Recently, I had the opportunity to teach my Year 3 students of Ajman Academy all about planning and taking a trip. In our school, we follow the PYP model of education, where we break our year up into six blocks, each one focusing on a transdisciplinary theme and central idea. Within [ ... ]
Dell Rapids is a beautiful and quaint piece of Americana history with its Pink Rose Quartz buildings from the local quarry. Along the banks of the picturesque Big Sioux River since 1871, this small community of 3,650 is located approximately 15 minutes north of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This l [ ... ]
Midwest winters can seem endless. The payoff? Perfect summer temperatures! Each year I vow to savor every minute of the warm weather.
Although I can’t put everything on hold, I can live summer to the fullest, by participating in that wonderful warm weather tradition— a week at the lake. Here are [ ... ]
Opened in 1953, Dan Hotel Tel Aviv was the first luxury hotel in Israel and has maintained its status as the “Grande Dame” of Tel Aviv hotels ever since. Part of a 14 hotel chain operating in Israel, the Dan Tel Aviv hotel is in a category of its own in service and opulence in the Israeli hospit [ ... ]
No family visit to Beijing, or China for that matter, is complete without a visit to the Great Wall. There are many options as to what part of the Great Wall you can visit, depending on whether you prefer rougher terrain, steeper climbs and more run down but quieter areas. However, if taking childre [ ... ]
Polished wood, burnished brass, a giant globe of the world and a gentleman Sea Captain in a navy blue blazer greet you as you enter the foyer of Disney Resort’s Yacht Club at Walt Disney World.ou’ve now entered Disney’s version of turn-of-the-century Nantucket complete with a lighthouse and [ ... ]
Parents of toddlers – stop limiting your vacations to staycations. This is coming from a mom who has raised a ddler into a traveler once, and is doing it all over again. If you have a toddler, you have anarchy on your hands … trust me, I know! But you don’t have to stick close to home if you [ ... ]
Colonial Williamsburg is the pinnacle of American living history museums. But there are many other living history "museums" -- those places where costumed "interpreters" bring history to life. They are a great way to get kids tuned into history.If the kids are lucky, the interpreters will be able to answer their questions (How do you go to the bathroom in those weird pants?) as well as teach them skills our forebears knew (planting corn without a tractor, making a wig by hand.)
My kids and I have visited several, including the greatest of them all, Colonial Williamsburg, a recreation of life as America's earliest settlers lived it. The free daily Revolutionary War re-enactments were fascinating to me, although my daughter, Tess, then 9, got a little bored. I think if we revisited now that she has studied Revolutionary War history in school, she might be more tuned in.
We never head to Springfield from Chicago without a stop at New Salem, the recreation of the town where Abraham Lincoln lived as a young man. And my visit to the Barrington Living History Farm in Washington-on-Brazos, Texas, was a eye-opening looking at the difficult life on a Texas cotton farm.Here is a list of just a few of the living museums around the country, each with a different time in American history.
Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Va.)
Walk the streets of America's earliest settlers and experience life in the 17th and 18th centuries at the nation's largest outdoor museum. Explore dozens of Colonial buildings, homes, and shops reconstructed on 301 acres - most on their original foundations.
Columbia State Historic Park (Columbia, Calif.)
Known as the "Gem of the Southern Mines," Columbia State Historic Park comes as close to a gold-rush town in its heyday as any site in the Gold Country. Visitors can stay in the haunted Columbia Hotel, ride a stagecoach, pan for gold, and watch blacksmiths and goldsmiths perfecting their skills.
Connor Prairie (Fishers, Ind.)
Conner Prairie brings prairie history to life in its four distinct outdoor living history areas and indoor museum, where kids can milk cows, card wool and churn butter. Conner Prairie also offers special sleepover programs, ranging from arms-making to the famed and award-winning Underground Railroad experience, Follow the North Star.
Constitution Village (Huntsville, Ala.)
Capturing the history and spirit of "the heart of the Dixie," Constitution Village gives visitors an opportunity to explore ante-bellum Alabama. The museum reconstructs six buildings on their original site, depicting early lifestyle of the South.
Landis Valley Museum (Lancaster, Pa.)
Offering a glimpse into the rural Pennsylvania German life in the early 18th century, Landis Valley has more than 40 historic structures located on 100 acres. The museum features heirloom gardens, authentic farmsteads, on-hearth cooking, demonstrations of traditional crafts and horse-drawn wagon rides.
Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, Mass.)
At Plimoth Plantation, visitors immerse themselves in two different worlds: The Wampanoag Homesite showcases the traditional ways of Massachusetts' Native Americans, and the 1627 English Village introduces the country's first settlers - Pilgrims.