Kids & Family Activities

Saturday, Sept. 22nd: 10 am - 5 pm Kid's Zone
Included with Admission

Rhythms ‘Round Virginia
Kids’ Zone

Enjoy songs and stories of old Virginia, animal folk songs, and old-time music played on the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, jaw harp and bones. Play along using gourds, washboards, tambourines and more. This activity is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.

Meet Thomas Jefferson
Fish Pond / Kids’ Zone

(11AM, 1PM & 2PM) Pose for a picture with the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence.

Antique Apple Gadgets
Kids’ Zone

See 18th- and 19th-century apple peelers, presses and cider mills, and try your hand at using this early American equipment.

Collaborative Weaving
Kids’ Zone

Enjoy the fun of weaving with the Virginia Discovery Museum as you make a large scale collaborative weaving project out of repurposed textiles!

Passport Tent
West Lawn

The Harvest Explorers Passport will help you discover some of the exciting festival activities just for kids and families. Follow the stars on the map inside to find eight different passport stations. Collect at least four passport stamps and then head over to the Harvest Explorers Passport Tent to claim your prize!

Butterflies!
Kids’ Zone

The Rivanna Master Naturalists love butterflies and want you to love them too by planting the flowers they need in order to live and grow.

Music at Monticello
Kids’ Zone

Learn about the music of Monticello’s past and make your own rhythm instrument to take home.

Historic Children’s Games
Kids’ Zone – South Lawn

Try your hand at historic children’s games from Jefferson’s era. Toddlers can enjoy creative play and storybooks.

Petting Zoo
West of Main Kids’ Zone

Enjoy a variety of miniature farm animals, and learn about their heritage and uses. Meet miniature donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and rabbits!

Living History – Open Fire Cooking
Mulberry Row

Costumed interpreters bring the past to life along Mulberry Row and create a window into the lives of Monticello’s enslaved community through historic activities such as basket making, open-fire cooking, and storytelling.

Living History – African American Stories and Song
Mulberry Row

Costumed interpreters bring the past to life along Mulberry Row and create a window into the lives of Monticello’s enslaved community through historic activities such as basket making, open-fire cooking, and storytelling.

Living History – Basket Making
Mulberry Row

Costumed interpreters bring the past to life along Mulberry Row and create a window into the lives of Monticello’s enslaved community through historic activities such as basket making, open-fire cooking, and storytelling.