world, including venomous serpents and glowing scorpions form the collection of John Barnes (J.B. Rattles) out of North Carolina. Visit the ghost picture booth and have your “ghost picture” taken and appear as a transparent specter. From 2 – 6 PM enjoy the talents of the Sonshine Artists with face painting and balloon animals.

Strange things have been happening at the Lightship Portsmouth! Many have reported strange sounds, lights flashing and other odd occurrences after the museum closes. It is up to you to find out if it is a ghost that has caused items to disappear, or something else. Join us in a family-friendly scavenger hunt through the ship and search for clues to find out if our ship is haunted or not!

Here at the Children’s Museum of Virginia experience a day of fun filled games with prizes, spooky crafts, magic shows and a special visit form Bat World.