June 12, 2008
CW provides fun for kids of all ages and free tickets for the family staying four nights at official resort hotels
Youngsters of all ages have fun in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, museums and resort. Even the youngest guests can enjoy animals in the pastures, pigs and cattle at Great Hopes Plantation near the Visitor Center and observing the sights and sounds of Duke Of Gloucester Street from the comfort of a stroller. In the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, preschoolers enjoy the “Down on the Farm” exhibit created especially to introduce very young children to the joys of art – and they can create their own masterpiece to take home, too.
At the Powell, Wythe and Geddy Houses, elementary and middle school children can play colonial games – indoors and out – and learn how 18th-century children filled their days. Historic trades intriguing to this age group include the Brickyard, where kids are encouraged to take off their shoes and squish mud between their toes to create the clay for making bricks. Youngsters also enjoy the wheelwright, the cooper, the weaver and the blacksmith.
Children ages 5 to 12 can have a mini vacation within a vacation with Colonial Kids Club for children of guests staying in official hotels of the resort. A variety of supervised age-appropriate activities such as arts and crafts, finger painting, drawing, scavenger hunts, hopscotch, marbles and visits to kid-friendly sites in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area are offered daily during the summer months.
Young ladies ages 6 to 12 enjoy visiting the milliner and the wigmaker and taking their doll to tea at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern with mom, while boys might prefer to try their hands at joining the militia “In Defense of Our Liberty” at the Magazine. “Get Revved” introduces kids to people they will meet during the popular “Revolutionary City®” program that takes place on the streets of the Historic Area daily.
Elementary age children enjoy the “Bits and Bridles” walking tour, which introduces Colonial Williamsburg’s program of preserving rare breeds of animals, and they let their imagination wander as they dress in a Colonial costume available for rental at the Visitor Center and Market Square. Riding in a carriage, swimming in the hotel pools and playing golf with their parents on the nine-hole Spotswood course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club are activities most every child enjoys. And, nearly every day, kids of all ages follow along to the beat of the drums and the call of the fifes as the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg march in procession through the Historic Area.
Teens enjoy learning the fate that awaited those who dared to break the law during “Order in the Court” and evening programs such as African American Music at Great Hopes Plantation, “Legends, Myths and Mysteries,” tavern ghost walks and “Cry Witch,” where they participate in an 18th-century witch trial. Teens also like visiting the gunsmith and taking a teen audio tour of the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The hour-long tour was created by teens for teens and introduces 17 decorative arts and folk art pieces from the unique perspective of teens themselves.
As a bonus for the parents of the kids having fun and exclusively for guests of official Colonial Williamsburg on-site hotels this summer, families who stay a minimum of four consecutive nights receive complimentary admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and museums for the length of stay and 50 percent off tickets to Colonial Evening Programs. (This offer is valid through August 31, 2008; the admission ticket is good for up to seven consecutive nights for immediate family members staying in the room and is good for the time period concurrent with dates of reservation. Call 1 800 447-8679 for details.)
Guests can park their vehicles on arrival and board Colonial Williamsburg’s natural gas-powered air-conditioned buses for free transportation throughout America’s Historic Triangle – Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Colonial Williamsburg’s 20-bus fleet offers convenient transportation for ticketed guests every 20 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center to the Historic Area and the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, and provides regular service to Jamestown and Yorktown along the scenic Colonial Parkway.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a Resort Collection with more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the Williamsburg Lodge, as well as a new 20,000-square-foot spa, and the Golden Horseshoe golf courses. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.
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., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com or www.goldenhorsehoegolf.com.