Educational Events

Learn While Having Fun

Getting an education doesn't have to mean sitting in a classroom. In Greater Williamsburg, get your fill of knowledge from a variety of events and classes; sit in on jewelry making classes, or walk through a demonstration from colonial times. Get up close and personal with the wild animals of Williamsburg, or do it the old fashioned way with a sit in lecture on the history of wars in the US. There's a class for everyone here in Williamsburg. 

E.g., 08/18/2017
E.g., 08/18/2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Every Friday. Repeats Weekly.
August 4 - 25, 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am

On a guided tour be inspired by innovative and imaginative folk art, then create your own work of art to take home. How were the folk artists inspired, and how will that inspire you?(1 hour) 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Friday, August 18, 2017 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Friday, ends on Aug 25, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 4 - 20, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm

This kid-focused program will show how the bricks and mortar are made at the Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard and are then turned into the amazing buildings all over the city. Participants will be able to work with period-correct tools and learn basic masonry skills.

Friday, August 18, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
The Mariners' Museum and Park
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
August 5 - 19, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Founded in 1967, The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society provides a venue to exchange views and improve modeling skills for members interested in maritime history and the art of building quality ship models. In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society, The Mariners’ Museum and Park will open an exhibition presenting a selection of ship models created by talented members. If interested in learning more about the Society, visit HRSMS.org.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, ends on Aug 19, 2017
Lumber House Ticket Office
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
June 17 - 30, 2017, 9:30am - 11am
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 3 - 19, 2017, 9:30am - 11am
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 3 - 19, 2017, 9:55am - 11:25am
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 3 - 19, 2017, 10:20am - 11:50am

What do you want to be when you grow up? Visit three trade shops and discover your calling at Colonial Williamsburg. Explore the historic trades with hands-on activities. This program is recommended for children aged 8 to 14. Children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:00am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
York River State Park
Every Third Saturday. Repeats Monthly.
July 15 - August 19, 2017, 10am - 12pm

Take the total adventure from the upland woods to the fringe marsh along the river. As one guide takes guests along Beaver and Mattaponi Trails, another leads a group out of Taskinas Creek into the York. We will meet at the former location of a colonial boat landing and switch groups. Participants must make reservations and pre-pay before the date of the program. Cost: Canoes $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+)

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 month(s), on the third Saturday of the month, ends on Aug 19, 2017
The Mariners' Museum and Park
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
August 12 - September 30, 2017, 10am - 12pm

During this seven-week course, we'll teach the fundamentals of building a wooden boat model. Guests will receive a high quality boat model kit and all the tools necessary to build their first ship model! Classes will take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates: August 12, 19, and 26 and September 9, 16, 23, and 30. There will be no class on September 2 due to Labor Day weekend. Please plan to attend all 7 weeks if possible! Ages 12 and up.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Sep 30, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
August 12 - 26, 2017, 10:30am - 11:15am

Explore the exciting events leading to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution! How did our Founding Fathers create the Declaration?  Did Thomas Jefferson really do it all? A guided tour for ages 10 and up. (45 minutes) 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Aug 26, 2017
York River State Park
Every Third Saturday. Repeats Monthly.
May 20 - August 19, 2017, 1pm - 3pm

A new way to find treasure.  Geocaching makes use of the Global Positioning System to help you find caches of park information and small gifts.  We will supply you with a GPS unit and the ranger will help you hike off of the beaten path for a unique discovery.  Please call for reservations.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Repeats every 1 month(s), on the third Saturday of the month, ends on Aug 19, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 4 - 20, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm

This kid-focused program will show how the bricks and mortar are made at the Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard and are then turned into the amazing buildings all over the city. Participants will be able to work with period-correct tools and learn basic masonry skills.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
York River State Park
May 7, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 21 - June 11, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 25 - July 23, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 6 - 27, 2017, 1pm - 3pm

Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers.  Our rangers will lead you in discovering the variety of aquatic life in the York River with seine and dip nets.   This program will NOT be held on May 18th & June 19th (Mother's & Father's Days).

Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, ends on Jun 11, 2017
Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 16 - 30, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm
Every Tuesday - Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 4 - 20, 2017, 2:30pm - 4pm

This kid-focused program will show how the bricks and mortar are made at the Colonial Williamsburg Brickyard and are then turned into the amazing buildings all over the city. Participants will be able to work with period-correct tools and learn basic masonry skills.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, ends on Jun 30, 2017
York River State Park
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 7, 2017, 4pm - 5pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
May 21 - June 11, 2017, 4pm - 5pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
June 25 - July 23, 2017, 4pm - 5pm
Every Sunday. Repeats Weekly.
August 6 - 27, 2017, 4pm - 5pm

Which came first, the gray fox or the red? Does a crab keep its shell forever? Can box turtles swim? For the answer to these and other questions about the natural world, dabble in discovery with our on site naturalist! NOTE: This program is cancelled on May 8th and June 19th.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Sunday, ends on May 07, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Virginia Living Museum
August 21, 2017, 1:30pm - 4pm

View this rare celestial event at the VLM! We will offer telescope views of the Sun throughout the eclipse and provide eclipse glasses to our visitors for direct viewing. In inclement weather, we will attempt to display a live webcast of the total solar eclipse in the Abbitt Planetarium for all to enjoy.

Monday, August 21, 2017 -
1:30pm to 4:00pm
Hennage Auditorium
Every Monday. Repeats Weekly.
August 7 - 28, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:15pm

Learn about magical beasts in art on this guided tour, then illustrate a book to take home with your fantastic discoveries.   What sort of creatures were depicted during colonial times?

 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Monday, August 21, 2017 -
3:30pm to 4:15pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, ends on Aug 28, 2017
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
July 12, 2017, 11am - 1:30pm
Every Wednesday. Repeats Weekly.
August 2 - 30, 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am

Take a guided tour of dog-related art and explore the lives of dogs as pets and workplace helpers in the 18th century. Learn about our folk art dog, Prince; artist William Hogarth's canine companion; and other dogs in art. 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Wednesday, ends on Aug 30, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
July 5, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
August 23, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Williamsburg is known for its 18th-century history, but what happened here during the Civil War? Join historian and author Carson Hudson for an illustrated lecture on a different aspect of Williamsburg's history. Learn about the Battle of Williamsburg, which took place on May 5, 1862. Book signing to follow. 

Program included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
Every Thursday. Repeats Weekly.
August 3 - 31, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:15pm

Join a curator to learn about printed textiles for fashion and home on this interactive tour. How were printed fashions made in the 18th century? Discover some of the latest fashions for home back then.(45 minutes) 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Thursday, August 24, 2017 -
2:30pm to 3:15pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Thursday, ends on Aug 31, 2017
Friday, August 25, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Every Friday. Repeats Weekly.
August 4 - 25, 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am

On a guided tour be inspired by innovative and imaginative folk art, then create your own work of art to take home. How were the folk artists inspired, and how will that inspire you?(1 hour) 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Friday, August 25, 2017 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Friday, ends on Aug 25, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
York River State Park
August 26, 2017, 9am - 3pm

Family fun where the river meets the sea.  The day begins with the York River State Park 5K Race.  Ranger guided activities include fossil hunting, hiking, paddling, and seining.  The Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association will lead rides along several trails.  Several exhibitors will have hands-on displays to enhance the estuarine experience.  For 5K race information & registration, please contact Rich Higgins at [email protected].

Saturday, August 26, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
The Mariners' Museum and Park
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
August 12 - September 30, 2017, 10am - 12pm

During this seven-week course, we'll teach the fundamentals of building a wooden boat model. Guests will receive a high quality boat model kit and all the tools necessary to build their first ship model! Classes will take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates: August 12, 19, and 26 and September 9, 16, 23, and 30. There will be no class on September 2 due to Labor Day weekend. Please plan to attend all 7 weeks if possible! Ages 12 and up.

Saturday, August 26, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Sep 30, 2017
Hennage Auditorium
Every Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
August 12 - 26, 2017, 10:30am - 11:15am

Explore the exciting events leading to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution! How did our Founding Fathers create the Declaration?  Did Thomas Jefferson really do it all? A guided tour for ages 10 and up. (45 minutes) 

Tour included in Museum Admission

Museum Admission included in your Good Neighbor Pass

Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Saturday, ends on Aug 26, 2017

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