In VMFA’s Early Childhood Education programs, infants, toddlers, and preschool age children discover the world around them through playing, singing, exploring, and creating. Held in the classroom, galleries, and studio, these programs foster children’s development, early literacy, autonomy, and decision-making skills. Register online or phone 804.340.1405.
Early Childhood Programs are generously sponsored by the Hearst Foundation and the Emily S. and Coleman A. Hunter Charitable Trust.
For children 3 months–5 years
Note: Classes are nonrefundable and cannot be transferred to another class. Be sure to mark your calendars.
Ages 14–30 months
Select Thursdays, 11 am–noon
Tots of Art fosters children’s growing mobility with new sensory and fine motor experiences. Stimulate their budding curiosity through singing and movement activities, engaging stories, exploratory art experiences, and gallery walks. Monthly themes; different lessons weekly.
Ages 2 ½–5 years
Tue and Wed, 11 am – noon
Innovative art lessons inspire imagination. individuality, and creativity! Join Ms. Lori for hands-on experiential play and arts activities, exciting gallery tours, and entertaining stories. Monthly themes; different lessons weekly.
Ages 10 months–5 years
Select Saturdays, 10:30–noon
Children and caregivers will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where play, arts, and movement connect. Gallery visits and studio arts foster an early appreciation for VMFA’s campus and the arts, while play, sensory and movement activities engage children’s cognitive, social, and physical development. Join us on the weekends for this NEW exciting program!
Ages 18 months–5 years,
accompanied by an adult
Dec 27–29, 10:30–11:45 am
Spend your holiday break with VMFA! Engage in experiential art-and-play activities for continuity of learning from one day to the next. Following the interests of the group, you and your child will enjoy studio fun with art materials, gallery visits, movement games, and interesting stories.
Ages 3–5 years
Five-day camps run Jun 6–Jul 1
Mon–Fri, 9:30 am–noon
Immersed in the rich environment of VMFA, children will explore, connect, and grow, both as individuals and as part of a community of learners in these nontraditional art camps. Emphasis will be placed not only on art but also on play, music, and movement activities, and the museum grounds–all guided by the interests of the group.