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

July 1: Join us at the 1850s American Farm to play historic games.

July 8: Learn about fruits and vegetables at the West African Farm and try some of the gardening tools.

July 15: We’re off to the Irish Farm to learn about how flax becomes linen.

July 22: Watering the German Farm garden is hard work.  Toddlers will help take water from the well to the garden and learn about the what’s growing at the German Farm.

July 29: Have you ever wondered how cheese is made?  Come visit the English Farm and help us make some cheese.

August 5: The harvest is in!  Come visit the 1850s Barn and learn about threshing grain.

August 12: Come to the 1820s American Farm and learn how to make a corn husk doll.

August 19: Learn about frontier life and what children did to help their families at the 1740s American Farm.

August 26: Help us grind, mix, and cook corncakes on the American Indian site.

September 2: Come get muddy with us!  We’ll need your help to stomp some mud (with your bare feet) to help patch the West African Farm houses.  (Parents – kids will get messy!  We suggest you bring a change of clothes) This program is weather permitting.

September 9: Come help us harvest and grind oats at the Irish Farm.

September 16: It’s back to school!  Join us for a lesson at the schoolhouse.

September 23:  Come decorate a wooden boat and try floating it at the creek near the Irish Farm.

September 30: The corn and pumpkins are ready to harvest!  Help us at the American Indian Exhibit to bring it all in.

October 7: It’s Oktoberfest at the Museum!  Come play traditional German games at the German Farm.

October 14: Help our settlers reconstruct a mini log cabin on the 1740s American Farm.

October 21: We’re off to the Visitor Center to visit the Museum on Main Street Waterways Exhibit.

October 28: Come enjoy a little trick-or-treating around the Museum’s exhibits.  Oh, and don’t forget to wear your costumes!