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History Is Fun for Kids at Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

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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!

Learning American history is fun for kids at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yoorktown in Virginia.

Jamestown Settlement 1607 ships at pier (Photo courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

This story and the History Is Fun #KidsNTrips Twitter Party are brought to you in partnership with Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. This post includes affiliate links.

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.

Jamestown Powhatan Indian Village ~ American history is fun for Kids at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in Virginia

Jamestown Powhatan Indian Village (Photo courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

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 for kids at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (Photo courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

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.

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown farm cooking ~ History is fun

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown farm cooking (Photo courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

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.

Watering the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown farm garden ~ History is fun for kids

Watering the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown farm garden (Photo courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

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.

Hosts: @TravelMamas@lajollamom and @jenleo

Sponsor: @historyisfunorg

Special Guests: @wanderingeds and @motherofalltrip

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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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. Going on trips great way to help kids learn more instead of just reading boring text-books. Who knew museums can be so much fun? Even the parents are fascinated!

  2. Wow! What an amazing idea! I love it! It’s looks like a lot of fun!
    I still remember when i was a child, history just like letters on paper and i couldn’t understand.

  3. That is so great! I’m a huge fan of visiting historical sites and interactive historical areas like this.

  4. There is something magical about visiting places like this. We have a few historical sites complete with interactive exhibits and information around our area, and we go there often. It’s like stepping back in time.

  5. I love to learn about history but when they have interactive activities with people who are playing the part, it’s makes it so much more memorable! I would love to visit here!

  6. robin Rue says:

    My 3rd grader is learning about the American Revolution in school so this is perfect. What a great museum.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Robin – It’s so great when the lessons learned in school can be reinforced with real-life experiences!

  7. This is an awesome way to make learning fun! Looks like a great day for kids and parents.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Agreed, Tracey. This makes a great option for summer travel so kids can keep learning even when school’s out!

  8. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    My kids always loved visiting places like this that made history come alive. You learn so much more than from a book.

  9. I would love to take my kids to visit this place. I looked for them when we went on vacation.

  10. I loved taking my kids to historical places when they were young. It was a memorable and awesome learning experience for them. Now it is the grandchildren’s turn. We have to carefully plan where to go and see what kid-friendly activities are being offered in those places.

  11. DogVills says:

    I’m pretty sure that my kids will love to go in a historical place. I’m glad you shared this.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      They’d have so much fun, I bet they wouldn’t even realize they’re learning about history! 🙂

  12. This would be so fun for kids!! Such a great way to teach them history!

  13. Wow.. It is really a good place to explore exciting stuffs with kids. Thanks for the details.

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