For the Kids, By George is more than a museum. It’s an interactive experience that teaches children about our heritage through play. Immersion galleries allow children to experience life through the centuries to learn about early Native American culture and the lives of early settlers. A virtual tour of the Washington Heritage Trail is also available. Equipped with stationary bikes and a 3D movie, it’s a unique blend of physical activity and local history. Unlike a traditional museum, For the Kids, By George provides an unencumbered and tactile experience to keep kids interested and engaged.
Located in the Caperton Train Station on E. Martin Street, a large portion of the permanent exhibit is dedication to the history of the locomotive. Children can build lengthy tracks along the windows that look out on Martinsburg’s real train tracks. Exhibits explain the jobs of laborers, conductors, mail clerks, station agents and more. They can practice Morse code on a real telegraph or learn the cost of a train ticket. Toy money is even available behind the counter in an old wooden register, adding a bit of reality to the experience.
The Lego room is a popular feature according to several parents. A replica of Queen Street, made entirely of Legos is displayed across a long table where children can build and tear down whatever their heart desires. One father told me that they have spent hours in this room because his child loves it so much.
For the Kids, By George is an amazing and affordable museum that will provide hours of fun for children and families. For ticket pricing, check out their website. They also provide party package rates for anyone interested in hosting a birthday party at the museum. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook.
I would like to thank the museum for giving me a tour and for allowing me to take photos to share with our readers.
(Photo Credit: A. King)