President’s Day is Monday, February 20th. It honors the birth and accomplishments of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. While the holiday can get lost in the consumerism of sales, why not set aside this day to give your little one a glimpse into these important figures in our history? Below are some local events as well as some that require travelling, but will be well worth it!
If weather permits, jump on the train and take your little one on a self guided walking tour of “George Washington’s NY”. History loving kids will love to learn that New York City was once the capital of the nation, and the tour will take you to the spot of Washington’s inauguration. You can download the map and guide here for free.
Presidents Day Trivia Contest for Teens
Teens are invited to come to the library on Monday February 20th from 4 to 4:45pm to participate in a trivia contest based on Presidential facts and there are prizes to be won!
Where: 1637 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway, Queens, (718) 327 2549
When: Monday, February 20th, 4:00pm – 4:45pm
The DiMenna Children’s History Museum (housed inside the NY Historical Society) is hosting an event called Looking at Lincoln on Monday February 20th at 1:00pm where artist and author, Maira Kalman, will read her picture book Looking at Lincoln. Kids will love hearing about Lincoln’s childhood in a log cabin and his rise to become on of our most important Presidents.
Where: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), NYC, (212) 873-3400
The Morris-Jummel Mansion in Washington Heights invites families to come celebrate George Washington’s Birthday by touring the Mansion, making a birthday card for Washington, trying on colonial costumes and taking part in a scavenger hunt. The event takes place on Saturday February 18th from 11am to 4pm and is free, open to all ages and no advanced registration is required.
Where: Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC, (212) 923-8008
To prepare your little one for the holiday and do some learning from home, you can visit various homeshooling websites to glean free resources like this George Washington coloring book page and lots of other activities that you can do with your son or daughter.
By: Christine Concetta Gibson