Children’s Day: Frolicking on the Farm

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Playing corn toss Step back in time to a spring day in 1770. The National Colonial Farm’s annual Children’s Day event is a popular family event that allows visitors to experience history and culture, while spending the day in a scenic national park. Bring your picnic lunches, and be a part of history and farm life while helping the “Bolton” family with their daily chores: spinning wool, churning butter, washing clothes, gardening, and cooking. Visit the farm animals, watch a cooking demonstration, participate in a kid-friendly archaeological dig, play colonial games, and enjoy a musical performance by the Irish Jam Session.

Admission is $5 per person, payable at the Visitor’s Center the day of the event. Members are free.

About the National Colonial Farm:
The National Colonial Farm is an outdoor living history museum located within Piscataway Park and established by the Accokeek Foundation in 1958. The farm depicts life for an ordinary tobacco planting family in Prince George’s County in the 1770s. Structures located within the colonial site are open to the public and include a circa 1770 farm dwelling, an 18th century tobacco barn, and an out-kitchen. The kitchen garden features 18th century varieties of herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Historic varieties of field crops such as “Orinoco” tobacco and “Virginia Gourdseed” corn are grown and cultivated for seed. The park offers family amenities and recreation activities such as picnic tables and pavilion, nature trails, and a fishing pier (must have DNR license). The Visitor’s Center offers unique gifts, books, small snacks and beverages, fishing supplies and bait, as well as site related information and a touch-and-feel nature zone for the kids, featuring a rescued box turtle named Edgar.

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Children’s Day Event Teaches Southern Maryland History and Culture Through an Interactive Outdoor-Learning Experience

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For Immediate Release

Playing colonial games at Childrens DayAccokeek, MD–According to the Maryland Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights proclaimed by Governor Martin O’Malley, all Maryland children “shall have the opportunity to… discover and connect with their natural world… play and learn outdoors… celebrate their culture and heritage.”

For more than 50 years, the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park has been providing just this kind of outdoor-learning experience for children and people of all ages. The park serves the community as a natural landscape offering plenty of recreational activities managed by the Accokeek Foundation, with a variety of  public events that invite the community for a unique educational experience which combines history, nature, and place.

On Saturday, May 12, the popular annual Children’s Day event at Piscataway Park returns with family-oriented activities that connect people to nature, while highlighting the significance of the culture and heritage of Southern Maryland. Children of all ages will take on the role of young explorers, using a discovery map to guide them while they seek out discovery stations with clues about the history of the region, and participate in interactive games and demonstrations on the National Colonial Farm for a view of a child’s life on an ordinary 18th century Southern Maryland tobacco farm.

The event will include an open house style tour of the barnyard to meet the farm animals, interactive performances by the National Children’s Museum, storytelling by the Culture Kingdom Kids, and food vendors. Complete all of the activities to earn keepsake tokens and a prize!

General Event Details:

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Children’s Day in Piscataway Park
10 am – 4 pm
Admission is $10 for non-members; $5 for members; children 2 and under are free
One free adult admission per paying child

Contact: Anjela Barnes, Communications Manager

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Sprouts

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Sprouts: Seeds and Spinach

"Food Art" while learning about spinach and seeds

Thursday, August 18, 2011 – It’s never too early to get out and garden! Sprouts is a garden-themed educational program geared toward preschoolers. This one-hour, once-a-month program will spotlight fruit, vegetables, and other parts of a backyard garden, and will feature fun activities for parents and children to do together, from singing songs and reading stories to making crafts and playing games. We will spend time outside when weather permits. The month’s theme is: fireflies.

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