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April 15, 2005

Kids get a free "Pass to the Past" this summer with a stay in any CW hotel

This summer, young Colonial Williamsburg guests will receive free Historic Area and museum admission in a special “Kids Free” promotion offered through the five official Colonial Williamsburg Hotels: the Williamsburg Inn, Colonial Houses, Williamsburg Lodge, Woodlands Hotel & Suites; and the Governor’s Inn.

The “Kids Free” promotion makes it easier than ever to get your children hooked on history. Between May 20 and Sept. 30, 2005, children ages 6-17 staying in the same or adjacent rooms of immediate family members can receive free youth Colonial Williamsburg Hotel Guest Passes good for the length of their stay, providing them with unlimited access to all of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area buildings, museums and daytime programs.

Accompanying adults must purchase length-of-stay Colonial Williamsburg Hotel Guest Passes for the discounted rate of $29 per adult. The free youth admission offer applies, as well, to the Colonial Williamsburg portion of multiple attraction tickets -- such as the Family Fun 3-for-1 ticket, the Williamsburg Flex ticket or the Historic Triangle Pass -- with the same hotel residency and adult purchase requirements.

Colonial Williamsburg’s fun, hands-on 2005 activities range from marching with the Fifes and Drums down Duke of Gloucester Street, performing 18th-century militia drills at the Powder Magazine and learning carpentry work at Great Hopes Plantation to brick making, serving as a juror in an 18th-century court, drawing water from a well, gardening, sewing, cooking, dancing and more. Stroll by one of the Historic Area’s many scenic pastures to meet this year’s delivery of new baby lambs, cattle and horses or learn from a master blacksmith how nails and tools were made in colonial times.

Guests of all ages can immerse themselves in real stories about real people who lived in 18th-century Williamsburg. With the “Kids Free” package, children can meet their colonial counterparts by talking with costumed junior interpreters or listening to the revolutionary words (treasonous or inspirational, depending on your perspective) of historical “celebrities” like Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry.

Young guests wishing to immerse themselves even more fully in the 18th-century experience may want to don their own colonial “sportswear,” the most fashionable, functional and, of course, authentic outfits of the day. Through Colonial Williamsburg’s costume rental program, boys may attire themselves in a white shirt, haversack and imitation rifle, while girls can be outfitted in an elegant white lawn dress and colored sash.

Summer travelers wishing to cool down will find a rich palette of family programs in Colonial Williamsburg’s museums (they have air conditioning!), which include exciting new activities such as Map Quest for Kids! and The Principles of Freedom, as well as some old favorites like Stitch Detective, Wee Folk and Abby’s Art. At night in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, the action continues with a smorgasbord of choices, from the riveting courtroom trial of accused witch Grace Sherwood in Cry Witch!, and the dramatic, candlelit Legends: Ghosts, Mysteries and Myths tour, to the amusing Grand Medley of Entertainments variety show, evening family entertainment at Chownings Tavern and lots more.

Media Contact:
Sophia Hart
(757) 220-7272