Old Town might not sound like the hip, cool place to bring a wild and curious bunch of kids. But, it’s just that…and more! From kid-friendly farmer’s markets to consignment shops galore, there are so many hot spots in this Alexandria, Virginia enclave that you’ll need to make multiple trips just to soak it all in. Here’s where to get started.

Alexandria Archaeology

If your kids are fascinated with digging in the dirt be sure to check out what Alexandria was like when all the streets were made of cobblestones. Focused on a dig at the corner of Lee and Queen Streets, kiddos can see what life was like in the 18th and 19th century. They can even try their hand at a little archaeology by putting some plates back together, (don’t worry, they were broken in 2000!) and exploring on their own with a Discovery Kit. Weaving a story of bakers, fishermen, families and outdoor plumbing, little ones can see life before cell phones, cars, and indoor toilets. Oh my!
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St. (Alexandria, Va)
703-746-4399
Online: alexandriava.gov

Photo: Torpedo Factory Art Center via Facebook

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—Hilary Riedemann and Ayren Jackson-Cannady