The Gettysburg Foundation is pleased to offer local residents and visitors to Gettysburg special events on winter holidays at Children of Gettysburg 1863® throughout February and March 2023. Open Thursdays through Sundays, noon until 5 p.m. for winter hours, Children of Gettysburg 1863® offers families a unique, interactive history adventure.
The children’s history museum will offer special events inside the museum on the following holidays:
Groundhog Day History | Thursday, Feb. 2
While learning the history of Groundhog Day, guests can create either a winter or spring craft – depending on whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not.
Valentine’s Day Gift Creations | Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 9-12
Guests can create a Valentine’s Day gift for a special someone. Using the Language of Flowers, create the best tussie-mussie with a hidden message or create a vintage valentine.
Lincoln’s Birthday Celebration | Sunday, Feb. 12
Visitors can celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and learn more about the life of our 16th President during a special story time inside the museum. Join us at 1 p.m. for a reading of the book I Am Abraham Lincoln, written by Brad Meltzer.
Presidents Day Special Opening with Presidential Trivia | Monday, Feb. 20
Children of Gettysburg 1863 will have a special opening of the children’s history museum in honor of Presidents Day noon until 5 p.m. Test your presidential knowledge with a trivia contest at 1 p.m. Regular winter hours of Thursday through Sunday, noon until 5 p.m. will resume on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023.
St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Search | Friday-Sunday, March 17-19
Dozens of leprechauns will be hidden throughout the children’s history museum. Throughout the weekend, visitors can search the museum high and low to help find as many leprechauns as possible to receive a prize. (One prize per child.)
The interactive children’s history museum tells the engaging stories of children, teens and young adults who lived in the town of Gettysburg and the surrounding area during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Families have the opportunity to experience engaging first-hand accounts from a number of young residents from 1863 including William Bayly, Albertus McCreary, Sadie Bushman and Tillie Pierce.
The winter holiday events and activities are free with a ticket to Children of Gettysburg 1863®. Admission tickets are currently free for children/youth ages 12 and younger when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
Tickets are available by phone, 717-334-2436, online at GettysburgFoundation.org/Children-of-Gettysburg-1863, at the Ticket Counter inside the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and on-site at Children of Gettysburg 1863® located at 451 Baltimore Street in downtown Gettysburg.