Colonial Williamsburg’s twice annual homeschool days are a wonderful way to combine a fabulous family vacation with hands-on-learning through living history.
This September my family had a wonderful experience at Williamsburg, so today I’m sharing some tips and tricks to help you make the best of Homeschool Days at Colonial Williamsburg.
Planning and Preparation
Colonial Williamsburg hosts homeschool days twice a year, for two weeks each. Plan and reserve your vacation as early as possible.
If you plan to take homeschool classes, in addition to exploring the Revolutionary City on your own, plan to purchase the two day Williamsburg ticket. The two day ticket is a great value! While you could potentially see the majority of the city with a one day pass, adding classes will make it nearly impossible.
Each exhibit in the city has a costumed interpreter who will explain the exhibit and answer questions with amazing knowledge. You are not going to want to rush through the city!
If you choose to take special homeschool classes, each class has a limited number of seats available. You’ll want to call for reservations ASAP.
When signing up for classes, remember the colonial city is quite large. Be sure to read class descriptions, as most classes are an hour long. Leave 30 minutes to an hour free between classes to walk the distance to the next class, snack, and take a restroom break without a mad dash across the city.
Download the Colonial Williamsburg Explorer App. You’ll have the colonial city map at your finger tips. This comes in handy, especially if you have a young child who needs a bathroom break immediately! The app surely saved our day when the sudden need for a restroom hit! The app also has a list of the day’s activities and events, which is very helpful when mapping your day.
Several exhibits in Colonial Williamsburg are only open a few days a week, or for one half of the day. Use the Explorer app to ensure you don’t miss an exhibit you really want to see! We didn’t realize that the Bindery and Printing Office, though next to one another, are only open for different halves of the day. If I’d checked the clearly listed times, I would have planned accordingly. You can also check the “Week at a Glance” under the “plan” tab on Colonial Williamsburg’s website.