Family Fun

Lil' Rebels Heritage Areas

Free Family Fun and Children's Activities are Saturday 10:30AM to 5:00PM.

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival children's programming is underwritten in part by a grant from the Washington County Community Foundation's Arts Fund.

Each year, we strive to provide a unique hands-on educational experience for families and children that’s engaging and teaches them about the history of our community.  Family friendly activities are interwoven throughout the festival:

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival takes pride in the fact that we have something for every taste and that’s why it’s important that we provide family activities that are fun and entertaining, and (don’t tell the kids) they’re educational as well!

For the adventurous, there’s the wooden nickel scavenger hunt, an event that’s become a festival tradition. Kids of all ages visit historic sites throughout the festival, learning the history, and gather commemorative wooden nickels for a chance to win great prizes. Check below for a list of nickel locations.

There are interactive children’s activities in the Lil’ Rebels Heritage Area located in LeMoyne House Garden featuring history, magic, art, face painting, marionettes, an obstacle course, and more. The Frontier Fort Site in Washington Park will be hosting a petting zoo and pony rides.

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival children’s programming is underwritten in part by a grant from the Washington County Community Foundation’s Arts Fund.

Children can join in and participate in our frontier classroom learning to write with a quill pen, read from McGuffey Readers, write on slate, play 18th Century games such as rolling hoop, cup and ball, buzz saw, checkers and the like. On the home front, children learn about the role of youngsters on the frontier, trying their hands at the type of domestic chores required of children, such as egg gathering, fetching water, washing clothes with a tub and washboard and more.


The festival features professional 18th-century style:

Magic Show Performances

Puppet & Marionette shows

Juggling and Stilt Walking Demonstrations

Street Theater Performances

Take a free bus ride out to the Frontier Fort Site to visit the Lil Rebels Heritage Area in Washington Park. Come enjoy the Free pony rides and Free Frontier Petting Zoo. The whole family can mingle with re-enactors, learn about our region’s history and see craft and heritage demonstrations from the 18th-century. Out at the Washington Park you can visit with the regions top historical frontier life interpreters and educators and watch them demonstrate frontier skills and crafts, including open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, tin-smithing, carving and woodworking, quilting, flint-knapping, spinning, farming activities, and general frontier life. Native American interpreters teach the life skills of the eastern woodlands tribes of western Pennsylvania.

The festival also features displays by the region’s top family-friendly heritage sites and organizations, including The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Meadowcroft, Washington County Historical Society and many others.

It’s a chance to create memories your family will cherish for years to come!
Click Here for a Complete Festival Schedule

Back by popular demand:

Bob the Juggler will provide strolling entertainment – magic, stilt walking and juggling – in the downtown area between 10:30AM and 4:30PM.

Another crowd favorite:

Al Mazing will be strolling with his magic ostrich between 10:30AM and 3:30PM in the downtown area, with 45 minute Family Magic shows at 12:30PM and
2:30PM in the LeMoyne House Garden.

Returning this year:

The Grand Liberty Circus marionette theater will be performing at 11:30AM, 1:30PM, and 3:30PM in the LeMoyne House Garden.

Wooden Nickel Scavenger Hunt

Collect them all for your chance to win!
Saturday, 11:30AM to 5:00PM

Every year, the Wooden Nickel Scavenger Hunt is voted a festival family favorite. This year’s hunt again includes “The Mystery Nickel”. We will also have collectible nickels available at various locations throughout the festival. Collect as many wooden nickels as you can for the chance to win the community prize basket!

Mystery nickels and 2018 nickels will be distributed by street performers. The mystery is: which nickel will you get?

People who receive painted mystery nickels can redeem them for prizes at the Bradford House Museum Gift Shop Tent in front of the Main Pavilion. Everyone who collects any of the festival nickels can register to win the community prize basket at the Gift Shop Tent.

Nickel Locations:

Bradford House (Main Street)
LeMoyne House (Maiden Street)
Frontier Fort (Washington Park)
Gift Shop Tent (Community Pavilion)
Madeleine’s Garden Lil Rebels Children’s Area (Behind the LeMoyne House)

While Supplies Last.

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival children’s programming is underwritten in part by a grant from the Washington County Community Foundation’s Arts Fund.