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Youth & Family Programs

Programs geared toward audiences of all ages! 

Candlelight at the Old State Capitol

Candlelight at the Old State Capitol

November 9, 2023, 5:00 - 8:00 pm EST

300 Broadway St., Frankfort, KY 40601

Cost: FREE

The annual Candlelight holiday event holds a special place in the hearts of Frankfort residents. This year, the Kentucky Historical Society joins the celebration from the Old State Capitol -- the heart of the city – with choirs on the steps, family-friendly activities inside, and the magnificent tree lighting on its lawn. Take a tour of the building to see it decorated in a traditional Victorian style for the holidays.

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Day Camps

Make, play, and investigate history at our signature week-long program for ages 6-12. Participants explore KHS exhibits, meet special guest speakers, collaborate with new friends, create art inspired by history, and engage in hands-on games and activities. With small class sizes, quality supplies, and top-notch teachers, campers will have a great time learning about Kentucky's history.

Winter Camp: My Old Kentucky Home for the Holidays

Winter Break Camp: My Old Kentucky Home for the Holidays

December 18-22, 2023, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Address: 100 Broadway St. Frankfort, KY 40601

Cost: $45 Non-Members, $40 Members per day

Ages: 6-12

Register for one day or all five! Drop off the kids for a day of fun and get your holiday shopping finished! 

This winter break, we want YOU to help us keep morale high for those far from their "Old Kentucky" home this holiday season! Investigate Kentucky's historic holiday traditions and see how service men and women have modified them. Share traditional treats enjoyed by military personnel by making chocolates. Perform USO-style seasonal carols to get friends and family in the holiday spirit. Explore how Kentucky's military families have kept in touch by writing letters, sending telegrams, and care packages. Take the challenge of sorting military mail so it gets home in time! End the week with a Kentucky tradition as old as time...a SNOWBALL FIGHT! Spots are limited, so join our ranks before it's too late!

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Girl Scout Workshops

Explore history hands-on and express creativity while earning a badge. KHS partners with Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road to offer Girl Scouts regularly scheduled badge workshops. These programs cover many themes, including historic crafts, visual arts, performing arts, family history, games, communication, music, STEAM, and more!

Girl Scout Workshops

KHS partners with Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road to offer regularly-scheduled badge workshops for Girl Scouts. Information and registration can be accessed via the links above. Have questions? Contact

2023-2024 offerings include:

  • August 12: Brownie’s Celebrating Community 
  • September 16: Junior’s Playing the Past 
  • October 13-14: MEdia Journey Overnight at the Museum 
  • November 4: Junior’s Inside Government 
  • December 2: Cadette’s Democracy in Action 
  • February 10: Junior’s Playing the Past 
  • March 9: Junior’s Inside Government 
  • April 13: Brownie’s Celebrating Community 
  • May 18: Cadette’s Democracy in Action