ABOUT VMFA’S CURIOSITY CAMPS FOR 3–5 YEAR OLDS
Immersed in the rich environment of VMFA, children will explore, connect, and grow, as individuals and as part of a community of learners. Along with art, emphasis is placed on play, music and movement activities, and the museum grounds–all guided by the interests of the group.
Ages 3–5 (for youth summer classes visit http://vmfa.museum/youth-studio/kids/)
Dates Multiple-day camps run Jun 7–25 | Aug 23–Sep 2
Times 9:30 am–noon
Tuition 5 day camps: $150 per camp (VMFA members $130) | 3 day camps: $90 per camp (VMFA members $75)
Register Online at www.vmfa.museum, phone 804.340.1405, or visit the VMFA Visitor Services desk during public hours
WHAT TO BRING
Required forms (listed below) must be completed by a parent or legal guardian and submitted in-person on the first day of camp. Having forms completed and ready to submit upon arrival will help speed up the check-in process. Blank forms will also be available on-site, if needed.
The Emergency Information Form allows us to learn more about your child and keep him/her safe. It must be completed by a parent or guardian and submitted in-person on the first day of every camp.
The Emergency Medication Permission Form (if necessary) should be completed if a student is to self-carry a medication for use in the event of an emergency.
- Clearly written instructions on the administration of medicine must be provided by the parent or legal guardian.
- It is strongly advised that if your child will bring emergency medication, VMFA staff is notified at least two weeks ahead of the program via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If your child has an allergy of any kind, it is important to inform VMFA staff on the first day of camp. If it is a serious life-threatening allergy, we welcome you to remain on campus while your child is participating in the program.
Medical Notice: In the event of an emergency, VMFA Staff will respond to the situation promptly and accordingly, and ; a staff person will immediately attempt to reach the parent or legal /guardian.
The Photography Release Form gives us permission to include your child in photos that document the daily activities of camp. Staff share these, along with quotes, with caregivers via a Google photo album. From time to time VMFA photographers document the camp for website and advertising purposes.
All authorized adults planning to pick up children from camp are required to show a valid ID during checkout each day.
Campers should bring a small, healthy snack to eat and a water bottle for snack time. Snacks will be stored in children’s cubbies. Health & Food Notice: For the health and safety of others, students cannot share food. Masks can be removed during snack break. Snacks will be eaten outside, weather permitting. Please avoid bringing foods with traces of peanuts and tree nuts. We also ask that caregivers be mindful of other children who may have potentially life-threatening allergies.
CHANGE OF CLOTHES
On the first day of class, campers should bring an extra set of clothes complete with a shirt, pants, underclothes, and socks. The extra set of clothes will be stored in your child’s cubby for the duration of the camp.
Be a superhero and wear a mask! Following K-12 guidance in Virginia, the museum strongly recommends the use of masks for all participants and faculty/staff in early childhood, youth, and teen classes and programs. Along with mask recommendation, VMFA will mirror K-12 school COVID-19 safety guidelines within studios and classrooms, including social distancing and frequent cleaning. Please note that unvaccinated participants ages 2 and up should wear a mask while at the museum. Also, in accordance with K-12 guidance, participants and teachers, while remaining physically distant, are welcome to remove their masks when they visit the Sculpture Garden and any of the Museum’s green spaces as a group.
WHERE TO PARK
Allow ample time to park, walk to the building, and check in before the start of camp, especially on the first day. The VMFA Parking Deck is free for members and free for the first 30 minutes for nonmembers; after that, it is $6 to park for the day. You may also choose free parking along the street.
Note: Parking is strictly prohibited in the Entry Plaza, or fire lane, in front of the museum.
WHERE TO GO
Camps take place in the Art Education Center studios inside the museum (or the Pauley Center building for teen summer classes). VMFA staff will be onsite to help direct visitors. We strongly recommend that caregivers familiarize themselves and their children with the area prior to the first day of camp.
Use the Student Entrance (left of the main entrance) to access the Art Education Center, as the rest of the building is closed to the public (VMFA hours of operation are Mon–Sun, 10 am–5 pm, with extended hours Wed-–Fri until 9 pm). Please be aware that after 10 am, however, this entrance may be used as an “EXIT ONLY” until further notice.
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear clothing that is appropriate for an art studio (camp can be messy). Comfortable, closed-toed shoes are recommended. We also encourage dressing in layers or bringing a long-sleeved shirt—while it may be hot outside, it’s often cool inside!
CAMP POLICIES + PROCEDURES
Upon arrival, please wait in line, and practice 6-ft physical distancing while we verify paperwork or welcome students to camp. Note that our process has been modified to include a “no contact” check-in, verbal COVID-19 screening, and voluntary temperature check. We kindly ask for your patience, as this process takes time. Drop-off and pick-up times have been extended in effort to reduce crowding. Masks are required for everyone (ages 2+) while inside the museum.
- Don’t forget the Emergency Forms on the first day.
- Campers must be checked in by an authorized adult who will assist with COVID-19 screening each day.
- Physical distancing of 6ft is essential. Please be mindful of your space and others, especially while waiting in line.
- For everyone’s health and safety, only students, staff, and interns are typically allowed in the studios (no caregivers or siblings).
When campers are ready for dismissal, a staff person will begin the checkout process. Please form a single line for check out. We ask that you continue to be respectful of other families by providing at least 6ft of physical distance and allowing room for existing traffic. Staff will check IDs while you wait and gather students every few minutes.
- Authorized adults are required to show a valid Photo ID before we can release a camper from the studio.
- Checkout is located in the Art Education Center.
- Plan for extra time on Fridays, as students bring most of their artwork home at the end of the week. Feel free to bring extra boxes or large bags to carry belongings home.
- If you need to pick up your child early from camp, we ask that you make arrangements during check-in, when possible. Otherwise, camp staff may not always be available to assist you right away.
- In the event of an emergency, phone Visitor Services at 804.340.1405 and ask them to radio camp staff.
Pick-up time begins promptly at the end of camp (noon). Late pick-ups may result in dismissal from the program. If your child is not picked up within 10 minutes, VMFA staff will attempt to reach you, the pick-up person for that day, and other contacts. If you are running late, leave a message at 804.340.1343.
Curiosity Camps are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another camp. Be sure to mark your calendar and save your confirmation email upon registering for camp(s). Refunds for missed programs are not available.
Please review the following information with your children before the start of camp:
- Be kind – to teachers, classmates, and materials
- Be careful and safe – in the studios, galleries and museum grounds
- Have fun!
We use positive reinforcement and logical consequences for challenging moments. We engage children in a dialogue about behavior, allowing them to have a constructive role in solving and fixing problems. VMFA staff will inform parents when behavioral issues arise.
Students and/or parents will be asked to complete a survey at the end of camp. We value your opinion and greatly appreciate you taking the time to help us improve our program and exceed your expectations.