Headed back in time to COLONIAL
WILLIAMSBURG this summer? These kid-friendly experiences will add up to one
COSTUME RENTAL: Let kids get a visceral
sense of colonial times by stepping into someone else’s shoes, almost
literally. Girls sport simple white lawn dresses (dyes were expensive) while
boys get a haversack and imitation rifle.
APPRENTICE PROGRAM: Kids spend 90 minutes
learning trades like blacksmithing, printing and tailoring by doing them
alongside master craftspeople.
family workshop, then visit the galleries filled with objects like toys, games
and old-fashioned signs.
BRICKYARD: Get muddy feet and hands by
making bricks, which will be baked in October and then used for all building
done in Colonial Williamsburg.
BENJAMIN POWELL HOUSE: Experience what life was
like for an actual 18th century family. Do chores, play 18th century games and
tour the kitchens and farm in this preserved colonial home.
five-minute walk to the heart of the historic area, spacious rooms, four
gorgeous pools and reasonable rates (breakfast included!), this is our family’s
preferred value hotel.
For more info: colonialwilliamsburg.com.
A travel writer and local
mom, Sam Chapnick blogs about kid-friendly things to do in NYC and beyond at