Spring Break Added Activities | Apr. 1-23
Helpful Paws, Extraordinary Dogs Day | Apr. 8
 Military Child Weekend | Apr. 8 & 9
Virginia Living Museum e-newsletter 3-30-17  
Celebrate Spring with special events & programs  

Dog Days of Spring  - Apr 1-23
Enhance your visit of our Wolf to Woof exhibit with these special additions:
  • Tuesdays - Meet a Dog Breed
  • Wednesdays - Meet Dog Obedience Expert
  • Thursdays - Adopt a Pet
  • Fridays - Animal Hero Days
Expanded Tours - purchase tickets here
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Every Tues & Sat 3pm
  • Every Animal Has a Story Tour: Every Wed 3pm
  • All About Otters Tour: Every Third Thurs 3pm
  • Be a Vet Walk & Talk Tour: Apr 1, 12pm & 2pm
  • Walk with the Keeper Tour: Apr 4 & 11, 8:15am
  • Endangered Encounter Tour: Apr 6 & 13, 3pm
  • Turtle Talk and Tour: Apr 7 & 14, 3pm
Bunny Break - Apr 15  9:30am-12pm
Hop on by for a rabbit-themed story time and bunny craft. Meet and pet a real live bunny too! Craft available 9:30am-12pm; story time 10am; live bunny 10:15-10:45am. 

Planetarium Shows - 5 daytime shows to choose from! See the list and schedule here.

Helpful Paws, Extraordinary Dogs Apr 8 
Celebrate the bonds of companionship and service that are part of our special relationship with dogs. Meet dogs (and people) from the Tidewater Chapter of Pets for Vets, whose mission is to unite deserving veterans with specially trained dogs rescued from shelters. Members of the Newport News K-9 Unit will demonstrate how these highly trained dogs help keep our police officers and communities safe. Merrimac Dog Training Club and Canine Companions for Independence will demonstrate training, and Tail Waggin' Tutors' therapy dogs will show how they help children improve their reading skills. 
Military Child Weekend Apr 8-9
In a salute to military families, the Virginia Living Museum offers half price admission for the children of those who give their all. Children ages 3-12 will receive half price admission ($7.50) with a paying adult showing valid military ID the weekend of April 8-9. Military families purchasing a membership at the Museum will receive a 20% discount (double the usual 10% discount), and military families will receive a 10% discount in the Wild Things Museum Store . These discounts are in recognition of Military Child Month.

Sponsored by:
Ferguson Cares

Year-round, the Museum offers both admission and membership discounts to military families.
Our April 8 Star Party and Laser Light Shows have a special focus! Join us to learn how to prepare for the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Saturday Night Star Parties at the VLM begin with free observing at sunset on the second Saturday of every month. Star gazing is weather dependent. Telescopes are set up on the grounds and staff astronomers are available to help visitors identify objects in the night sky.  The evening continues with a planetarium program with laser light shows. 

Stargazing begins at sunset - FREE.

April 8 Evening Shows in the Abbitt Planetarium:
  • Eclipse 2017      6:30pm
  • Virginia Skies     7:30pm
  • Laser Mania       8:30pm
  • Laser Metallica    10pm
  • The Vision Bell  11:30pm
Show information and playlists c an be found here .
VLM members $3 per show (double feature $5), non-members $6 (double feature $10). The Wild Side CafĂ© is open during the evening from 6-9pm. 
Naturally Speaking  - Adult Educational Series
Apr 18 - Salt Marshes, Ghost Forests, & Sea Level Rise
6:30-8 pm
Join Dr. Matt Kirwan, Assistant Professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, to learn about how salt marshes and coastal forests are faring in the Chesapeake region and beyond.  No fee, but   register in advance .
Sponsored by: 
Spring Native Plant Sale 
Member Preview Sale Apr 20 4-6pm
Open to All Apr 22-23 & 29-30 9am-4pm

Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. VLM horticulture staff can answer questions and discuss the wildlife benefits of native plants. Admission to the sale is free, and it will be held in the Conservation Garden rain or shine.
Earth Day April 22 
Celebrate Earth Day at the VLM! Observe the animals as they receive toys, treats and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors. Learn more about protecting our environment and taking conservation measures. Earth-friendly vendors will show and sell green wares. There will also be crafts, eco-friendly giveaways, thousands of native plants for sale and earth-friendly animal shows. Plus, bring your batteries, cell phones and old sneakers for recycling. 
Sponsored by:
Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs
Open Daily through May 14

This exhibit sniffs out the facts about dogs and explores what makes the human/dog relationship so unique. Through multimedia displays, dioramas and interactive stations, visitors can learn about the different types of dogs, how they are related to wolves and how they help humans.

Presenting sponsor:
Judy & Henry Morris

Supporting sponsor: 

Come enjoy our Pet Selfie Photo Gallery as part of this exhibit. Bring a photo of your pet to the VLM's front desk for a chance to win a one night stay in a family suite at  Great Wolf Lodge ! Sweepstakes runs through April 28.  Photos will be displayed and will not be returned. Photos are not judged; winner to be drawn at random. See our website for m ore info and complete rules and regulations.
Click image above to vote.
Apr. 1-23    Spring Break Added Activities
Apr. 8-9      Military Child Weekend
Apr. 8         Helpful Paws, Extraordinary Dogs
Apr. 8         Star Party/Laser Light Shows
Apr. 15       Bunny Break
Apr. 18       Naturally Speaking:Changing Coastlines
Apr. 20       Member Preview for Plant Sale
Apr. 22       Earth Day
Apr. 22-23  Spring Native Plant Sale
Apr. 29-30  Spring Native Plant Sale - last weekend
Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogscontinues daily through May 14 
Outdoor Dinosaur Discovery Trail* open daily 9am-4:30pm
*Volunteers are needed to assist with these exhibits. See our website for info. For best consideration, apply before May 1.
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