History is fun when it is brought to life for kids. Reading about history can seem too far away and not relatable for children. But a visit to Jamestown Settlement and the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown makes learning interactive and entertaining. These two museums in Virginia encourage all ages to discover America's history through exploration and play. Join the History Is Fun #KidsNTrips Twitter Party this Thursday, March 16 for edutainment travel tips and a chance to win all sorts of fun prizes, including one of two $100 Visa gift cards!
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History Is Fun at Jamestown Settlement
Jamestown was America's first permanent English colony. Today, families can visit Jamestown Settlement to learn the story of 17th-century Virginia. Jamestown comes to life through film, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history. Children will enjoy climbing aboard re-creations of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, depositing the colonists at Jamestown. Costumed historical interpreters demonstrate daily life in early 17th century Jamestown so visitors feel as though they've stepped back in time.
Families can also explore life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort and a Native American Powhatan village. Kids who have seen Disney's Pocahontas movie will love a temporary exhibit dedicated to this Native American legend. Here they can get a taste of Pocahontas’s life as a little girl in a Powhatan Indian village. They can also try their hand at weaving on a frame and decorating clay pots on a chalkboard wall. (The Pocahontas Imagined Special Exhibition runs July 15 through January 28, 2018.)
Learn more about things to do at Jamestown Settlement on TripAdvisor.
History Is Fun at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Thirteen days of festivities kick off the Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown on March 23, 2017. No matter when you visit, this museum teaches the story of the nation’s founding, from the colonial period to the drafting of the Constitution in 1776 and beyond. The museum features immersive environments with period artifacts and interactive exhibits. “The Siege of Yorktown,” a film with a 180-degree surround screen and dramatic special effects, may be too scary for little ones but bigger kids just may become so enthralled that they forget they're learning.
The outdoor living history area includes artillery demonstrations (for kids who love everything that goes boom), a recreated Continental Army camp and more. I know my kids would love the Revolution-era farm best, though. Children and adults can help weed or water the plants, comb cotton or “break” flax into fiber, and even assist in creating 18th-century dishes.
Read reviews of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown on TripAdvisor.
History Is Fun #KidsNTrips Twitter Party
Are you ready for the History Is Fun #KidsNTrips Twitter Party? No RSVP is necessary and the prize winner will be announced after the party when we’ve confirmed participant eligibility.
When: Thursday, March 16 at 9:30am PT/12:30pm ET
Where: On Twitter using hashtag #KidsNTrips
Prizes: Win one of two Visa $100 gift cards, a four-pack of museum tickets or some awesome swag
Looking forward to chatting with you Thursday on Twitter!
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