Our family participates in historical re enactments. We started with visiting historical sites, forts, & events. Our oldest son really wanted to participate in the events too. When the kids were 6 and 4 we signed up with a local group that commemorates the local battles from the War of 1812. We now also are members of a French & Indian War re enactment group as well. Being re enactors has brought history to life for us, & for the many visitors we get to talk with at each event. Experiencing what is what really like in Colonial days, including sleeping in canvas tents, cooking over a fire, carrying water for the troops, wearing wool dresses in the hot sun, & watching my husband and son out on the battlefield has been incredible for our entire family.
We've been able to visit forts and historical sites all across the Northeast & go inside in the evenings when they are closed to visitors to participate in English country dances or listen to bagpipers as the sun goes down over the fort walls is just like stepping back in time.