Family Fun at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
The Museum offers a number of programs designed for kids and families. There is something new and fun to explore each time you come visit. Get your hands wet tonging for oysters at a waterman's shanty, spend the night in an 1879 lighthouse, or learn to sail a boat. We have something special for every family member to enjoy.
Summer Sailing Program
Pre-registration required. Contact
Helen Van Fleet at
Junior Sailing, ages 8-16
Boater Safety Program
Individuals and families with children over age 12 are welcome to participate in our Boater's Safety certification program and learn the basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. Graduates of our two-day Department of Natural Resources-approved course are awarded a certificate that is good for life.
6-10pm, $25 per two-evening session. Pre-registration required to Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941
Summer Kids Club
$125 members, $150 non-members
4-5 year olds:
6-7 year olds:
Lighthouse Overnight Adventures
For youth groups, children's organizations, and scouts, ages 8-12 (and their chaperones)
Under the guidance of a museum educator, youth group participants experience the rustic life of a lighthouse keeper while spending the night in the historic 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, located on the museum’s 18-acre campus along the St. Michaels Harbor.
The program is offered Fridays and Saturdays, April through June and again in the fall, with advanced reservations recommended.
Twelve to fifteen children and their chaperones can participate in the program. Kids ages 8-12 travel back through time to explore the adventurous, exciting, and sometimes dangerous life of a late 19th-century lighthouse keeper. Through educator-led activities, participants try their hand at the keeper's traditional duties, listen to stories, and discover facts and clues about living in a lighthouse, navigation, and Bay history through games and puzzles.
Built in 1879, the screwpile, cottage-style lighthouse once lit the way past Hooper Strait, nearly 39 miles south of St. Michaels. The lighthouse was slated for demolition in 1966, when the museum purchased the lighthouse and moved it to its current location. The lighthouse is one of only three of its kind still in existence on the Chesapeake.
The program fee is $40 per person, with a 12-person minimum, 18-person maximum. The fee includes one overnight stay in the lighthouse, a dedicated museum facilitator, the cost of program activities, two days admission to the museum, and a souvenir patch. Subject to seasonal availability, the museum’s replica buyboat, Mister Jim will take participants out on a scenic cruise along the Miles River as part of the program.
October 4, 2013
Participation in the Lighthouse Overnight program fulfills requirements to for the Lighthouse Badge and completes an activity for The Chesapeake Bay Patch. For more information, contact the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey Lighthouse Badge & Interest Project by phone at 732-821-9090, or visit GSCM.org.
Children ages 4-9 can fill their Saturdays with two hours of fun-filled and challenging hands-on games, arts and crafts, and storytelling at the Museum’s ChesAdventures Program. Each Chesapeake-themed class has two sessions; 10-12noon for 4-6 year olds, and 1-3pm for 7-9 year olds.
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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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