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Family Events in Historic Alexandria

Looking for something fun for your family to do in Historic Alexandria? With living history programs, camps, festivals, teas, and more, there is something for every age to enjoy at our local museums and historic sites!

Birthday Parties

Make your child’s birthday a historic occasion! Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and Friendship Firehouse Museum each offer a complete birthday package to make your party planning as easy as possible. Each museum provides 90 minutes worth of guided activities in addition to party supplies for up to 10 children for only $250. For more information about the program packages and activity choices, download this informational flyer.

If your child loves archaeology, then a birthday at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum may be for you. Parents can schedule an hour-long Archaeology Adventure Lesson at $2 per child. Cake and presents must be done off-site.


Civil War Camp Kids imageSummer Camps

Looking for something fun and educational for your child this summer? Enroll them in one of our Historic Alexandria summer camps.

​The following camps have been offered by Historic Alexandria museums. Camps may not be offered every year.

  • Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp (ages 12-15)
  • Civil War Kid's Camp (ages 8-12)
  • Clio's Kids: A History Fun Camp at the Lyceum (ages 5-7)


Annual Events

The following is a listing of our annual family-friendly events by historic site. Visit our online calendar for the latest information about the Office of Historic Alexandria’s upcoming events. The Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House provides information about all events and programs in the city.

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

  • Family Dig Days (seasonal)
  • Heritage Trail Bike Ride (June)
  • Art Activated (September)
  • Arts Safari (October)
  • Archaeology Month (October)
  • Ornament Decorating Workshop (December)

Alexandria Black History Museum

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster Competition (January)
  • Teddy Bear Tea (May)
  • Juneteenth (June)
  • African-American Heritage Festival (July)
  • Veteran’s Day Observance (November)
  • Kwanzaa Celebration (December)

Friendship Firehouse Museum

  • Free admission on Father’s Day for fathers (June)
  • Friendship Firehouse Festival (first Saturday of August)

Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site

  • Living History programs (year-round)
  • Christmas in Camp (December)

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

  • Swordsmen’s Rendezvous (February, March, and November)
  • President’s Day Open House—Free admission (February)
  • Free admission on Mother’s Day for mothers (May)
  • Free admission on Father’s Day for fathers (June)
  • Family Days (summer)
  • Tavern Day with free admission (first Saturday of August)
  • Tavern Toddlers (Fall, Winter, and Spring session)
  • Tea with Martha Washington (Fall)

The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum

  • Meet the President (February)
  • Little Conductor’s Day (February)
  • Book Fair Fun Day! (Spring)
  • Old Cars in Alexandria (May)
  • Introduction to Model Trains (August)
  • Poe in Alexandria (October)
  • Scottish Preview (November)
  • Colonial Handbell Ringers Concerts (December)

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

  • Free admission on Mother’s Day for mothers (May)
  • Free admission on Father’s Day for fathers (June)
  • Open House with free admission (October, National Pharmacy Month)
  • Wonders of Science (dates vary)