Colonial Williamsburg With Kids: Governor’s Palace

Colonial Williamsburg: Children's Tour of the Palace Travel Tips

If your next vacation includes passing though Colonial Williamsburg or you are a local Hampton Roads resident, seeing Colonial Williamsburg is a must. It is rich in history and education. While you’ll enjoy the beauty of the Colony any time of year, the guided tours are a real treat. As a Williamsburg local, our weekends are spent at the Farmer’s Market downtown and walking the streets of Colonial Williamsburg with the kids to run off their energy. We eat lunch on the lawn, play frisbee and then head over to the bookstore to grab Starbucks.

Summer hit and the kids were bored. I knew we had an awesome resource at our hands, but had never ventured out for a tour. I called to book a Children’s Tour of the Governor’s Palace and here’s what I learned.

The Children’s Tour of the Governor’s Palace (it’s FREE, but you must reserve your spots) is unforgettable! The guided tour is geared towards elementary aged kids, but as an adult I was fascinated. You’ll start out in the maid’s quarters and work your way through the Palace discussing what it was like to live in the palace before the Revolution, how the palace events honored the King and Queen of England, and what the rooms were typically used for. The educational value is woven throughout the tour in a way that makes it interesting and fun, but doesn’t bore little ones. We walked, we learned how to dance in the ballroom, and we wandered the hedge maze in the gardens.

Our tour guide was fantastic at engaging the kids and adults, and answered period questions as well as teaching our group customary etiquette of the 1770’s.

Colonial Williamsburg: Children's Tour of the Palace Travel Tips

To best prepare for your Colonial Williamsburg visit, I’ll leave you with these tips so that you don’t miss out on the Governor’s Palace fun.

Things to know:

  • You must have an admission ticket for Colonial Williamsburg or a Williamsburg Good Neighbor pass to register for the tour.
  • Book early. The tours are small groups and fill up quickly.
  • Collect your tickets from the Visitor’s Center or the Ticket booth in Merchant’s Square.
  • Arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes early to find parking and walk to the West Entrance of the Palace (the left side). That was cutting it close for me to grab tickets and book it to the palace while dragging the kids.
  • The tour is approx 25 minutes. We spent 30 minutes outside in the gardens after the tour.
  • Bring water! The summers are hot and humid here and your kids will need water while wandering the garden maze behind the palace.
  • Bathrooms are right outside the Palace.
  • Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic on the tree lined Palace Green while you watch the horse drawn carriages pass by.
  • Or grab lunch at the famous Cheese Shop in Merchant’s Square.
  • Infants in arms. I can’t say for certain that strollers aren’t permitted, but there are stairs in the tour and it wouldn’t be manageable. I carried my 11 month old throughout the tour. A wrap or infant carrier would have worked well too. The tour was short enough that carrying her wasn’t unbearable, but it would have been easier with two hands free.
  • The craftsmanship is stunning. And the colors are vivid, which surprised me since it is 18th century accurate.
Colonial Williamsburg: Children's Tour of the Palace Travel Tips

The rear exit of the Colonial Williamsburg Governor’s Palace.

 

Colonial Williamsburg: Children's Tour of the Palace Travel Tips

The marble Palace entrance floors were stunning.

Colonial Williamsburg: Children's Tour of the Palace Travel Tips

 

Colonial Williamsburg: Children's Tour of the Palace Travel Tips

 

Mom Life & Baby Shower Picks: Itzy Ritzy for the Win

Mom Life & Baby Shower Picks: Itzy Ritzy for the Win

Life is hectic with kids and businesses to run. We are on the go a lot. Whether shuffling from one office to the next, dropping at summer program, grocery shopping (or Target browsing), or hitting parks, museums, and community events for the kids.

KEEPING IT ALL TOGETHER

To make sure I’m prepared, I keep a go bag in the car. I have a fully packed diaper bag with spare clothes for the kids (because water parks and hoses pop up in unexpected places), diaper, a few toys, meds, a blanket, shopping cart cover, teething necklace, a spare pacifier or four, lady products, chapstick, and granola bars. I leave it in the car. ALL THE TIME. Seriously!

That means to get out of the door, all I need to do is fill water bottles for the kids and myself, grab a few pieces of fruit, and the kids. Don’t forget the kids. This is a life saver. All I need is already in the car, I just drop in the water bottles, sippy cup and fresh fruit. I restock diaper and wipes as needed.

I didn’t do this with my first. I loaded and unloaded the diaper bag every single time. I took it into every store. Something clicked this time around. I keep a small purse with my wallet, phone and keys. Because everything I could ever need is in the bag already. In a store? I likely won’t need clothes, snacks, diapers, blankets, etc. All I need is a wallet. Everything else can wait until we get back to the car.

For outings, like the park or museum, a diaper bag was getting heavy and hard to juggle while carrying baby. Now, I have the Boss Backpack style and it is perfect! I can carry it without it falling off of my shoulders and it has everything to sustain us without an hour of packing before we can leave the house.

Because I rave about this bag so much, I have a discount code just for you. Head over to itzyritzy.com and use CODE: AWBFF25 for 25% off of your entire order, for anything on the site- including my favorite backpack bag. #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy

Want to see how it’s packed? Check out my list of baby shower must haves that fill my bag.

Mom Life & Baby Shower Picks: Itzy Ritzy for the Win
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BABY SHOWER MUST HAVES

If I had one tip for the new mom, it would be to do the whole car backpack diaper bag thing. It seriously saves so much time, skips lugging the whole house, and being at a restaurant to realize  you forgot a change of baby clothes and you’re covered in poop. So get that new mom the backpack dapper bag of their dreams and tell them to try this little trick of leaving the bag in the car.

Here are my must have things to go into this car backpack:

BOSS BACKPACK

The everything bag. Comes with a changing pad, tons of pockets and clips and in these three awesome colors combos for any mom’s style.

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Teething Toys

Silicone, Food grade, BPA free adorable teeters. These are HUGE. You may be thinking, oh a small cute teether, think again. It’s the size of my entire hand- fingers included, which is perfect for baby to get a good grip and chew away. The textured back helps massage sore gums.

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Teething Necklace

These two teething necklaces are my absolute favorite. They neutral colors go with everything! And they look like a grown up piece of statement jewelry, not a tack baby toy. I don’t leave the house without wearing one, and I keep an extra in my backpack. Helen can few on it while in a shopping cart for entertainment. It’s great!

My mom gifted me the gray palette for christmas and I recently bought the chevron necklace to round out my outfits.

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Reuseable Snack Bag

I am trying to make a conscious effort to reduce single use products. Call me crunchy, hippie, but I feel compelled to make small changes where I can. My husband rolls his eyes at them, so I won’t judge you for thinking I’m crazy! Enter reusable snack bags. Each kid has one and they go everywhere we go.

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Shopping Car Cover

Having a shopping cart cover is like Clorox. It keeps the germs away because, well, babies chew and lick everything. Do the sweet baby a favor and grab a cart cover. You won’t regret it.

ItzyRitzy Shopping Cart Cover #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy

 

Because I rave about these things so much, I have a discount code just for you. Head over to itzyritzy.com and use CODE: AWBFF25 for 25% off of your entire order, for anything on the site- including my favorite backpack bag. #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy

 

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