Nancy from Antioch, IL
Number of programs attended: 31
Date attended: 06/24/12 - 06/29/12
What a great program!! This is a small group program, with 6 boys, 6 girls and 13 "grands". Most of the children were about 10 years old, a couple younger and a couple older. It introduced us to the "living" things of Virginia. The Virginia Living Museum is a first-class facility with a very knowledgeable, humorous and dedicated staff. Each of the naturalists had a great presentation style aimed at the children but definitely not boring to the "grands". They know how to keep children interested by engaging them in activities several times an hour which related to the subject. They teach by verbal, visual, hands-on and activity based instruction. The sessions included a lot of live animals which we were able to touch and see up close. The classrooms were equipped with multi-media devices, microscopes, etc. The field trips to the salt marsh, fossil collecting, Jamestown settlement and seine fishing were interesting and fun. The abbreviated history of Jamestown was cleverly done and fun. The museum is both outdoors and indoors and includes a planetarium. The hotel is perfect for a group like ours. There is a large indoor swimming pool where the children "burned off" excess energy in the late afternoon and after the evening session. The accommodations were nice, the hotel staff friendly and helpful and the catered meals were "kid friendly" such as hamburgers, mac 'n cheese, chicken nuggets, etc. as an option to the main course. On our free afternoon we chose to take a taxi to the The Mariner's Museum, which is outstanding and kept my niece interested with lots nf interactive exhibits and entertaining films. One of the grands organized a movie night on our free evening and another popped popcorn for the group. The hotel has its own tiny "movie theater" with movies that can be checked out at the front desk. This was our second inter-generational program and we could not have been happier with our selection of this program.