Fort Wellington National Historic Site of Canada

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Kids Have Summer Fun at Fort Wellington National Historic Site

PRESCOTT, ONTARIO – May 23, 2013 – Two popular kids programs are returning to Fort Wellington National Historic Site in July and August, 2013. Heritage Day Camp, a week long program, and Fort Kids, a one day per week program, are designed to encourage imagination, discovery and adventure while learning about Canada's cultural heritage.

Heritage Day Camp

Children aged 7 to 12 are inspired to dawn period clothing and truly experience what life was like at Fort Wellington from the perspectives of all who lived it. Each day of this five day program is a new adventure as various themes of the fort are explored through hands on activities. Costumed interpreters engage and encourage children as the daily lives and responsibilities of the fort's soldiers are revealed in fun and interactive ways.

The program runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Two separate weeks of Heritage Day Camp are scheduled; the first offering runs from July 8 to July 12, 2013, with a second week scheduled August 19 to August 23, 2013. Space is limited to 25 participants per week-long session and a registration fee of $68.70 per week applies. Please register as soon as possible to ensure a place as been reserved for your child.

Fort Kids

Every Tuesday from July 9 to August 13, Fort Wellington is abuzz with the sounds of children living history as time travellers to the War of 1812 and 1840 Rebellion periods of the fort's past. Each week, children aged 7 to 12 are invited to bring a weekly theme to life as they explore the daily responsibilities and characteristics of working and living in the fort 200 years ago.

Each Fort Kids single day session runs from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Space is limited to 20 participants per day and a $15.00 per day registration fee applies. Spots fill up quickly so please register as soon as possible to reserve a place.

The weekly Fort Kids themes are:

Soldiers Day – July 9
Enlist and learn about military life at Fort Wellington. Children will take part in a mock battle, military drill, and watch a rifle demonstration.

War of 1812 Day – July 16
Travel back in time and experience life during the War of 1812. Participants get a taste of daily routine through period dress, snacks and activities.

Pirates Day – July 23
Aarr matey! Participants learn pirate lingo and how pirates were involved in Fort Wellington's History. Now where is me buried treasure?

Navy / Royal Engineer Day – July 30
In becoming a navy sailor and building a small gunboat, participants learn about Prescott's nautical past. Your child also gets to design their own Fort Wellington while taking on the role of a royal engineer!

Archaeology Day – August 6
Fort Kids get to dig into the past and discover what artefacts can tell us about what life was like in the 1840's!

Games Day – August 13
The final day offers up old fashion fun. Participants are offered the chance to master period games like tug-o-war, three legged races and capture the flag.

For more information or to register for either program please contact Gareth Newfield between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm at 613-925-2896.

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