Visiting with Kids

Historic Sotterley is the perfect space to get kids outside while learning more about our history and the world around usIn addition to our formalized education programs, we have a range of activities you and your family can enjoy together. We have something for young people of all ages from tots to teens! 

Plan your visit

Join a Kid-Friendly Event

Throughout the year we put on many events aimed for kids of all ages. Check our event listings to see what's coming up next!

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Tours & Exhibits

Give your kids an educational experience they won't forget! Kids are welcome on our guided tours and to experience our exhibits.

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Explore the Grounds

There is so much to see at Sotterley from 100-year-old peonies to Bald Eagles. Visit the Visitor Center to pick up some tips, ISpy maps and other games to ensure your kids enjoy the walk.

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Find Ziggy!

Ziggy is our local squirrel friend! Kids can look for him around the site and take pictures to share on social media when they find him. Check Facebook and Instagram every two weeks for hints at Ziggy's latest location.

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Enjoy a Picnic

When the weather is lovely, bring a picnic or pick up snacks from the Visitor Center and enjoy some quality time with the family on the lawn.

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Experience the Garden

Our Colonial Revival Garden is beautiful any time of year. Kids can explore a variety of flowers that our volunteers grow and the critters that call the garden home.

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Fly a Kite

With over 94 acres, Historic Sotterley has many great open spaces for getting outdoors and flying a kite! Pick a breezy day and come enjoy it with a kite.

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Download Activity Sheets (Coming Soon!)

We've developed great resources for parents looking to get their kids out of the house, active, and learning. Check out some of our activity sheets.

Upcoming Kid-Friendly Events

Art Inspired by Birds

June 28th class- Art inspired by birds! Participants will meet at Sotterley’s historic Warehouse where we will discuss some of the colorful Maryland birds found in the area of Historic Sotterley. Creation Guide Jami will give some tips and show some FUN techniques to create…

Southern Maryland Heritage Festival

**Please note that this event is not until 2025** May 17 & 18, 2025 -Historic Sotterley is excited to host the 2nd Southern Maryland Heritage Festival. The two-day festival will be a celebration of Southern Maryland food, culture, history and the people that make it…