Summer Thursdays - Stay Late 'til 8 pm | Thursdays through Aug 31
Water|Ways & Diary of a Hammerhead Exhibits - Now Open
Dino on the Loose - Saturday 11 am & 2 pm
Virginia Living Museum e-newsletter 6-13-17  
You are Invited!
5:30 pm in the Lab

Annual Meeting of the Virginia Living Museum will be held beginning at 5:30 pm, Wednesday June 14, 2017. 
This public meeting is open to all.  
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Summer Thursdays - Stay Late 'til 8 
Our doors are open until 8 pm (outdoor trail open until 7:30 pm) every Thursday from June 1 - Aug 31.
Stay late until 8 pm with added activities including:
  • Human Hamster Balls - come play inside these large inflatable balls ($5 fee)
  • Canoeing on Deer Park Lake
  • Animal Encounters
  • VLM Collections Rocks! Enjoy mineral and rock display from our vast collections
  • Outdoor Trail Open Until 7:30 pm
  • Wild Side CafĂ© Family Dining Options - enjoy grab-and-go dinners and sit in the garden
  •  LIVE music by Soundspectrum Entertainment 5:30-7:30 pm 
  • Planetarium Shows: Kaluoka'hina 4:30 pm  and Virginia Skies at 5:30 pm Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission
  • Stop by the Wild Things Museum Store for a special 30% item from 5-8 pm. 
See the website for weekly activity details and pricing.
June 17 at 11 am and (special time) 2 pm
Follow our walking T-Rex in a dinosaur parade. Be sure to bring a camera for photo opportunities, enjoy adventure, and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail!

Cost: Included in Museum admission. Weather Permitting.
June 17 - Aug 13 

This Children's Theater production held in the
 museum's outdoor amphitheater 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: 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00  pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:00 pm in  the outdoor Wason Amphitheater. Note: no  shows 6/19 & 6/21

Cost: Included in Museum admission.
S[irit of America
Expanded Planetarium Schedule

The Abbitt Planetarium is now open 7 days per week for the summer and has an expanded schedule of daytime and evening shows that appeal to all ages! Check out current show trailers and detailed info on our website.

July 4 - Spirit of America Laser Light Show     
Purchase Tickets Now!
Celebrate the 4th in air conditioned comfort!  Join us in the Abbitt Planetarium for Spirit of America. This presentation mixes great patriotic music with America-inspired rock & roll and songs that have defined American music. Rock on to great artists like John Fogerty, Garth Brooks, Lee Greenwood, and so many, many more. 
Cost:    $3 VLM members, $6 non-members per showing
Behind the Scenes tour
Specialty Tours
  • Behind-the-Scenes: every Tues & Sat 3 pm
  • Every Animal Has a Story: every Wed 3 pm
  • All About Otters: third Thurs 3 pm
  • Endangered Encounter: Thurs 3 pm June 8 - Aug 31
  • Turtle Talk & Tour: Fri 3 pm June 9 - Aug 25
  • Be a Vet Walk & Talk: Mon 12 & 2 pm June 12, July 10, Aug 14
  • Walk with the Keeper: Tues 8:15 am June 27, July 25, Aug 29
Cost: $12 members; $14 non-members
a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition
Open Daily  through July 9  
Water is a critical resource. Water|Ways focuses on the numerous relationships between people and water. How has water shaped our history and traditions? How does it impact our daily life? What does the future hold for water?
  • Want to see what it takes to keep water clean in an aquarium? Stop by our Aquaculture tank to learn about various filtration elements
  • Enter the "Surf Zone" and put your balancing skills to the test or paddle in a kayak 
  • What is a watershed? An engaging video presentation tells you all about it
  • Come by our craft table where kids can create their favorite water animal and add it to the water scene banner, see our "trash turtle" and more!
Cost:  Included in Museum admission.

Exhibit made possible by:
Open through September 4
If you thought you knew everything about sharks, think again! Experience the epic life of  Harriet Hammerhead - take a peek inside her diary in this traveling exhibit that highlights  shark biology and conservation.

The panels of Harriet's diary are on display on the upper main level of the Museum t
hrough Sept 4.

Cost: Included in Museum admission. 
Stay tuned for Shark Day coming in July 15!
Dino Trail logo

June 14       VLM Annual Meeting - Open to the Public
June 15      Stay Late 'til 8 pm (trail closes at 7:30 pm)
June 17       Story Time  
June 17      Dino on the Loose 11 am and 2 pm
June 17 - Aug 13 Summer Amphitheater Program
June 17      Summer Animal Shows begin
June 22       Stay Late 'til 8 pm (trail closes at 7:30 pm)
June 24       Turtle Census
June 29      Stay Late "til 8 pm (trail closes at 7:30 pm)
July 6         Stay Late "til 8 pm (trail closes at 7:30 pm) 
July 8         Member Only: Pajama Jam
July 15       Shark Day
Outdoor Dinosaur Discovery Trail  open daily 9 am - 4:30 pm (closes 7:30 pm on Thursdays, June 1 - Aug 31)
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