Things to Do for Kids in Yorktown, Virginia

Wear what they wore in Revolutionary times:
Children can try on reproduction clothing – 1780s style. Boys and girls can try on a variety of garments, including a soldier’s regimental coat and tricorn hat, shirts, breeches, waistcoats, shifts, petticoats, short gowns and aprons. Call 888-593-4682 toll-free or visit the Yorktown Victory Center website.
The Yorktown Battlefield offers several special programs for younger visitors: These include Junior Ranger (ages 6-12) and Young Soldiers.  For more information on these and other programs, visit the Yorktown Battlefield website or call 757-898-3400.

Learn about the rugged men and women who make their living on the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers:  Known as “watermen”, they hand down skills learned by observing water, climate, and wildlife while working on boats; younger generations learn unchanging maritime traditions from their elders. The Watermen’s Museum offers scavenger hunts, geocaching activities, a Pirate Camp, and more.  Teachers and Home-schoolers can contact the Education Department for a program tailored to children’s needs. Visit the Watermen’s Museum website or call 757-887-2641.
Experience an 18th Century Farm and Continental Army Encampment:
Families can explore a soldiers’ living quarters, visit the camp surgeon’s tent, see how soldiers prepared meals, and join an artillery crew. Practice breaking flax or lend a hand pulling weeds, watering plants, and harvesting crops in the garden of a 1780’s farm. Indoor gallery exhibits also feature display panels at a child’s eye level that ask thought-provoking questions about life – then and now. Call 888-593-4682 toll-free or visit the Yorktown Victory Center website.

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