Van Cortlandt Park

Back to Event List

Adventures in Time Summer History Camp

Thursday, August 22, 2019

9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.

This event repeats every day between 8/19/2019 and 8/23/2019.

Please note: This event has already taken place. Please use the Search options on the right to find upcoming events.

Embark on an adventure back in time at Van Cortlandt House Museum this summer at our Summer History Camp. Your child will learn about the Van Cortlandt Family’s and New York City’s important roles in the formation of our country all while having fun.

About Adventures in Time Summer History Camp

Adventures in Time Summer History Camp is open to all children with a sense of adventure who have completed 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grade (or the equivalent) in the Spring of 2018.  

Campers are immersed in the everyday life of a child in the 18th century as they wear period-style clothing and make and play with 18th-century toys and games. Typical chores such as churning butter, cooking, gathering wood, and hauling water are all part of the full History Camp experience. Children will also travel in time back to the early years of the Revolutionary War and experience the life of a soldier in General George Washington’s army. They will lend a hand with pitching tents and setting up camp. “Enlistment” in the army, military drill, and reconnaissance are also part of the action.

The camp is lead by Van Cortlandt House Museum’s professional staff, talented living history volunteers, and college students studying material culture and history. Daily activities for  Adventures in Time Summer History Camp are designed in keeping with New York State 4th grade curriculum standards and are appropriate for children ages 6 - 12.  Campers bring their own lunches but Van Cortlandt House Museum provides daily snacks and drinking water.   Adventures in Time is a technology-free experience. Campers may bring a cell phone with them to camp but all phones will be left with the administrative staff in the Welcome Center/Office during camp hours. 


We encourage early enrollment, as camp space is limited and enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis. For registration information, please visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum's website.

Van Cortlandt House Museum is owned by NYC Parks, operated by The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York, and is a member of The Historic House Trust of New York City.


Van Cortlandt House Museum in Van Cortlandt Park
Broadway at West 246th Street
Directions to this location
Location Details:
Enter the park at the pedestrian entrance at Broadway and West 246th Street.


$300.00 per child per week. Discounts available for additional children from the same family or for more than one week.

Event Organizer

Van Cortlandt House Museum

Contact Number

(718) 543-3344

Contact Email


History, Best for Kids

Directions to Van Cortlandt Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Barbecuing AreasVan Cortlandt Park

Due to construction at Broadway and West 242nd Street, the entrance near the subway is closed. Please access the park at the stairway adjacent to the public comfort station (Broadway & Manhattan College Parkway). There is an accessible entrance at the end of the block. The barbecuing area at Van Cortlandt Park has temporarily been moved behind the Nature Center. For more information on the progress of this construction project, please visit our Capital Project Tracker page.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2020

Hiking TrailsPutnam Trail

The Putnam Greenway Trail is currently closed for construction. For north-south access, runners and pedestrians can use the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (enter at Mosholu Parkway & Van Cortlandt Park South), and bicyclists and pedestrians can use Broadway. For more information on the progress of this construction project, please visit our Capital Project Tracker page.

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2020

Outdoor PoolsVan Cortlandt

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this pool is closed for the 2020 season.

Was this information helpful?