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Fun Events At The Virginia Living Museum This Summer!

19 June 2014 by

There are so many exciting things going on at The Virginia Living Museum this Summer that I thought I would put together a blog post to share all of them so you don't miss out on any of the fun!

The Really BIG Dinosaur Puppet Show

May 24- June 22 Weekends only - Last Weekend Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 with shows at noon, 1 and 2pm in the lobby of the Wason Ed Center! 

dinopuppet1Imagine if the bones and fossils of ancient dinosaurs could come back to life, what stories they might tell!

No need to imagine any more, as Rainbow Puppet Productions presents “The Really BIG Dinosaur Show.” Through original songs and the use of more than 20 giant puppets, the time of the dinosaurs reappears on stage. There’s an 8-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex, mamma and baby dinosaurs, and another dinosaur that’s over 16 feet long. This fun-packed stage show is packed with lots of audience participation.

David Messick with Dino Puppet

Age: appropriate for kids of all ages!

Dinos Live!

May 24-September 1, 2014

Watch our DINOmite VIDEO NOW!

A new gang of dinosaurs is coming to town this summer at the Virginia Living Museum! Roaring, stomping robotic prehistoric creatures have been a popular attraction every time they’ve been featured at the museum. But this year, for the first time, the VLM will feature the lifelike creations of Billings Productions, North America’s leading producer of animatronic dinosaurs.

The summer exhibit, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, will take visitors back more than 65 million years to the Cretaceous period, the heyday of dinosaurs when Tyrannosaurus rex ruled North America. Tremble at a growling T rex. Then watch a Edmontosaurus mother tend her brood. There’s even a nest full of eggs ready to hatch. See Euoplocephalus, built like a military tank, and Styracosaurus, one of the most spectacular of the horned dinosaurs. Citipati, the dinosaur that highlights the link between non-avian dinosaurs and birds, has a spectacular head crest that is similar to that of a modern cassowary.

Each animatronic dinosaur is powered by a pneumatic system and fitted with its own electronic “brain” to activate and control fluid movements and prehistoric sounds. The robotic dinosaurs use air pistons and state-of-the art electronics under steel frames to fuel the creatures. The frames are covered with detailed foam rubber skin to simulate their lifelike appearance with bony horns, sharp claws and blade-like teeth.

New this summer will be a tented outdoor dinosaur excavation area. Amateur paleontologists can search through a mound of fossil-filled sediment and then take home real fossils. And they can help uncover real fossil bones of ancient whales. Four to five million years ago whales swam in an ocean that covered the Peninsula.

Time: 9am-5pm (daily). The exhibit will also be open three evenings 6-8pm, June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.
Cost: Exhibit included in general museum daytime admission. VLM members free, non-members $17 adults, $13 children (ages 3-12).
Evening prices: DINOS LIVE! will be open during our monthly evening Star Parties (June 14, July 12 and August 9 only) VLM members  free, non-members $6

A NEW EXHIBIT OPENS THIS SATURDAY at the Virginia Living Museum!

Introducing WILD & WELL

Calling all future animal keepers and vets!  Come play, learn and dream in our new permanent exhibit, “Wild & Well,” opening June 21.  Be an Animal Keeper and role play preparing various diets for the animals in the museum. The new exhibit comes with a play kitchen food bins, animal diet cards and animal holding cages with life-sized stuffed animals! Can you prepare a balanced diet for them?  Then, pretend to be a Vet and diagnose various native animals and prescribe and perform treatment to improve their health with a wide variety of play props, including examination tables, x-ray walls, and stethoscopes!  Who knows maybe someday our young vets and keepers will return to work here at the Virginia Living Museum!

Time: 9am-5pm daily

Cost: Included in museum admission

Opening Day Activities June 21!

  • 10am Ribbon Cutting
  • 10am-2pm Wild Birds Unlimited bird feeding display
  • 10am-2pm SPCA Information on adopting shelter pets and hurricane preparedness for pets
  • 10:30am-12:30pm Face painting with Kolonial Klowns
  • 1-2pm Members Only Mini Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Aquarium Food Prep, Animal Care, Herpetology and Vet Clinic.

Petsafe Give-aways – Lickety Stiks for pets (while supplies last)



To learn more about The Virginia Living Museum and their great Military Discounts on Admission and Membership visit them on MB!

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