Many of you know Colonial Williamsburg is a living museum but did you know we were also the first in our area to offer a home educator program? Last year, more than 8,000 children and family members took advantage of the fun, safe, interactive learning experience we offer. From joining our tradesmen as apprentices, to cracking spy codes, to making chocolate—we’re gearing up for another exciting week to welcome students!
Winter Homeschool Days will take place February 14 – 22. During that week, parents can take advantage of several hands-on history lessons for a discounted price. And when we say discounted, we mean a third to a fourth of the cost of regular admission. Special events are also available at lower rates. After meeting with Renée Clark who oversees the program, we came up with our own list of must-see events.
ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE AS APPRENTICE FOR A DAY
At the Joiner’s shop, young apprentices discover the art and mystery of this specialized woodworking trade. Discover how to plane, chop, mold and join wood to create the architectural finish work used to decorate the grand homes of 18th-century Virginia. Click here for discounted ticket prices and availability.
MEET AND LEARN ABOUT BREEDS FROM THE 18TH CENTURY
Interested in the animals and carriages you’ve seen in the Revolutionary City? Learn about some of our rare breeds during this one-hour walking tour. Discuss animal treatment and training, and get up close and personal with some of our animals. You may have a chance to try out a sidesaddle or inspect a horse’s hoof. Space is limited so sign up now.
UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF CHOCOLATE MAKING!
Talk about a sweet history lesson! Did you know Virginia colonists enjoyed chocolate as much as we do today? But they used unusual ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, and chili pepper to flavor their recipes. Find out more during this unique demonstration.
JOIN THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM!
Explore the exciting events leading up to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. This guided tour in our Art Museums is one the entire family will enjoy!
MARVEL AT THIS LARGER-THAN-LIFE DOLLHOUSE!
Children in the 19th and 20th centuries really did use their imaginations during playtime. Several dollhouses, including this one, are on display. Peek into the windows and travel back in time and be sure to pay extra attention to the details including miniature portraits, hand-carved clocks, and even a tiny music stand. Do a little homework ahead of time by checking out our recent blog post featuring this exhibit.
DRESS THE PART AND RENT A COSTUME!
To enhance your experience, we recommend truly immersing yourself in colonial life. You can rent a costume when you arrive or if you’re a seamstress, you can get a little motivation from our DIY post that includes simple patterns for a tri-corner hat, cap and apron.
Check out our website for a complete list of programs and events for Winter Homeschool Days and note the newly released dates for this year’s Fall Homeschool Days – September 12 – 27.
UPDATE: You can now register for Fall 2015 here!
Also, mark your calendars! We’re hitting the road and will be at the following conventions to answer your questions, provide additional information, and tell you more about our early enrollment incentives.