Scout and Family Programming

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!

Page updated on Aug 28, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Distance Learning Resources

Choose from online activities to bring history into your home or youth group.

Covid-19 Operation Guidelines  

The Office of Historic Alexandria established the following guidelines to ensure consistent operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will regularly re-evaluate them through the remainder of 2020 based on available staffing levels and as the region moves through Phase 3 of the Forward Virginia plan. Includes guidelines for guided tours, volunteers, rentals, public programs and events, and on-site research and collections use by the public.

Covid-19 Operation Guidelines

Story Time

Story Time with Young Historians is presented by the Alexandria Black History Museum, part of the Office of Historic Alexandria. Each video features a picture book that introduces history and promotes diversity for young readers. A Museum Educator provides historical context and local community connections. New videos released the first Tuesday of every month.

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-In

Activity Sheets

  • Journaling Activity: What people in the past wrote about their life helps historians today. Students can document their experience to create a primary source. Then, they can read documents from Nicholas Cresswell to compare life in Alexandria just prior to the Revolutionary War to life today.
  • Patriotic Civil War StationeryExplore patriotic symbols while creating a patriotic envelope based on objects in Fort Ward’s collection.
  • Create an exhibit from items in your home to tell a story of your choosing. Practice categorizing and writing labels.
  • Chamber Pot Puzzle: Archaeologists sometime put objects that they find back together to learn more about the object and people who used it. What can you learn from the pieces others leave behind?
  • Cockade RibbonThroughout history, special emblems, symbols, and colors have been used to show support for a cause or country. Create a cockade ribbon, an example from the Civil War of an item worn to show support.
  • Cardboard Columns: Columns are a basic structural element in buildings, but they are often hidden from site. Be an engineer and test this structural element and explore historic architectural styles that use columns.

Birthday Parties

Various historic sites offer settings for historic birthday parties or youth group/troop rentals. Museum Educators lead guests through a variety of activities around a pre-selected theme. 

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, maximum number of children, 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.

Explore your community

Take a walk, bike ride, or drive and learn more about Alexandria!