Who inspired the name for the famous toy Lincoln Logs?
Who coined the term OK?
Who inspired the creation of teddy bears?
The answers to each of these questions is a different President. The position, role and impact of the POTUS has shaped our nation’s progress (as well as our culture). The beauty of living in New Jersey is that we do have a phenomenal amount of quality learning opportunities. From living museums to historical locations, your family has the ability to actually walk in the footsteps of our founding fathers.
This year, take advantage of another holiday that’s dedicated to the accomplishments of all of our Presidents. Have some birthday cake, wear period clothing or meet reenactors, but definitely enjoy the history that surrounds us every day at one of these unique events. And just in case you were curious, the answers are Abraham Lincoln inspired the name for Lincoln Logs, Van Buren was known as “Old Kinderhook” and Theodore Roosevelt didn’t kill a bear cub which inspired the creation of teddy bear as a childhood toy.
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Brain Boosting President’s Day Events
George Washington’s Birthday Celebration
Historic Allaire Village, Farmingdale
February 19, 11 am – 3pm
Cost: General Admission
Enjoy a visit to this living historical museum as they embark on celebrating George Washington’s birthday. A special program will take place at 12pm in the Chapel.
Family FUNDay: Our Presidents
Crane House & Historic YWCA, Montclair
February 12, 1-4pm
Cost: $10 per family
Using hands on activities and crafts, children can learn about past presidents. From the scavenger hunt to weaving demonstrations to the Rules of Civility by the hearth, there will be plenty for families to enjoy as well as learn.
Morris Museum, Morristown
February 20 12-2pm
Cost: General Admission
After walking through the Mega Model Trains and the Brick Art exhibit, you can bring the kids to see the historical paintings of Washington and Lincoln. As well, they will be hosting a special workshop.
Grover Cleveland Birthplace
February 20 1-4 pm
Visit the home of the only US President born in the United States, Grover Cleveland! His home is open to the public on President’s Day, where you can learn about this Jersey native. Learning about the history of his youth is further enhanced as children can try on period clothing. At 1:30 pm, there will be a special book signing by local author Louis Picone with his book “Where the Presidents were Born” at the Birthplace Museum in the Gallery Room.
George Washington Birthday Party
The Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum, Titusville
February 19 10am-12pm
Are looking for a historical birthday party? Have some cake and sing Happy Birthday to the first President at 1pm! There will be lots of children’s activities including making a birthday card for George.
George Washington Birthday Celebration
The Dey Mansion, Wayne
February 19 11am-4pm
Cost: $5.00 per person, children 6 years of age and under are free.
Have some birthday cake to celebrate George Washington’s birthday! There will be special guests from the New Jersey militia as well as 18th century dancing, music and demonstrations. At this presidential event children can walk in Washington’s footsteps.
America, We Served! Three Centuries of African American Soldiers
The Old Barracks, Trenton
February 25-26 10 am-5 pm
Adults-$4 | Students/Seniors-$2 | Family Rate-$8
Learn about the brave African-American soldiers with the assistance of reenactors and living historians. Sponsored by the Trenton Historical Society, various regiments will be represented.
Abraham Lincoln Remembered
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown
February 20, 10 am-5 pm
Cost: $6 per child (museum members) and $8 per child (non-members). Accompanying adult FREE.
This is a fun activity where the family can learn about Abraham Lincoln’s Whistle Stop train trip that brought him to Washington D.C. There will be an art activity for this program recommended for children ages 7-12.
President’s Day Craft
Imagine That, Florham Park
February 18 & 19, 10 am-5:30 pm
Cost: General Admission
If you are looking for someplace to bring the kids to run around then Imagine That as a fun location with hands on learning opportunities; however, during President’s Weekend you can bring the kids to make a special Presidential craft too.
The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia
Cost: FREE, courtesy of TD Bank
During President’s Day weekend, the National Constitution Center rolls out the red carpet of learning activities so that children can develop a deeper appreciation of the President’s role. On Monday, there are Presidential Costume Contests to activity tables to the Kids Town Hall where they can meet Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. There is plenty of fun opportunities here!
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