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June 10, 2010

CW new summer programs offer town-sized fun for families!

“A Kid’s Summer Program” offers a variety of fun programs for the budding revolutionary. Young guests to Colonial Williamsburg can be part of the story by learning how families lived on the eve of the American Revolution in a town-sized living history museum. Special programs running June 21-Aug. 22 explore Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Programs are offered in designated parts of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Downtown—Near the Capitol includes the premier family site, the Benjamin Powell House, the Gaol (Jail) and the popular Revolutionary City® program. The second area is Uptown—Near the Palace, Courthouse and Magazine, and features interactive programs at the Geddy House, the Wythe House and the Magazine. Housed under one roof, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum offer a variety of tours and special programs for children of many different ages. Family guides to many of the exhibits along with the “Teen Takes” audio tour written by teens for teens are available every day.

A schedule of events may be obtained in the Visitor Center. A Colonial Williamsburg ticket provides access to these programs. A separate ticket is needed where indicated.

New programs in 2010 can be found at the Benjamin Powell House and the Geddy House. The Powell House is an original house where kids and families get their hands on history. Mother Goose’s Riddles and Rhymes Tour explores the Powell family’s property with Mother Goose in mind. Children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Reservations are required and can be made at any ticket sales location or by calling 1-800-HISTORY. Recommended for children between three and seven years of age. During Read Me A Story! a costumed interpreter reads a popular Colonial Williamsburg storybook. Recommended for children ages three to seven. Weather permitting.

On Mondays and Tuesdays at the Geddy House, Eighteenth-century Native American Stories and Games of Chance and Competition feature Native American games and stories. Many Indian tribes visited Williamsburg during its colonial history, and children of the city would have seen these visiting Indians playing games and telling stories during their stay in the colonial capitol. Programs begin on Palace Green and end in the Geddy House Orchard.

If rain dampens the Indian games and stories, guests can discover how Aesop’s Fables were great favorites with children during the 18th century. See two of those fables come alive with stick-puppet characters in the Geddy House dining room during Aesop’s Fables Stick-Puppet Plays for the Young and Curious.

During The Apprentice! Tour, youngsters visit three trade shops and decide what they want to be when they grow up. At the start of the tour, participants receive a stitch book to fill with period descriptions of the trades visited. At each trade shop families visit, children receive a memento to include in the book. At the end of the experience, “sew” the stitch book and complete an actual reproduction apprenticeship contract.

Let’s Go to the Farm takes young guests and their families where most of the free and enslaved population lived in Virginia before, during and after the American Revolution. At Great Hopes Plantation, children may help work the crops, draw and carry the water, help with building, see some livestock and learn about the life of 18th-century small farmers and their enslaved workers. Young guests receive a bag with descriptions of the life skills they experience, along with a marbled paper cover to bring them all together.

Tickets for both The Apprentice! Tour and Let’s Go to the Farm are $15 for adults and children age six and over and $7.50 for children under six, in addition to any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family-size Savings

Colonial Williamsburg’s guests can enjoy “A Kid’s Summer Program” and family-size savings all summer long with the purchase of One Day Plus tickets. These admission tickets offer full access to all general admission sites, including the Governor’s Palace. Save 10 percent off the purchase of four One Day Plus admission passes. Save 15 percent off the admission of six or more One Day Plus admission passes. Children under six are free. Passes may be upgraded to the Annual Pass.

With the purchase of One Day Plus admission passes during June, guests receive 15 percent off of evening programs. Some exceptions may apply.

Save Online For a Limited Time!

Guests can save when they purchase select admission passes online through Aug. 31. Save 15 percent on a One Day Plus Pass that offers full access to all general admission sites, including the Governor’s Palace. For a limited time, enjoy a second consecutive day – FREE! Adult tickets are $39.10 online and youth tickets (ages six through 17) are $19.55 online. Children under six are free.

Save 20 percent with the purchase of Bounce Passes that allow guests to visit Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA as many times as they choose for up to seven consecutive days. Adult tickets are $98.80 online and youth ages six to 17 are $82 online. Children under six are free.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 1-800-HISTORY.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural institution 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 Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the 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

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