Scout and Family Programming

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!

Page updated on Jun 21, 2021 at 3:50 PM

Distance Learning Resources

Choose from online activities to bring history into your home or youth group.

Story Time

Story Time with Young Historians is presented by the Alexandria Black History Museum, part of the Office of Historic Alexandria. Each video features a picture book that introduces history and promotes diversity for young readers. A Museum Educator provides historical context and local community connections. New videos released the first Tuesday of every month.

Click on  More Story Time Videos  for the latest offerings. 

Activity Sheets

Historic Alexandria offers  printable activity sheets covering a wide range of topics and ages. From preschool to high school, crafts to physical activities, there is something for everyone. 

Girl Scout Programming

The Office of Historic Alexandria is a premier program partner with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. While COVID-19 has changed the programming offered, Girl Scout troops can still complete their badges and journeys with Historic Alexandria!

NEW Cadette Media Journey Virtual Series

Cadette Girl Scouts can complete their Media Journey and the Digital Movie Maker Badge through this four-part series. Led by a Museum Educator, girls will come together to explore media through museum collections, conduct a survey and analyze results, and learn how to storyboard and film a media creation of their own. Girls will also receive individualized feedback from staff between sessions as they work on their video. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the online store (link to 

Playing the Past rental kit

Recreating an 18th-century ball is a fun way to learn about 18th-century life by doing! This kit allows Junior Girl Scouts to complete the Playing the Past badge, as well as meets a variety of other  badge requirements for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts. 

The  information and contents in this binder include multiple options for each step so leaders can tailor the level of difficulty and time spent to the needs of their group. This kit includes reproducible shopping lists and recipes, a DVD dance lesson, and the materials needed for 18th-century games.  Groups must provide their own craft and food supplies.   

Cost is $20 for a two month rental. To reserve the kit, contact the Curator of Education at 703.746.4242 or through Alex311.

Birthday Parties

Various historic sites offer settings for historic birthday parties or youth group/troop rentals. Museum Educators lead guests through a variety of activities around a pre-selected theme. 

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, maximum number of children, 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.

Explore your community

Take a walk, bike ride, or drive and learn more about Alexandria!