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Family Events in Historic Alexandria

Looking for something fun for your family to do in Historic Alexandria? With living history programs, camps, festivals, teas, and more, there is something for every age to enjoy at our local museums and historic sites!

Birthday Tea at Gadsby'sBirthday Parties

Make your child’s birthday a historic occasion! Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and Friendship Firehouse Museum each offer a complete birthday package to make your party planning as easy as possible. Each museum provides 90 minutes worth of guided activities in addition to party supplies for up to 10 children for only $250. For more information about the program packages and activity choices, download this informational flyer.

If your child loves archaeology, then a birthday at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum may be for you. Parents can schedule an hour-long Archaeology Adventure Lesson at $2 per child. Cake and presents must be done off-site.


Civil War Camp Kids imageSummer Camps

Looking for something fun and educational for your child this summer? Enroll them in one of our Historic Alexandria summer camps.

​The following camps have been offered by Historic Alexandria museums. Camps may not be offered every year.

  • Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp (ages 12-15)
  • Civil War Kid's Camp (ages 8-12)
  • Clio's Kids: A History Fun Camp at the Lyceum (ages 5-7)


Family Dig Days imageAnnual Events

Visit our online calendar for the latest information about the Office of Historic Alexandria’s upcoming events. Popular annual events include:

  • Candlelight Tours (Locations vary, December) 
  • Christmas in Camp (Fort Ward Museum (December)
  • Emancipation Day (Alexandria Black History Museum, April)
  • Family Dig Days (Alexandria Archaeology, summer)
  • Friendship Firehouse Festival (Friendship Firehouse, August)
  • George Washington’s Birthnight Ball (Gadsby's Tavern Museum, February)
  • Poe in Alexandria (The Lyceum, October)
  • The Real World Science Behind Harry Potter (Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, July)