February 23 – March 3, 2019

From February 23 through March 3, Historic Jamestowne will feature kids’ activities perfect for home educators. Embark on a scavenger hunt around James Fort and meet some of the people who called Virginia their home in the 17th century.  Best of all, these activities are included with any Historic Jamestowne admission ticket and children 15 and under are always free!

Daily Programs and Activities

9:00am–4:00pm: The Jamestown Adventure
Follow clues, puzzles, and activities around Historic Jamestowne to learn more about the archaeology and history of the island. If your adventure is successful, you will earn a reward! Location: Scavenger Hunt booklets can be picked up in the Visitor Center.

10:00am–4:00pm: Archaearium Artifact Adventures
Spend time in the archaeological museum, the Archaearium, where children and their families can participate in archaeological activities and example real artifacts found at the site. Try mending pottery or sorting through the smallest evidence excavated from the archaeological digs. Lend a hand and help the Jamestown Rediscovery team discover clues to fort life in the 17th century. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Special Programs and Activities

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 12:30pm–1:30pm: Ecology at Jamestown: a Nature Tour
Join environmental scientist Kevin McCurley on a nature tour of Historic Jamestowne. He will teach guests how to identify local flora and fauna as well as how the English settlers and Powhatan Indians used these resources hundreds of years ago. Location: Tour begins behind the Visitor Center

Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:00am–3:00pm: Kids Dig Historic Jamestowne
This “field work” for children will be focused around a simulated archaeology dig. Here, kids will learn how archaeologists are able to identify archaeological features, artifacts, and stratigraphy, while participating in excavating and screening of artifacts. Location: The Dig Box, near the Ed Shed (weather permitting)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1:00pm–2:00pm: Family-Friendly Gallery Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead a tour through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the discoveries of significant artifacts and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 11:00am–3:00pm: Kids Dig Historic Jamestowne
This “field work” for children will be focused around a simulated archaeology dig. Here, kids will learn how archaeologists are able to identify archaeological features, artifacts, and stratigraphy, while participating in excavating and screening of artifacts. Location: The Dig Box, near the Ed Shed (weather permitting)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 1:00pm–4:00pm: Conversation with a Colonist: Meet Anas Todkill
Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the bay with Captain John Smith. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 1:00pm–2:00pm: Family-Friendly Gallery Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead tour through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the discoveries of significant artifacts and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 1:00pm–4:00pm: Conversation with a Colonist: Meet Anas Todkill
Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the bay with Captain John Smith. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Friday, March 1, 2019, 10:00am–3:00pm: Archaearium Alive!
Explore the awarding winning archaeology museum, the Archaearium, for an interactive experience with people from the past! Meet a blacksmith, cooper, Nanticoke Indian, and English settler who will share stories of early Virginia’s trades, culture, and history. Learn how artifacts on display would have been used 400 years ago. Location: Voorhees Archaearium