Discover your family heritage!
It is hard for kids to relate to history. Being interested in something that happened 100 years ago is hard. The popular musical “Hamilton” is changing that picture. Here at the Virginia Kids Trail we want kids to realize they will be creating the history future generations will read about. Each family has its own family heritage and often is a blend of cultures. Ridge, our mascot for the past, can help your family have fun exploring your family heritage and culture with unique experiences here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“A retro movie experience”
Step back to the 60’s and enjoy a fun family tailgating experience a The Family Drive-In. Look at the history of drive in theaters – a truly American experience.
A visit to experience the Ghosts here in the Shenandoah Valley
Begin a discussion with your children about “ghosts.” Talk about history and wars. One of the best places to experience the reality of life is to a visit to Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, VA. Mt. Hebron is also a great geo-caching location. Learn about the generosity of Judge John Handley and then drive by Handley High School. Stop in at Handley Library to pick up one of the must reads for the summer books.
Take a hike and experience history
Plan a summer around our Presidents who grew up in Virginia. Visit Monticello the home of Thomas Jefferson. Then take another weekend and go find Jefferson’s Rock at Harper Ferry National Park. In-between, book a room at The George Washington Hotel and have breakfast at George’s Food and Spirits. Ask to speak to Chef John and Chef Chris.
400 Years of History – American Evolution
Celebrating history- Explore 400 trail experiences throughout Virginia. Check out the app – Virginia History – American Evolution. Guess what – the Kids Trail is on it too!
Other ideas and activities to explore with kids: