Wisdom begins with wonder.
– Socrates, Greek Philosopher
Historic Annapolis offers many engaging and inspiring programs for kids to not only learn about the history of Annapolis and the search for freedom but also how we have shaped the natural world. All children’s programs are hands-on, allowing children to explore and investigate ways in which life during the 18th century was different and also similar to their present day lives.
Mr. Paca’s Backyard Preschool Program
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, September – December, March – June
Using famous children’s stories, the youngsters explore the 18th century garden of William Paca during the winter, spring and summer. Have you ever planted a rainbow? Had tea with a spider? Sat down by the fish-shaped pond with a famous painter? These fun activities are just a few examples from the 1.25 hours program.
Each program includes exploration in the garden, story time, and art project, movement activity (dance, games, etc) and of course snack time!
The cost is $7 per child, $5 for HA Members and Volunteers.
To register, please visit, our Calendar of Events.
For school related visits, please visit our K-12 programs page.
Junior Docent Program
Want to come learn more about our tours and help to lead tours? Are you interested in dressing up in 18th-century style clothes? Do you want to learn more about how people lived?
If so, please contact Janet Hall, Volunteer Coordinator, 410.990.4514 to learn more about this opportunity.
Follow the Fleet
“Follow the Fleet” is a new website developed by Historic Annapolis to tell the story of war and peace in the Chesapeake Bay region from April 1814 to April 1815. It gives special attention to Maryland, its capital city, and a few people, both famous and ordinary, whose lives were changed by the events of that year. One of the individuals highlighted in “Follow the Fleet” is William ‘Rolla’ Ross, a 14-year-old fugitive slave whose exciting story is also featured in the Historic Annapolis exhibit Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake. Just as Annapolitans anxiously followed the movements of the British fleet as its ships prowled the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers 200 years ago, visitors to “Follow the Fleet” can track the dramatic military action that occurred all around the region during the final months of the War of 1812.
Planning for the 2017 Summer Camp is underway. If you wouldl like information once details are finalized please email our Vice President of Education and Interpretation Lisa Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer we will introduce your young detectives to a world of mystery in Historic Annapolis! Explore downtown every day as your young sleuth travels from Annapolis’ colonial past to the ships of history’s most notorious pirates. Learn the skills of a world-class spy, an artful mystery writer, a private eye, and a fearsome pirate!
Registration is open! Visit our Summer Camp page to register or to hear more about this summer's upcoming adventures.
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