Who is your favorite president? Come up with three reasons for your choice.
IN THE CLASSROOM
- Interactive Constitution: Explore Article II and the Executive Branch of government on this free online tool, featuring materials by top constitutional scholars
- Video: A part of our Constitution Hall Pass video lesson series, our “Executive Branch” episode traces the history of the American presidency
- Lesson Plan: The Destination: White House lesson provides an in-depth look at presidential elections, specifically the role of television commercials in campaigning
- Lesson Plan: February's Civics in Literature lesson features selected stories and activities that are perfect for Presidents Day
- Crafts: Download and decorate these presidential masks—a great activity for younger students!
- Quiz: Can you pass our 10 question quiz on the American presidents?
- On our blog: Learn the history behind the holiday with this informative article
- From our archives: In this video four leading experts explained how each American President has confronted and shaped the Constitution, at a special National Constitution event on May 16, 2016
- From our partners: Play Executive Command, an educational computer game from our friends at iCivics
AT THE MUSEUM
Visitors can participate in a presidential festival while learning about the role of the president and what it takes to be commander in chief during the National Constitution Center’s Presidents Day Weekend celebration, Saturday, February 16, through Monday, February 18. Throughout the weekend, the Center will host a variety of entertaining, educational programs for the whole family, including presidential trivia where visitors can test their knowledge of America’s 45 presidents, craft stations, story corners, and more. Through other interactive programming, visitors considering their own path to the White House can experience all the ins and outs of the election process and a presidential campaign.
On Presidents Day Monday, visitors can attend a Kids Town Hall with Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt who will answer visitors’ questions, such as: “How did George Washington set the standard for the role of president of the United States?” and “Did George Washington really have wooden teeth?” The presidential reenactors will be available to pose for pictures and sign autographs. At the conclusion of the Town Hall program, the “presidents” will judge the Center’s annual kids Presidential Costume Contest. Additional featured programs include the Presidential Portrait Challenge, which engages visitors with life-sized portraits of American presidents, and a Voting Booth Activity, where visitors can step inside an actual voting booth to cast a vote for their favorite president.
Special Programs for Presidents Day: Monday
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Story Corner is designed to engage our youngest visitors with fascinating tales about Presidents and African American Heroes.
Presidential Costume Contest
Registration in Main Lobby
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Children are encouraged to come to the National Constitution Center dressed as a U.S. president or First Lady to enter the Center’s presidential costume contest. Children ages 12 and under are eligible to participate. The most original costume, as judged by a panel of presidential reenactors, will be awarded a family membership, valued at $95. Winners will be selected during the noon Kids Town Hall program.
Kids Town Hall: Meet the Presidents
Visitors can participate in a special Kids Town Hall with some very famous guests –Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. The Presidents will be available to sign autographs and for photo opportunities before and after the program!
Weekend Long Activities
Constitution 101: The Presidency and Article II
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
At this interactive show, visitors explore Article II and the duties and requirements of the executive office, take part in “Who am I?’ questions as well as presidential role-play scenarios.
Breaking Barriers Show
10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m.
The interactive Breaking Barriers show examines the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and other groundbreaking African-Americans throughout American history—providing insight into the struggles they faced and the rights they secured for all citizens. Their inspiring stories reveal how one individual’s civic actions can impact a nation.
Hail to the Chief Quiz Game
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Visitors can learn about the role of the president and the history of the executive branch during the Hail to the Chief Quiz Game. Participants will race against the clock to answer questions from a variety of categories, including “Before They Were President,” “Elections and Inaugurations,” and “Presidential Pets.”
Giant Game Board Activity
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As part of our interactive daily programming in February, visitors can test their knowledge of African-American history at our Giant Game Board.
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Visitors can make and take home crafts including Washington and Lincoln hats, model and campaign buttons. Visitors can also decorate magnets featuring heroes from African American History.