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"Riddle Me This: Mysteries of History" Summer Camp

Date: July 11 - 15

Location: James Brice House, 42 East Street

Time: 9 am - 4 pm

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. Lean the skills of a world-class spy, an artful mystery writer, a private eye, and a fearsome pirate!

Bring your own lunch. Snacks provided.  Camp T-shirt provided

$310 General Admission

$290 HA Members and Volunteers

$50 Deposit required when registering; Balance due by May 20


Before and After Care is Available

Before Care: 8 am - 9am  $10

After Care: 4 pm - 5:30 pm  ($5/30mins.)


Quinn Conlan,, (410) 990-4543 


Daily Themes:

Colonial History Mysteries

On the first day of camp learn about the importance of Annapolis and the customs of our founding fathers. Embody a real person of history for a day, learn about their career, and practice practical skills from the period like sewing and butter churning. Play colonial games and explore William Paca’s garden.


Ancient History Mysteries

Travel back in time to the Ancient world and visit China, Greece, Egypt, the Aztecs, Mesopotamia, and even cavemen! Learn tai-chi from an instructor, make a cave painting, and theorize how the pyramids were built (without aliens!)


Spy Mysteries

Join the secret world of spies and create a secret identity. Learn about and practice “dead drops” around Annapolis, and decode the secret messages of your enemies. End the day with a scavenger hunt around Annapolis, solving clues as you go!


Private Eye Mysteries

Explore the supernatural and take a tour of Annapolis’ haunted sites in the morning. Afterward discuss literary and film detectives and their role in solving crimes. Try to emulate their skills and solve a crime staged by Historic Annapolis. Finally write and perform your very own mystery play using the knowledge you have gained of mystery stories throughout the day!


Pirate Mysteries

Ahoy there landlubbers! Wanna learn how to be a reeeeealll pirate? Design your own pirate flag or “jolly roger” to strike fear into the hearts of your enemies, drink grog, negotiate the rules of your ship, and learn the skills needed to navigate the seven seas. Think yer ready? At the end of the day, we’ll test your sea-legs!


Sample of Activities:

  • Mask making craft
  • Martial Arts demonstration/lesson
  • Building the pyramids experiment
  • Code breaking


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