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At Williamsburg, 9-Year-Olds Need Not Be Bored

Magazine article Sunset

At Williamsburg, 9-Year-Olds Need Not Be Bored

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If you're a squirmy 9 or 10, elbow- to shoulder-'igh to a tourful of adults squeezing through worthy Williamsburg interiors, perhaps you'd rather forgo the edification and hopscotch over to the "gaol" to stick your head in the stocks. You may not know it, but there's relief.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a more comprehensive educational institution than many visiting families realize. Aside from providing specialized programs and services for adults, it also acknowledges the particular needs of younger tourists--to learn by doing (as well as by listening), to touch and handle interesting objects, and to pace sightseeing differently from adults.

The tours we list here do a vivid job of immersing youngsters in the experience of colonial life. Designed for varying ages and interests, they have enough leg-stretching action to keep the fidgets away. Children's tours ($4 each) are limited to about 20 members each, and school vacations bring many children to Williamsburg, so it's best to buy your child's ticket--at the Courthouse of 1770--as soon as you arrive in town.

Once Upon a Town introduces 4- through 6-year-olds to the arts and crafts of the colonial home. Kids parade in period attire, play with period toys, dance, and visit gardens and outbuildings to see how food was grown, how animals were cared for, and what children their age did.

Starting place is the Courthouse of 1770 at 10 and 2 weekdays June through August.

Tricorn Hat provides 7- through 12-year-olds with three-cornered hats as souvenirs. …

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