Make your Own Creation (MOC) Contest - 6 years old and younger - Aug. 4 Deadline
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks - OPEN DAILY
Summer Thursdays - Stay Late 'til 8 pm | Thursdays through Aug 31
Virginia Living Museum e-newsletter 8-03-17  
Calling all LEGO Artists! 
This weekend is the first  Make Your Own Creation (MOC) Contest! 

Age level contest dates found here.  First up... Ages 6 and under!

WHEN: August 5th - Voting for favorites in museum's changing exhibit gallery!
WHO:  ages 6 and under
WHAT: Bring your "Creation" Friday, Aug 4 to the VLM to be eligible for great prizes.  

Complete information on website.  Future weekends will focus on other age groups.

Cost: Included in Museum admission.                     MOC Contest sponsor

Open Daily 

Presenting sponsor: 

Join us for Giant LEGO®  brick sculptures, designed by Brooklyn artist and children's author Sean Kenney, t hat brings nature to life with a six-foot hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 48,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a seven-foot long dragonfly, and much more.  This spectacular combination of nature and art is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition created  with over a half million LEGO®  bricks.
The exhibit will be located in the Conservation Garden where visitors can view the 16 amazing sculptures, as well  as a  Big Block Build Zone .  A   LEGO®  Brick  Creation Station  will put guests' creativity to the test.
Check links to:  Demonstrations , Free Programming  and fun for all!

Cost: Included in Museum admission.  
Whose Track Is That? 
August 3 - 6-7pm
Speaker:  Lisa Wright, VLM Education Associate & Collections Manager

Make Tracks to the VLM to learn about some of the"footprints" and signs that animals leave behind! That track in the sand - was it a fox, or maybe a coyote?  Down by the pond - did a beaver pass by here, or was it an otter?  I see webbed feet - a duck, or a goose?  And here's some poo - who did the doo?  (Also called "scat"!)  You'll have fun learning to identify some animal tracking secrets, and you can also paint your own model animal track to take home! Registration is required - sign up for this learning adventure today

Cost: Included in Museum admission                                       Sponsored by:   
Summer Thursdays - Stay Late 'til 8 

Our doors are open until 8pm (outdoor trail open until 7:30pm) every Thursday through August 31.
Stay late until 8pm with added activities including:
  • Enjoy or NATURE CONNECTS: Art with LEGO Bricks in the Conservation Garden
  • Human Hamster Balls - come play inside small inflatable balls ($1) or large inflatable balls ($5)
  • Animal Encounters
  • Outdoor Trail Open Until 7:30pm
  • Wild Side Café Family Dining Options - enjoy grab-and-go dinners and sit in the garden
  • LIVE music by Soundspectrum Entertainment, 5:30-7:30pm 
  • Planetarium Shows: Kaluoka'hina 4:30pm  and Virginia Skies at 5:30pm Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission
  • Naturally Speaking Series: Whose Track is That?  6-7pm
  • Stop by the Wild Things Museum Store for a featured 30% item from 5-8 pm. 
See the website for weekly activity details and pricing.
August 9 - 10:30-2:30pm
Give the gift of life! Every drop counts.
Location: Blood Mobile Bus on museum parking lot
To schedule an appointment, visit

Sponsor code: VLM

Presenting donors will receive:
  • $2 discount for up to four people associated with the donor free
  • Free fountain drinks from the Wild Side Cafe 
  • $5 Target eGift Card will be emailed to each donor
Through Aug 13 

Final weeks for the Children's Theater production held in the  outdoor amphitheater. The delightful performance answers the question "Is My Sandwich a Dinosaur?"  Children learn  all about dinosaurs and what fossils (and chicken sandwiches) can teach us about them. Six shows daily with lots of audience participation!  Weather permitting: 11:00am,
11:30am, 12:00pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30pm, and 2:00pm in  the  outdoor Wason Amphitheater. 
Newport News Arts Commission

Cost: Included in Museum admission.                                   Sponsored by:                               
  • Behind-the-Scenes: every Tues & Sat 3pm
  • Every Animal Has a Story: every Wed 3pm
  • All About Otters: third Thurs 3pm
  • Endangered Encounter: Thur 3pm 
  • Turtle Talk & Tour: Fri 3pm 
  • Be a Vet Walk & Talk: Mon 12 & 2pm  (Aug 14)
  • Walk with the Keeper: Tues 8:15am  (Aug 29)
Cost: $12 members; $14 non-members   Purchase tickets now.
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Aug 3         Stay Late 'til 8
Aug 9         Blood Mobile 
Aug 10       Stay Late 'til 8
Aug 12       Dino on the Loose
Aug 17       Stay Late 'til 8
Aug 19       Story Time
Aug 21       Great American Eclipse
Outdoor Dinosaur Discovery Trail  open daily 9am - 4:30pm (closes 7:30pm on Thursdays, Through - Aug 31)
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