How did kids play in the past? Toys like Jacks, Jacob’s Ladders, and YoYos have been found around the world for thousands of years. At the Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s Front Lawn Fun! kids get the chance to play with colonial-era replicas of these games, as well as take part in slinky races down the museum’s front steps, giant checkers on the lawn, and even try their luck in getting George Washington back home to Mount Vernon in a 19th century version of Chutes and Ladders.
The activity will take place on the front lawn by the Boulevard (weather permitting) or in the Gottwald Gateway (rain and heat plan). The event is FREE but does not include admission to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. If you do enter, you can benefit from learning about more than 16,000 years of history.
Front Lawn Fun! takes place Wednesday mornings this summer from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. This FREE, family-friendly program will feature outdoor games and toys from yesteryear. Weather permitting, you’ll find us on our front lawn along Arthur Ashe Boulevard stretching out legs AND our minds.
Mark your calendar for the monthly Stories at the Museum family friendly program featuring special educator-led readings of children’s history books and a craft activity. Stories at the Museum programs are open to all ages. Programs take place every month on select Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and includes a group reading of the selected history-themed picture book as well as a make-it-and-take-it craft activity related to the text.