Toddler & Preschooler Frontier Time

Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Museum on Saturdays for story time, hands-on activities, crafts, and more. Activities will vary each week. Please check the calendar for specific program details.  Museum admission is included, so feel free to enjoy the Museum’s exhibits after the program concludes.

Advance Registration is Required. Please call our Welcome Center at 540-332-7850 to secure your child’s space in each Saturday program.  You may register for multiple future sessions, and registration is FREE for Annual Pass Holders.

Date:  Saturday Mornings
Session Times:  10:00 am & 11:00 am
Ages:  2-5 Years Old (a parent must accompany each child)
Program Structure:  30 minutes of structured activity followed by 30 minutes of free time or exhibit visits
Location:  Dairy Barn Education Room
Cost:  $5 per child (no charge for parent); FREE to annual pass holders

If you plan to come often, we recommend purchasing a “Family Annual Pass“.

Weekly Themes

Weekly Themes

March 4:  Let’s learn about the weather and the Itsy Bitsy Spider!  Toddlers will put together an Itsy Bitsy Spider board and use a sensory bin to learn about clouds and rain.

March 11: St. Patrick’s Day!  Parents and toddlers will visit the Irish Farm and look for Leprechaun gold.  Toddlers will make marshmallow shamrock stamps and read Fiona’s Luck.

March 18: Let’s go fly a kite!  Toddlers will make their old paper bag kite and visit the Schoolhouse to fly a historic kite.  Parents and toddlers are welcome to bring their own kites to fly after the program.

March 25:  Bee a bug explorer on our English Farm and learn how native bees help our flowers grow.  Toddlers will make a bee finger puppet and look at a bee box and herb garden.

April 1:  A chick is born!  Toddlers will learn about the life cycle of a chicken – from egg, to chick, to chicken.

April 8: Spring is here!  Toddlers will learn how our gardens grow and take home their own seed-man head planter.