Did you know that today (June 21st) is National Summer Learning Day? This annual event promotes the importance of engaging your child in activities that will continue the learning process throughout summer vacation. There are so many different ways to grow your child’s brain during these hot months, from visiting the local library to family road trips. I can’t think of a better place to teach your child about history than Williamsburg, Virginia. Just look at all of the Williamsburg attractions for kids that are waiting to be discovered by your family:
1.Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
With over 350 exhibits of interactive illusions, displays and random facts there is something for every member of your family in this 9,000 square feet museum. Be sure to investigate the 10 foot section of the Berlin Wall and the two headed cow.
Cost: Adults $15.99, Children (5-12) $11.99
(Additional fees for 4D moving showings and Laser Race)
2. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
Teach your children about the marine life in the Chesapeake Bay as they marvel in the 50,000 gallon aquarium that holds the largest collection of bay fish in the world. They will also love the touch tanks of gentle stingrays, horseshoe crabs and other marine life. Everyone is guaranteed to fall in love with the sea otters and harbor seals. When your finished looking inside enjoy nature on a 10-minute walk through the salt marsh and woodland preserve area. Then climb the 30-foot observation tower and take a peek at Owls Creek.
Tip: Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance through their website to avoid long lines once you arrive.
Cost: Adults $21.00, Children (3-11) $15.00, Senior (62+) $20.00
(Additional costs for IMAX, Behind the Scenes with Sea Turtles)
Science lovers will enjoy the interactive displays while exploring the naval, economic and nautical power of the sea. Everyone will enjoy walking through the Battleship Wisconsin, which is the largest battleship built by the U.S. Navy. largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. The second floor of the Nauticus is home to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, which is operated by the United States Navy. The museum is home to a rich collection of authentic uniforms, weaponry, detailed ship models and artwork. For hands on learners the Nauticus has a touch tank of horseshoe crabs in a stimulated tide pool.
Cost: Adults $13.95, Children (4-12) $9.50
4. Colonial Williamsburg
Step back into the 18th century and visit the revolutionary city as it reenacts the days, months and years leading up to the Revolutionary War. Your family will learn how the locals—townspeople, tradespeople, shopkeepers, political figures, women, and slaves lived during these uncertain times. Be sure to check out the Visitors Center to watch a 35 minute film that puts the area and time period into context. Tours to check out include the Governor’s Palace and the Capitol. Experience the outdoor party, Revolutionary City, each day from 2:30-4:30 pm, which is a series of scenes acted out on the streets near the East End. In between scenes, your family can interact with different characters and ask them questions.
Tip: Before your trip have your child check out the interactive Kids Zone website, to learn all about the town and people of colonial Williamsburg.
Cost: Varied with multipe ticket plan options
5. Historic Jamestowne
Learn about the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America and the role of the three cultures, European, North American and African, that came together to lay the foundation for a uniquely American form of democratic government. Additionally visit the archaeology museum to see one of the ship’s captain’s remains.
Tip: Avoid the hassle of sitting in traffic and paying for parking by taking advantage of the free Historic Triangle Shuttle. The shuttle service runs to and from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center and the Jamestown areas.
Cost: Adults $10.00, Children 15 and under free
(Tickets are good for 7 consecutive days)
Before you hit the road for summer learning at the best williamsburg attractions for kids make sure your prepared for the trip. Now go and have some fun as a family! You can also check out our other ideas under “Get Away for a Day“.
About Mindi Stavish
Mindi is a working mom with two silly boys, Xander (age 3) and Noah (age 1). She spends her work days helping children with their speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about their silly antics at Simply Stavish where she also writes a weekly feature with lots of information about child language, speech and feeding development. In her less than free time, she feeds her yarn addiction and knits. Her phone is never far from her and you can find her filling her social media addictions on Twitter, Facebook , Instagram at simplystavish, and Pinterest.