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2017 Schedule of “Special Saturdays” Events Announced

Published: 12/03/2016

One of the benefits of having a membership at the For the Kids, by George Children's Museum, is that it includes admission to each of our Special Saturday events. These special events bring in local historians, teachers and performers to educate and entertain. Purchase your family membership today!

Not a member? Special Saturday events are open to the public at regular admission prices.

This year, we have a mix of returning favorites (Geocaching Workshop, Learn to Play Chess) along with some fun new activities (Learn to Cook on a Campfire, Teddy Bear Picnic). Download the complete calendar.

2017 Special Saturday Schedule

January - High Tea and Storytime with your favorite Doll

Learn how to set the table for high tea, make petit fours and herbal tea, and hear what life was like as a young person in the 1900s. (ages 4 to 10)

January 21st, 2PM

February - Live Underground Railroad Journey

Learn about the signs and symbols to look for along the passageways to get your “Passport to Freedom” – all while avoiding enemies who may be disguising themselves along the way! (ages 6 to 12)

February 4th, 2PM

March - Learn how to play chess and play a child-sized chess game.

Professional chess players will be teaching chess basics and available to compete against advanced players. Special chess-themed snack. (ages 6-17)

March 11th, 2PM

April - Make a Native American Talking Stick

The Native American Talking Stick was used by councils to keep order and allow everyone time to present their Sacred Point of View. Make your own and hear stories about Native Americans in Martinsburg. (ages 5-12)

April 8th, 2PM

May - Geocaching Workshop

Work with Museum staff and a Geochaching expert and learn the basics behind the exciting new sport called GeoCaching. One in each group needs to bring a smart phone. (ages 5-adult)

May 6th, 2PM

June - Teddy Bear Picnic

Bring a blanket and your favorite teddy bear and join us for a picnic on the grounds of the historic Boydville mansion. Hear stories from a woman whose father was the last child to grow up in the house. (ages 4-10)

Wednesday, June 14th, 2PM

July - Railroad History Day

Celebrate 175 years of railroad history in Martinsburg with railroad-based games, stories and activities. (all ages)

July 15th, 2PM

August - Make your own Colonial Game to take home

Shut The Box is a traditional dice game for one or more players that uses a special counting box. Make your own game and then play in a Shut the Box tournament. (ages 6-12)

August 5th, 2PM

September - Learn to cook on a campfire

Watch as a volunteer dons historic clothing and cooks delicious dishes using seasonal foods and 19th century cooking methods. Sample authentic dishes and take the historic recipes to try at home! (all ages)

September 16th, 2PM

October - Learn to Survey like young George Washington

Using a compass and chains, along with a sector, parallel rule, and circular protractor learn how George Washington surveyed our area for Lord Fairfax. (ages 8-15)

October 7th, 2PM

November - Museum-wide Scavenger Hunt with prizes

Three different age-appropriate history scavenger hunts will be provided. Successful completion of the hunt will earn the participant a prize. (ages 4 to 15)

November 18th 2PM

December - Colonial Ornament Workshop

Make and take home Colonial era Holiday ornaments. Learn about early Colonial Christmas traditions. (ages 6-10)

December 2nd 2PM


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