Family Fun

There’s so much for families to do at Heritage Square.  Your adventure starts with a kid-friendly tour of the Rosson House as you work for your Junior Historian badge. Then, drop in at Handcrafted* for DIY activities using our antique tools and machines.

And field trips aren’t just for schools any more. If your school doesn’t come here, join us for Experience Life in 1900 for the whole family.  Your tour includes a child-friendly tour of the Rosson House, learn to do chores the old-fashioned way, look at photos from Phoenix in the early days and play 19th century games. Don’t miss out on this hands-on journey to the past.

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* Handcrafted may not be suitable for children under 6.

Become a Junior Historian!

Ask for an Junior Historian activity booklet at the museum store and enjoy the scavenger hunt activity as you tour the Rosson House with your guide. Learn more about architecture, food, clothing and even chores as you complete additional activities and explore the square on your own.

Once your scavenger hunt and five activities are completed, bring your booklet back to the museum store where you will take the Junior Historian Pledge and receive your special patch.

Modeled on the Junior Ranger program at national parks, the Junior Historian program was created by 13-year-old history enthusiast Sadie for Heritage Square.


Families with Young Children

Please know that young children (under 4) sometimes find the tour of the Rosson House Museum challenging. The tour of the museum will last approximately one hour. Visitors are asked not to touch artifacts and to stay with the group.

A few things that might make the visit easier for your young child
– give your child a soft toy or object to carry through the museum
– before arriving, discuss the concept of “looking with our eyes not our hands”
– if your child gets antsy, encourage them to sit on the floor or to ask a question

Craft Activities

Looking for an educational activity for the kids? Check out the the craft instructions below for historically themed crafts and educational information about Phoenix history.

Make an adobe brick 

Make your own fancywork 

Make a hidden valentine 

Make a paper pressman’s hat

Make a dragonfly clothespin

Make a bottle cap ornament 

Make a snowflake ornament