Playdate & Create

Registration Information

Summer 2024 Classes & Programs

Registration for VMFA Members & Non-members is currently underway online, by phone, and in person.

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Fall 2024 Classes & Programs

Registration for VMFA Members

To accommodate the high demand, members-only registration for the following categories will begin as noted:

Studio School and Art History Classes (ages 16+)

Tue, Aug 6 | 8 am (online or by phone) or 10 am (in person)

Teen and All Children’s Classes

Wed, Aug 7 | 8 am (online or by phone) or 10 am (in person)

VMFA members have the first chance to register for classes. Not a member? Join today.

Registration for Nonmembers

Nonmember registration for all classes begins Tue, Aug 13 | 8 am (online or by phone) or 10 am (in person)

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In need of assistance?

Visitor Services is available by phone 804.340.1405 starting at 8 am or in-person at the museum starting at 10 am on registration days.

What to Know Before Coming to Class

Ages 2–5 years, accompanied by an adult
Art Education Center
$18 per child/caregiver pair
Minimum of 10 child/caregiver pairs required
Advanced Registration Required

Is your child and caregiver group looking for a fun and creative playdate location? Gather your group and visit VMFA. Children and caregivers will enjoy playful music and movement activities, a story time, a gallery walk, and a hands-on art activity.

Note: Classes are nonrefundable and cannot be transferred to another class. Be sure to mark your calendars.

Program Information

  • The Playdate and Create program is available on select Monday and Friday mornings.
  • The 90-minute visit runs from 10–11:30am.
  • Each program focuses on a theme of your choice, listed below.
  • A minimum of 10 children are required per program, up to a maximum of 18.
  • The program fee is $18 per child/caregiver pair.

Each of the available themes is designed to engage young learners and accommodate different learning styles.

You, Me, & Our Community
Explore identity, culture, and geography in art from around the world. Create an expressive portrait while discussing important figures in your community.

1-2-3-4-5 Senses!
Activate all five of your senses as you explore VMFA’s campus and participate in an exploratory studio art project.

Shapely Sculptures
Make a masterpiece by mixing math with art. Search for shapes in paintings and sculptures, then learn how shapes add up to make a 3D creation.

VMFA Early Childhood Play Date and Create registration opens for the school year in September. Space fills quickly. In order to ensure availability, we encourage early registration. Note that by January, the spring months are often fully booked.

To schedule a Playdate & Create program for your group:
Contact the Early Childhood Educator at 804.340.1509 or
Please be ready to provide the following information:

• Contact person’s name, email address, and cell phone number
• Date requested, plus an alternate date(s)
• Number of children and ages
• Program theme of interest

Payment of $18 per child/caregiver pair is to be made in advance, once a reservation has been confirmed. Program fees are nonrefundable for cancellations made within 24 hours of your scheduled visit.

For additional information, please contact the Early Childhood Educator at 804.340.1509 or