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

January 7:  We’ll be reading a Native American story and making pinch pots for this Native American focused Toddler Program.

January 14:  Learn about chickens with a read-along of Rosie’s Walk and an interactive story with story blocks.  Weather permitting, we’ll visit some of the chickens on site.

January 21:  We’ll focus on farm animals and read a book about Mother Nature.  Come dressed for finger-painting as you’ll be making Finger Paint Sheep.

January 28: Put on your dance shoes and show us your moves as you’ll be dancing up a storm!  Toddlers will also learn how to make a bell bracelet.

February 4: We’re off for a visit to the 1740s American Settlement (weather permitting) and making our own popsicle stick cabin.

February 11:  Celebrate Valentine’s Day with hand-made cards and learn how to make a pine cone bird feeder.

February 18: It’s President’s Day weekend!  We’ll read a story about one of the Founding Fathers, George Washington, and make a mask.

February 25:  Toddlers will learn about quilting and make their own quilt squares (out of construction paper, of course!).

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.