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June 29, 2011

Family Summer Adventures Start in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums

Summer adventures start for families in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums. Young guests can explore the Historic Trades, learn what it’s like to live on a farm, discover how their 18th-century counterparts lived on the eve of the American Revolution and participate in hands-on activities at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Guests can pick up a copy of the combination Fun Family Activities Itinerary and Kid’s Adventure Map at the Visitor Center.

“Hands-on History at the Powell House” gives children of all ages an opportunity to try out various chores, lessons, toys and games in this original 18th-century house. The nature of the activities changes to suit the time of day. Families can get their hands on history from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Aug. 21. A Colonial Williamsburg ticket provides access to this program. Children five and under are free.

During “The Apprentice!” kids, along with their families, visit three trade shops and decide what they want to be when they grow up. At the start of this guided tour, young guests receive a stitch book that will be filled with period descriptions of the trades provided by the shops they visit. Recommended for children between ages 8 and 14, the 90-minute program is at 9:30, 9:55 and 10:20 a.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 16 and Thursdays through Aug. 18. Tickets are $15 for adults and youth ages six-17 and $7.50 for children under six.

Young guests can experience life on the farm and learn about the free and enslaved people of rural Virginia before, during and after the American Revolution during “Let’s Go to the Farm” at Great Hopes Plantation. Children and accompanying adults get their hands on an array of activities related to farming, carpentry and the domestic life of small farmers and their enslaved workers in the 18th century. Recommended for children between ages 8 and 14. Families can participate in this program on Mondays through Aug. 15, Wednesdays through Aug. 17, Fridays through Aug. 19 and Saturdays through Aug. 20. Tickets are $15 for adults and youth ages six-17 and $7.50 for children under six.

Other special programs offered daily include:

  • The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum offer a variety of tours and special programs for children of many different ages. Family guides of many of the exhibits are available every day.
  • Children’s Orientation Walk, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., Gateway Building. Learn about 18th-century families. Recommended for ages six and up.
  • Colonial Garden, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Follow the seasons and lend a hand at the Colonial Garden. Weather permitting.
  • The Encampment! 12:30-4 p.m. Discover what chores, duties and diversions make up the soldiers’ day.
  • Family Activities Sampler, 2-4 p.m. Enjoy hands-on activities while we help you discover the best way to enjoy Colonial Williamsburg.
  • Games and Toys for all Girls and Boys, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Palace Green. Weather permitting.

    The 2011 Family Guide with recommended daily itineraries may be obtained in the Visitor Center or on the Internet at A Colonial Williamsburg ticket provides access to these programs. A separate ticket is needed where indicated.

    In 2000, the late William Kimball and his wife Gretchen made a major gift to create the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund. One of the largest gifts ever made for youth history education, the Kimball Young Patriots Fund supports Historic Area youth programming including the Fifes and Drums.

    Guests Can Bounce From 18th Century
    to 21st Century and Back with Ticket Offer

    The Williamsburg Bounce Ticket allows guests to explore Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, as well as Busch Gardens. As a bonus, Water Country USA is included in the ticket through Sept. 5. This popular ticket allows guests to pop back and forth between 18th-century and 21st-century fun. Visit as many times as you like for up to seven consecutive days.

    When purchased online, guests receive a 20 percent discount on tickets. With discount, tickets for adults are $102.80 and youth ages six-17 are $86. Children under six are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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