Museum hours: Mon-Sat: 10a.m. - 5p.m. | Sun: noon - 5p.m.

History on the Go


The Teach-In program sends History Center staff to teach within individual classrooms. The highlight of the program is the use of popular games and toys as the medium for teaching history. Through exploratory play, students are learning about historical topics and making connections between past and present.

The Teach-In program aligns with Florida Standards and includes a one-hour lesson per class. The program is designed to serve one whole grade level and may require multiple dates, depending on the number of classes and academic schedules.

Two program themes are available:

Native AmericansFlorida Statehood

Native Americans

(Recommended for grades 2 and 4)
Focuses on the Timucuan and Seminoles’ way of life and their interaction and exchange with explorers and American settlers. Activities include Legos, building blocks, magnetic shapes, and a take-home craft. Download the Native American lesson plan here.

Florida Statehood

(Recommended for grade 4)
Focuses on European explorers, countries that have governed Florida, pioneer life, and state animals and symbols. Activities include Legos, Lincoln Logs, Sorry Sliders, and a Spot It! style matching game. Download the Florida Statehood lesson plan here.

Cost: $250 per grade level up to eight classes. Please note that a mileage fee will be incurred for bookings more than 30 miles from the History Center.

Plays and Puppet Shows

Cow and Horse Pioneer Puppet Show

(Recommended for pre-K through grade 1)
Buckaroo the horse and his bovine friend, Cowabunga, take students back to the early days of pioneers in an interactive show filled with fun and facts about the Florida frontier. 30 minutes. Download the Cow and Horse lesson plan here.

Cost: $150 for up to 125 students.

Habitat Hullabaloo Puppet Show

(Recommended for pre-K through grade 1)
Explore life in the swamp with Chompz the alligator and Bandit the raccoon as they compare survival stories, learn to cooperate, and contend with pesky pioneer Bunk Baxter. 30 minutes. Download the Habitat Hullabaloo lesson plan here.

Cost: $150 for up to 125 students.



Pioneer Portraits

(Recommended for grades 2 and up)
Our photographer Snap Shot is taking portraits of famous folks from Florida history. Look through the “lens” and discover how each influential individual helped shape Central Florida. 30 minutes. Download the Pioneer Portraits lesson plan here.

Choose one set of characters:
A.) Bessie Coleman, Zora Neale Hurston, Clara C. Frye, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ray Charles
B.) Estevanico, Lawrence Silas, Ray Charles, Josiah Wells, Zora Neale Hurston
C.) Osceola, T.G Lee, Dr. Philip Phillips, Bone Mizell, Edna Giles Fuller

Cost: $150 for up to 125 students.

Cracker Family

(Recommended for grades 2 and up)
Pests, maladies, cookin’ and bickerin’ are all in a day’s worth of homesteading for this Florida Cracker family. Help them prepare for a trip to town amidst a lively repartee chronicling existence on the 19th-century Florida frontier. 30-45 minutes. Download the Cracker Family lesson plan here.

Cost: $250 for up to 125 students.

First Contact: La Florida

(Recommended for grades 3 and up)
Two worlds collide as Juan Ponce de León first sets foot in Florida in the 16th century. Students participate in the fateful introduction of European culture in Native American territory as Ponce and his Timucuan counterpart strive to communicate, connect, and cooperate. 30-45 minutes. Download the First Contact lesson plan here.

Cost: $250 for up to 125 students.


For more information, contact Amanda Parish Walters, at or call 407-836-8376.

Orange County Public Schools are offered History on the Go programs free of charge thanks to a grant by United Arts of Central Florida. Please click here to download an application for the chance to have your History on the Go program funded. Schools will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Only Orange County Public Schools are eligible.