History in Play

In this intermediate roleplaying camp, participants are assigned a character who lived during the time period that is highlighted that week. During the camp, they will dress in costume and engage in improvisation games to learn some basic roleplaying techniques. In addition, kids will participate in hands on activities like cooking, playing games and craft projects to delve deeper into the time period of their characters. Campers are given limited opportunities to interact with visitors and practice some historical interpretation.

History in Play: Growing up Colonial
Experience George Washington’s time. Wear colonial clothing, try writing with a quill pen, learn to play skittles, cook on the open hearth and roleplay for museum visitors.

Offered July 31 – August 4, 2023

History in Play: Growing Up Victorian
Try living in the time of Tom Sawyer or Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Dress in period costume, play early baseball and graces, make crafts, and cook a period recipe and roleplay for museum visitors.

Offered June 26 – 30, 2023

History in Play: Growing Up Between the Wars
Become the child of immigrants or a kid learning to “make do” during World War II. Dress in early-20th-century costumes, make a treat on a cast iron cookstove, learn about silent films and the first TV programs and roleplay for museum visitors.

Next offered in 2024


Ages:  9 – 11 years (Rising 4th – 6th graders)
Hours:  9:00 – 3:00
Price:  $325.00
Member discount: 10% off each camp

Summer camp registrations will begin on January 9 for FAMILY MEMBERS. Registration for NON-MEMBERS will begin on January 15 .  Email bcoppola@sbmuseum.org with any questions.