Toddler & Preschooler Program

Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Museum on Saturdays to participate in activities and traditions associated with different cultural heritages.

Activities will vary each week. Please check the calendar for specific program details.  Many activities will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly.

Museum admission is included, so feel free to enjoy the Museum’s exhibits after the program concludes.

Advance Registration is Required: Space is limited. Please call our Welcome Center at 540-332-7850 to secure your child’s space in each Saturday program.  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 – 45 minutes of structured activity. Weather permitting, we will utilize the Museum’s exhibits.
Location:  Meet and sign in at the Museum’s Welcome Center.
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“.

2018 Schedule

  • January 6: Drumming & Dancing (West African Farm). Drumming and dancing was a way to celebrate in many West African villages. Different dance moves represented various aspects of daily life.  Toddlers will perform a variety of dance moves, following instruction from an interpreter. Toddlers will explore playing new instruments including different types of drums.
  • January 13: Making Egg Noodles (German Farm). Eggs are a good source of protein. Long ago, people used eggs to make noodles as a way to get protein in their diet. Making noodles and then drying them was also a good way to keep food from going bad.  Toddlers will make egg noodles with direction from interpreters. They will explore different food groups, and work with each other, sharing materials to create a final product.
  • January 20: Clothing & Fashion (1820’s American Farm). Clothing is a basic need. Oftentimes, families would choose to make their clothing instead of buying it. Clothing looks different today but still serves the same purpose. Toddlers will explore fashion from the 1700’s and 1800’s. They will learn differences between Old World and American fashion, and will role play making decisions regarding making clothes versus buying clothes.
  • January 27: Games in Daily Life (Native American Site). Games helped children to learn teamwork and skills that they would need as adults. Hand-eye coordination was important for hunters and warriors to be successful. Toddlers will learn how to play various Native American games.
  • February 3 – Making Cheese Fritters (English Farm). Do you ever wonder what people ate during the 1630’s? The dairy industry was an important part of daily life for English women. Making cheese fritters was a way to cook with cheese.
  • February 10 – Storytelling (Irish Farm). Storytelling was a way to pass down information from one generation to the next, but also a way to entertain children. Visit our Irish farm to listen to some stories that would have been told to people of various ages.
  • February 17 – Preparing he Gardens for Spring Planting (1740’s Settlement). Planting season is right around the corner. We need all the help we can get to prepare the gardens for spring planting. Toddlers will help prepare garden beds and learn about the different plants growing on the frontier.
  • February 24 – Decorating with Adinkra (West African Farm). Adinkra is a West African art form that uses symbols to represent items from daily life. It was traditionally made when someone was leaving the village. Toddlers will create their own Adinkra pattern using paint and construction paper.