City of Alexandria, VA
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Lyceum 2011 Summer Camp
Clio’s Kids: A History Mini-Camp : To and Fro and Away we Go!
Following our camp theme, “To and Fro and Away We Go!” we explored the history of transportation and travel to and within the City of Alexandria in the past and present day. We played games, read stories, and visited places related to different aspects of transportation and travel each day of camp. Look below to find more books to read, local places to visit, and websites to learn more about our camp theme.
Learn More About It!
Read More About It!: Books to Read
Travel and Transportation - General
McClintock, Barbara. Adèle & Simon in America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Mayo, Margaret, and Alex Ayliffe. Choo Choo Clickety-Clack! Minneapolis, Minn: Carolrhoda Books, 2004.
Nelson, Robin. Transportation Then and Now. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co, 2003.
Seuss, Dr. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. New York: Random House, 1964.
Kimmel, Eric A., and Andrea U'Ren. Stormy's Hat: Just Right for a Railroad Man. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Lenski, Lois. The Little Train. New York: Random House, 2000.
O'Brien, Patrick. Steam, Smoke, and Steel: Back in Time with Trains. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2000.
Lenski, Lois. The Little Sailboat. New York: Random House, 2003.
Locker, Thomas. Where the River Begins. New York: Dial Books, 1984.
Swift, Hildegarde Hoyt, and Lynd Ward. The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co, 1942.
Barnes, Cheryl Shaw. Alexander, the Old Town Mouse. Alexandria, Va: Vacation Spot Pub, 1994.
The New York Transit Museum’s online resources include child-oriented virtual exhibits and games. Children can follow a day in the life of a New York City bus, unscramble a city transit map, or use a magnifying glass to take a closer look at a horse-drawn streetcar.
Otto the Auto and his friends introduce children to road safety through songs, stories, and games, including printable activities and coloring sheets. Operated by the California State Automobile Association (CSAA) affiliate of the American Automobile Association.
This website is a spin-off of the “Postcards from Buster” segment on Public Broadcasting Service’s (PBS) children’s television show “Arthur” – Arthur’s friend Buster Bunny visits a different place in the world each episode. Buster has written a blog entry for each place he has visited, and there are related songs, video clips, on-line games, and recipes. Parents can click on the “Parents and Teachers” tab to see additional resources.
Created and maintained by a pre-K teacher, this Transportation Page links to multiple on-line activities and games for children.
Over two hundred years ago, visitors to Alexandria might have found overnight lodging in Gadsby’s Tavern or one of the many taverns like it. Visit Gadbsy’s Tavern Museum today to learn about community events, meetings, and dances that taverns like Gadsby’s hosted in their dining and ballrooms. We visited Gadsby’s Tavern Museum on the third day of camp. We learned that traveling in the past was not as fancy as today – you might even have to share a bedroom with strangers!
Wilkes Street Tunnel, Entrance at Wilkes & S. Royal Streets, Alexandria, VA
Parents can learn more about the history of the Wilkes Street tunnel by reading City Archaeologist Pam Cressey’s article. The Wilkes Street Tunnel was built as a railroad tunnel in 1851. It helped link Alexandria’s wharves on the Potomac River with towns in central Virginia so people and goods could move between the two places. Today, it is used by bicyclists and walkers. We visited Wilkes Street Tunnel on the second day of camp and pretended to be a train as we moved through the tunnel – Woo-hoo!
Learn about America’s transportation history in this exhibition – from trains to buses and streetcars to automobiles – during your visit to America on the Move. Download the exhibition's 10-page Family Guide for children under 8 before your visit and take it with you! You can also view an online version of “America on the Move” and browse photographs of the Smithsonian’s transportation collection; children will enjoy the transportation-themed games on the website.
Visitors to the B & O Railroad Museum in Baltimore can step inside historic locomotives and train cars, see scale model train replicas in action, as well as train-related objects on exhibition. There are indoor and outdoor children’s play areas. For an additional fee, visitors can enjoy a 20-minute train ride. Families looking to visit smaller railroad museums closer to home may wish to visit Fairfax Station Railroad Museum in Fairfax Station, VA or The Manassas Railroad Depot, part of the Manassas Museum System in Manassas, VA.
The National Parks Service maintains the 184.5 mile C & O Canal National Historic Park, stretching from Georgetown to Cumberland, Maryland and encompassing six visitor centers. Visit the park’s website to learn about interpretive events, including canal boat tours offerred during warmer months.
This museum is located at the College Park airport, founded in 1909 when the Wright brothers started to train military aviators. The museum has many exhibits which engage young visitors, including a hands-on room, simulators, and pedal planes. Family-friendly programs and events are offered throughout the year, including “Afternoon Aviators”, a weekly series of aviation-themed activities for children aged five and older on Friday afternoons.
Learn about the streetcars that moved people into and around D.C. from the late 1800s until 1962. Usually only open weekends, the museum offers special children’s programming on Thursdays and Fridays during the summer including storytelling and crafts. The museum offers rides on its historic streetcars for an additional fee.