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Variety of Summer Programs Kick Off a SHARK Filled Summer at the Virginia Living Museum
Submitted by Judy Triska [Virginia Living Museum]

SharkW imageNEWPORT NEWS – Summer is in full swing at the Virginia Living Museum. Get set for a shark summer at the Virginia Living Museum with Shark Zone through Sept. 2.

Enter the exhibit gallery through a massive shark jaw tunnel to experience Shark Zone, a new exhibit created by the Virginia Living Museum. Meet face-to-face the awesome superheroes of the ocean world and learn why sharks deserve our respect not our fear. Exhibit includes:
  • Tour an amazing gallery of 37 photos by award winning National Geographic photographer, Brian Skerry (May 11 – Aug. 4) and life-sized replicas of six shark species!
  • Touch live catsharks and skates in an eight-foot chilled, saltwater tank! Guests can also get an up close look at those sharks and rays through underwater viewing windows.
  • Enter a shark cage and come face-to-face with a full-size great white shark replica. Use a computer kiosk to track more than 20 tagged Great White Shark locations in the world's oceans and explore educational websites with shark themed games and quizzes.
  • Kids can play act the roles that scientists serve when great white sharks are briefly pulled onto an ocean platform to be radio tagged, medically tested, named and then safely released. In this Shark Research Station play area, kids will capture one of five plush shark species and use medical equipment to perform critical tests before releasing them back into the ocean.
  • Step outside to a Fossil Beach and dig in a pit for real fossil shark teeth and learn to identify the type of shark they came from. Take home a souvenir fossil shark tooth over 50 million years old!
  • Standing inches from a 6-foot-wide and 6- foot-high Megalodon shark jaw, visitors can truly imagine the incredible size of this school bus sized shark that once swam throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia. Take a picture of a lifetime of your family by this Megalodon shark jaw and take a close up of its handsized teeth!
There are a variety of companion programs now open for the summer:
  • Inflation of the SHARK JAWS every morning at 9:01am. This huge inflatable shark jaw is the entrance to SHARK ZONE. Watch it rise... then walk on in!
  • SHARK GUTS Amphitheater Program - Dive into the sticky, slimy, and amazing world of shark guts at our summer amphitheater program! We'll get up-close and personal with a variety of shark meals by learning about how shark teeth determine what they eat. Times: 12:30, 1:30 Dates: Daily June 15- September 2
  • SHARK SECRETS – Animal Program - Sharks have special adaptations to help them survive in the wild, but did you know some of our animals have similar characteristics? Join one of our Educators to learn about the ways sharks survive in an array of environments – and even meet some of our animal ambassadors up-close! Times: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 Dates: Daily June 15- September 2
For the mad scientists – join us for Super Science LIVE! on select Fridays: Experience live 15- minute science demos in the conservation garden. Weather permitting. Date: Fridays June 14- August 30 Time: 3:00pm Cost: included in admission
  • June 21 Phone Book Friction
  • June 28 Whoosh Rocket
  • July 5 Air Cannon
  • July 12 Air Pressure Holds in water
  • July 19 Air Zooka
  • July 26 Water Rocket Launch
  • Aug 2 Wind Tubes
  • Aug 9 Bernoulli Vacuum
  • Aug 16 Folding Paper More than 7X
  • Aug 23 Diet Coke and Mentos Height Challenge
  • Aug 30 Elephant Toothpaste
In addition to regular Abbitt Planetarium offerings enjoy our Summer Fulldome Series : Dates: June 18 – September 1. Check the calendar. Cost: VLM members free, non-members $4 plus Museum admission.For complete information on planetarium shows: https://thevlm.org/events/planetarium-shows/. Tickets are available at the front desk.

The museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, I64, exit 258A.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 children (ages 3-12). Children ages 2 and under are free.

For more information call 757-595-1900 or visit the web site at thevlm.org


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