No matter how old your kids and grandkids are, adventure is waiting around every corner! Learn what is was like to dress as a colonial soldier, sign your name with a quill pen, and harvest crops on an 18th-century farm when you visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Earn a certificate of merit and patch when you become a Yorktown Junior Ranger with our National Park Service. Build a boat, dig for artifacts, and explore nature with our special camps and programs at Watermen’s Museum! The possibilities for fun are endless.
Dress Up in Colonial Costumes
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 American Revolution Museum of Yorktown website.
Join the Ranks of the Continental Army
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 1780s 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 American Revolution Museum at Yorktown website.
Earn the Title of Junior Ranger
These include Junior Ranger (ages 6 through 12) and Young Soldiers. For more information on these and other programs, visit the Yorktown Battlefield website or call 757-898-3400.
Learn Maritime Traditions
Known as "watermen," they hand down skills learned by observing water, climate, and wildlife while working on boats; younger generations learn maritime traditions from their elders. The Watermen’s Museum offers school field trips, scavenger hunts, geocaching activities, and much more. Children will enjoy spring and summer week long educational programs to include boat building, archeology and nature exploring programs and Pirate educational programs. Teachers and homeschoolers can contact the Education Department for a program tailored to children’s needs. Visit the Watermen’s Museum website or call 757-887-2641.
Become a Pirate for a Day
Come aboard our Yorktown Pirate Cruise, and see what it was like to set sail as they did in the day of block and tackle and traditionally rigged sailing vessels.
You will learn sailors lore and get a feel for what it was like to sail aboard a schooner in the Age of Sail!
On this trip:
- The crew will be in pirate costumes
- Young Pirates will help with raising the sails
- Kids will steer the ship
- We will be firing the cannon
- Children will get themed tattoos