Children immerse themselves in a fun learning experience, as they make history come alive during Children’s Summer Program Week, Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. The week of July 30-August 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., begins with a guided tour of an authentically furnished 19th century farmhouse, the Walt Whitman Birthplace. Participants will be guided by a knowledgeable counselor as they incorporate history, crafts, period games, and physical activity into each exciting day. The program will have a daily theme; for example, Native American Day, Victorian Day, Twentieth Century Day, Walt’s Day and Parent Participant Day—and much, much more! Glimpse the past through making a Cornhusk Figure, or grow a plant as you would on an 1800s farm, or “go green” by constructing “Walt’s Well” using recyclable materials. Or light up your day by creating an Electric Circuit. Parents are invited to visit at the end of the program to view their child’s accomplishments. Children can enjoy their bagged lunch on picnic tables in the lovely garden or in the spacious air conditioned classroom. Some activities will be held in the impressive Interpretive Center, others in the cozy Gathering House (both air conditioned) or in the historic house in which Whitman was born. Perhaps all will “feel” the inspiration of America’s great poet.
The program is for ages 7 through 12; fee $125/per child, $110 additional sibling. Contact: Carolyn Diglio, Education Coordinator, Ph: 631-427-5240, ext. 113, firstname.lastname@example.org.