Children’s Activities at the Virginia Beach SPCA

The VBSPCA Humane Education Program is gearing up for the Spring and Summer seasons, and we have lots of activities in store for kids of all ages. We have one day workshops, half day workshops, and week long camps, and we’ve even added our popular Vet for a Day workshops to our summer schedule! All of our humane education programs have been designed to cultivate kindness and empathy in children while also providing fun, enrichment, and education.

Descriptions and registration info for each event can be found at the bottom of the page.  

May 5 | Cinco De Meow – A painting workshop
May 22 | Tails and Tales – Stories, teatime, and critter cuddles

June 17th -June 21st | Animal Adventure Camp (ages 6-9)
June 24th – June 28th | Animal Adventure Camp (ages 9-12)

July 8th – July 12th | Animal Adventure Camp (ages 6-9)
July 15th – July 19th | Animal Adventure Camp (ages 9-12)
July 22nd – July 26th | Animal Adventure Camp (ages 9-12)
July 29th | Intro Vet for a Day Workshop
July 30th | Advanced Vet for a Day Workshop
July 31 | Kitten Around Workshop

August 1st | Junior Trainer Workshop
August 5th – August 9th | Animal Adventure Camp (ages 6-9)
August 12th – August 16th | Animal Adventure Camp (ages 9-12)
August 21st |  Kitten Around Workshop
August 22nd | Junior Trainer Workshop
August 20th | Advanced Vet for a Day Workshop
August 26th – August 30th | Animal Adventure Camp (ages 9-12)


Cinco de Meow – A Children’s Painting Workshop
Celebrate on Cinco de Meow with an animal-themed paint class for kids! This class will be led by Heather Donis Designs, and each child will take home their very own 11 x 14 canvas. This workshop will include a tour of the shelter, critter time, and snacks. Registration: $35

Tales and Tails
Join the VBSPCA for tea time, story time, and cuddling some adorable VBSPCA animals. This is a “mom and me” style event, inviting parents (dads are welcome!) and children ages 3 and under to enjoy some quality time together while also benefiting the animals of the VBSPCA. This event will include an animal story, an animal-themed craft, cuddle time, and light Refreshments. Registration: $10

Kitten-Around Workshop
This one-day workshop is purr-fect for kids who love kittens and who want to learn all about kittens (and cats) and their care! This workshop also includes kitten-related activities and crafts. Kitten-Around workshop requires a minimum of five campers registered, three weeks in advance, to avoid cancellation. All Kitten Around workshops are at the Virginia Beach SPCA Main Shelter from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Registration: $85

Vet for a Day Workshop:
Vet for a Day is an educational program that exposes your child to a potential career in veterinary medicine. With both introductory and advanced workshop options, children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in a fun exploration into the veterinary world. Workshops include a tour of the facility, an introduction to animal sheltering, and hands-on time with our veterinary staff. There is a limit of 12 students per workshop – Spots fill quickly! All Vet for a Day workshops take place at the the main VBSPCA Shelter. Registration: $85

Junior Trainer Workshop:
This one-day workshop provides an interactive dog-training experience for children ages 6-12. In collaboration with the VBSPCA Pet Academy, junior trainers will get a head start on learning how to humanely train a dog. Whether you have a dog at home or your child is just a dog lover, this workshop reinforces compassion, empathy, and kindness. This workshop also includes dog-themed crafts and activities. All Junior Trainer workshops are at the Virginia Beach SPCA Main Shelter from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Registration: $85

Week Long Animal Adventure Camps
These camps offer a behind-the-scenes look at an animal shelter, guest speakers, animal inspired arts and crafts, field trips, critter time, and more. Camps are broken up into two different age groups: 6-9, and 9-12. Nine-year-olds have the option to participate in the age group they feel most comfortable with. Animal Adventure Camps begin the week of June 17th and run Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM at the VBSPCA Shelter. Registration: $275

To register for Camps, Visit vbspca.com/camps
To register for Workshops, Visit vbspca.com/worshops