Family Fun

Lil' Rebels Heritage Area located in LeMoyne House Garden

Free Family Fun and Children's Activities are Saturday 11:30AM to 4:00PM.

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival children's programming is underwritten in part by a grant from the Washington County Community Foundation Art Fund and with the sponsorship support of Pathways.

Each year, the Whiskey Rebellion Festival strives to provide a unique hands-on educational experience for children that’s engaging and entertaining yet teaches them about the history of our community.  Fun family-friendly activities are interwoven throughout the festival.

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 gathering 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 Li’l 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 hosts a free petting zoo and pony rides.

Children can participate in our frontier classroom, learning to write with a quill pen, read from McGuffey Readers, and do lessons on a slate. They can play 18th century games, such as rolling hoop, cup and ball, buzz saw, stilts, and checkers. 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 rug beating.

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The festival features professional 18th-century style:

Magic Show Performances

Marionette shows

Juggling and Stilt Walking Demonstrations

Street Theater Performances

Take a free bus ride out to the Frontier Fort Site to visit the Li’l Rebels Heritage Area in Washington Park. Come enjoy the FREE pony rides and FREE 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 region’s 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:

A new cast of marionettes from Robert Rogers Puppet Company will present The Adventures of Orlando Furioso at 11:30AM, 1:30PM, and 3:30PM in the LeMoyne House Garden.

New This Year:

Free face-painting from 11:30AM to 3:30PM.

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.  Collectible nickels are available at various locations throughout the festival. Collect one each of the 5 different wooden nickels for a chance to win the community prize basket!   You keep the nickels as souvenirs!

Everyone who collects any of the 5 festival nickels can register to win the community prize basket at the Gift Shop Tent until 6:00PM Saturday.  (1 entry per nickel collected; maximum 5 entries per person)  The winning entry will be drawn and announced at 6:45PM Saturday at the Festival Main Stage.

Nickel Locations:

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

While Supplies Last.

Mystery nickels and 2019 nickels will be distributed by street performers.

What is a mystery nickel?  It’s a painted nickel that entitles you to a prize. Mystery nickels can be redeemed for prizes at the Gift Shop Tent in front of the Main Pavilion until closing on Saturday evening.

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