August is a tough month. It seems the library and park programs end on July 31. We are left wondering what to do with ourselves to enjoy that last four weeks of summer vacation. Luckily, this area has several museums that are good to enjoy with the added bonus of temporary exhibits.
The Virginia Living Museum has until the end of Labor Day weekend Dinosaurs on exhibit. We have been a couple of times and they seem very real. There is place for youngsters to search for fossils and an albino alligator on display. Note the alligator is real.
The Virginia Air and Space Center has a full-scale test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft. This gives a glimpse into the future. There is also Destination Station which is a hands-on exhibit that showcases and celebrates the achievements and innovative discoveries made aboard the International Space Station, an internationally-developed research facility located in Earth’s lower orbit.
The Voyage of Discovery at Norfolk Botanical Garden allows visitors to embark on a voyage that will take them on a journey throughout the Garden. A replica of the USS Constitution will keep guests entertained as they enter a life-size section of the ship and dream of adventures on the high seas. Also enjoy the Butterfly House.
Nauticus has Classic Craft: the Bill Hoover Collection. This is a chance to see very beautiful boats. So don’t just fill August with getting ready for school. Consider these options a chance to prepare your children’s brain for learning.