Children's Programs


Year-round programs

Each of the programs below includes a guided tour of the Walt Whitman Birthplace. Scouts may apply the following programs toward earning badges from either Nassau County or Suffolk County Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Carolyn Diglio, (631) 427-5240 ext. 113 or







 Make A Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatchers were originally made by the children of Native American tribes, such as the Cherokee. To Native Americans, dreams were messages sent by sacred spirits. Learn the legend of how dreamcatchers worked and create your very own. This program is well-suited for Junior Girl Scouts and Webelos Boy Scouts.

$9.00/person (minimum fee $115.00)                                                             Estimated time: 1 ½ hours









Make A Cornhusk Figure

Wherever corn was grown as a crop, children in both Native American and Colonial American families used husks to fashion dolls.  With a knowledgeable interpreter, fashion your own cornhusk figure—either boy or girl.  Learn the legend of the cornhusk figure—why did it not have a face?  This program is well-suited for Junior Girl Scouts

$9.00/person (minimum fee $115.00)
Estimated time: 1 ½ hours








Victorian Tea Party

Join the party! This fun and informative program includes role-playing while teaching social skills, self-esteem and confidence. Children learn dining manners during their snack of iced tea or apple juice
and a delicious baked item. They practice table setting and make their own place cards. This program is well-suited for Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts.

$9.00/person (minimum fee $115.00)
Estimated time: 1 ½ hours









Tea For Teens    ~NEW PROGRAM

Learn the history of the afternoon tea and the etiquette that makes it a special occasion! Tables will be set with elegant china cups, saucers, teapots and flowers on lovely tablecloths. The brewing of loose tea will be demonstrated and a delicious baked item served.

The program not only teaches dining manners, self-esteem and confidence, but also updates social skills to the 21st century! Learn communication manners--no cell phones while eating! Practice personal introductions! Adults are invited to participate.

A guided tour of the home in which Walt Whitman was born follows the tea.

The program is well-suited for Senior Girl Scouts and teens 12-16 years old.

$9:00/teen  (Minimum fee: $115.00)
$5.00/adult participant
Estimated time: 1 1/2 hours

Contact: Carolyn. 631-427-5240, ext. 113 or
(Scouts may apply the program towards earning badges from either Nassau County or Suffolk County Girl Scouts)

Poetry Daze

Meet a published poet!  Discuss how a poet finds inspiration to write a poem.  All are encouraged to let their imagination and creativity soar through actually writing poetry and sharing it with the group.  Participants will have fun while building awareness of language and enhancing their comprehension skills. This program is well-suited for Junior Girl Scouts.

$9.00/person (minimum fee $110.00)
Estimated time: 1 ½ hours

Group Tour

With a knowledgeable interpreter, tour an authentically furnished 19th century farmhouse, the Walt Whitman Birthplace, home of America’s greatest poet.  See the room in which he was born.  In the Interpretive Center view the exhibits and hear a recording of Walt’s voice reading his poem, America.

Estimated time: 1 ½ hours

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