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Family and youth activities

VHS has activities for the entire family! Children of all ages will be able to participate in programming that ranges from making history-related crafts in our hit program, Stories at the Museum, to learning about plants and nature during one of our summer camps at Virginia House.

Stories at the Museum at the Virginia Historical Society

The VHS offers special educator-led readings of history books for children and families of all ages. Every program includes a group reading of the selected book and a craft activity related to the story and lesson of the book. Each month will have a different theme.

Programs take place the first and third Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Stories at the Museum programs are FREE, open to the public, and require no advance registration. All ages are welcome.


Girl Scouts Programming

Girl scouts camp

Girl Scouts badge and journey programs at Virginia House

Girl Scouts now have the opportunity to earn badges and work on journeys at Virginia House. Using the unique site, the staff will help Girl Scouts fulfill various requirements during half-day, full day or overnight visits. Girl Scouts will explore the gardens, wildlife, and history of Virginia House while participating in the specially designed programs. Please contact Kathryn Lewis, Virginia House site manager, at 804.353.4251 or klewis@vahistorical.org for more information about Virginia House programming.

Summer camps

Diggin' in the Dirt summer camp at Virginia House

For children ages 6-8
This day camp introduces participants to a variety of educational and craft activities. During the week-long program, campers ages 7-9 learn about Virginia plants, weather, and gardening. Projects include creating butterfly gardens, growing herbs, learning cloud types, and weather charting. The week concludes with a party hosted by the camp participants for family and staff, during which craft projects are presented and certificates distributed. 

Junior Ambassador Passport Travels summer camp at Virginia House

For children ages 7–10
This day camp introduces children to a variety of international cultures and customs. During the week-long educational program, campers ages 7-10 will explore the culture, food, geography, and music from countries where Alexander Weddell (Virginia House owner and resident from 1928 to 1948) served as a diplomat. Each day focuses on a different country, giving children the opportunity to compare and contrast customs and traditions from each country. At the end of the week, campers will receive a passport certificate and share what they've learned with family and staff at a special party.

Junior Master Gardener summer camp at Virginia House

For children ages 9-11
The newest summer camp at Virginia House invites children to embark on an in-depth exploration of gardening in Virginia. Throughout the week, participants investigate the museum’s expansive gardens and grounds to learn first-hand about habitats, native plants, eco-friendly gardening, composting, and recycling. Campers will bring home a small garden of their own and ornaments crafted for outside use. At the end of the week, campers will share what they've learned with family and staff at a garden-themed party.

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