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Friday, April 19, 2019

April Kids Week at Pilgrim Hall

With bigger and flashier attractions like Plimouth Plantation and the Mayflower II, the venerable Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth doesn’t always get the billing it deserves. But the week of April 15 to April 19 is a perfect time to discover it, during Kids Week at Pilgrim Hall.

If you’re wondering, Pilgrim Hall is the oldest continuously operated public museum in the country, with an extraordinary collection of 17th century artifacts, some of which actually came over on the Mayflower. It’s got treasures like William Bradford’s bible and Myles Standish’s sword; it also tells the story of the Wampanoag, the native people who interacted with the Pilgrims and beat them to Plymouth Rock by roughly 10,000 years. Beyond the usual treasure hunts (a fun activity where kids win a prize for locating various objects around the museum), there’s something extra special for kids daily from 1 to 2 PM the week of April 15-19: Native American tribal lore on Monday, a puppeteer on Tuesday, a magician on Wednesday, a children’s author Thursday. On Friday, they’ll bring down the house with the beat of various West African drums, as percussionist Ed Sorrentino creates a Rhythm Speaks Drum Circle.  Cost for all this is ridiculously reasonable – free for kids 18 and under, and just $12 for the adults who accompany them.

If you’re especially interested in early American history, by the way, there are a couple other things to put on your calendar. May 2, the museum hosts an opening reception for  PathFounders: Women of Plymouth, a exhibition that tells Plymouth’s story through the experience of notable women (6-8 pm); and the first Saturday of every month, Pilgrim Hall and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society team up to give free history tours of Plymouth’s ancient burying ground (1 pm – tours begin a the top of the Hill.)