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U.Va. Programs & Activities for Kids
Whether you like sports, art, science or technology, there are lots of exciting programs and activities for kids and their families to enjoy at the University of Virginia. Try one today!

Arts & Literature

  • Art Museum Activities for Kids & Families: The Fralin Museum of Art offers a variety of programs for young artists and their families, including hands-on exhibits, contests, and special tours.
  • Children's Programs in Aboriginal Art: Sponsored by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum of the University of Virginia, which also offers school and private group tours.
  • Family Art JAMS: Hands-on activities for young artists, ages 5-12. These experiences are designed for the whole family to participate.
  • Kid's College: Every June the Fralin Museum of Art welcomes the children of U.Va. Alumni to enjoy a variety of fun art activities while their parents participate in Reunion Weekend events.
  • Marching Band Summer Camp: High school drum majors, color guard members, feature twirlers, and student musicians will learn alongside U.Va. faculty and students at this one-of-a-kind camp. Sponsored by the Cavalier Marching Band.
  • Spring into Art, U.Va. Art Museum A Saturday morning art program at The Fralin Museum for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students and their parents/ caregivers.
  • Summer Arts, U.Va. Art Museum: Summer Arts @ the Museum provides an environment that encourages young artists to explore and create Art.
  • "Tell Us a Tale" Radio Show: Want to hear a story? Listen to this free radio program on U.Va.'s WTJU FM 91.1.
  • Virtual Art Exhibit: Take a virtual tour of the U.Va. Art Museum, or visit in person!
  • Virginia Festival of the Book: Share your love of books with some of the world's greatest living authors. Programs for young people and school groups are available.
  • Writer's Eye Program: Show off your poetry or prose in an annual writing competition organized by the U.Va. Art Museum and open to area students from grades 3 to 12.
  • Young Writers Workshop: For rising 9th graders to rising college freshman, YWW provides a comprehensive program for young writers to discover their talents.

Leadership & Learning

  • 4 Star Camps: Discover exciting careers, get a head start on reaching your college goals or just learn something new this summer!
  • Blueprint Summer Programs: A personal, innovative, and fun residential pre-college program that helps students get ready for college. Open to rising 9th-12th grade students, the program allows participants to choose from courses in business, forensic science, psychology, writing, or law.
  • Community Scholar Program: Want to take a course at U.Va.? Here's your chance! High school and home school students at the junior or senior level (minimum age 16) with a 3.00 GPA can take one course per semester at U.Va.
  • High School Leaders Program: The Sorensen Institute for Political Leaders offers concentrated study in Virginia politics and government for high school students from across the Commonwealth.
  • Saturday and Summer Enrichment Programs, Grades K-5, Curry School of Education: Gifts students can expand their horizons with academic study programs for grades K-5 and 4-10 in the sciences, math, arts, humanities, and the social sciences.
  • Upward Bound Program: U.Va. assists college-bound high school students in developing the skills required to graduate from college.
  • U.Va. Advance is a four-week summer residential program for highly-motivated, rising high school juniors and seniors. The program offers students an exceptional set of opportunities for growth and a head start on their undergraduate studies.
  • U.Va. Historical Tour: Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson and learn about the rich history of the University he created. Large group and private tours for kids are available.
  • WTJU's Summer Radio Camps: Want to see what it takes to put on a great radio show? WTJU offers summer radio camps for middle-school and high-school students interested in audio production, journalism, and music!
  • Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP): Learn more about a free year-long mentoring program that focuses on promoting middle school girls' leadership abilities.

Science & Technology

  • Blandy Experimental Farm: A visit to the State Arboretum of Virginia is more than just a tour or field trip; it's a chance to get excited about science and the natural world!
  • iD Tech Camps: Dreaming of a career in computers and game design? Kids 7-18 can attend the best tech camp on the planet at U.Va. It's a great place to make new friends and get a head start on an exciting future. (Ask about the U.Va. Faculty and Staff discount.)
  • Public Nights at U.Va. Observatories: See the stars and planets through our McCormick and Fan Mountain telescopes. Launch a lifetime love of the heavens with the help of U.Va.'s resident astronomers.
  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Outreach to K-12: Engineering faculty and students share their interest in engineering through open houses, class projects, competitions, virtual labs, teaching kits, exhibits, and more.
  • Science Camp: The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is a free academic program of the Harris Foundation that helps to educate middle school, high school and college students in the disciplines of science, mathematics, and engineering.
  • Summer Nature Camps at Blandy Experimental Farm: Summer nature camps in the mornings and afternoons for children ages 5-13.

Sports & Fitness

  • 4 Star Camps: If you love tennis or golf, get an edge on your competition. Try a summer learning program.
  • Camps/Clinics (Virginia Sports): Improve your skills in a variety of sports and make new friends at one of many camps and clinics for young athletes.
  • CavMan's Crew Kids' Club: Don't miss out on the fun! Become a U.Va. superfan and join today!
  • Kohl's Growing Up Healthy Program: UVA medical students teach kindergarten through 5th grade students about healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits to maintain a strong body and mind.
  • Summer Tennis: If you love tennis or just want to learn how to play, make this a summer to remember!
  • Swimming's Cool Program: Have fun in the water or get ready for swim-team season with our popular group program.
  • Tennis & Swimming Private Lessons: Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, take your game to the next level. Sign up for private lessons with our finest instructors.
  • Zumba at the Go Girls Support Group: A free support group at UVA for girls ages 7-18 who may not love team sports or school gym class but still need physical activity. The Go Girls Support Group meets for an hour every week but not to just talk about exercise and health. They spend most of their meetings doing Zumba, an aerobic workout that combines many styles of dance and other forms of movement, often with friends and family members who come to support them.

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