You don’t have to wait for the new school year to start to find an opportunity for your kids to learn something new and important about American History. Before you little ones start rolling their eyes, tell them not to worry. We’ve got the perfect place for them to flex their American History buff muscle and have a great time.
At The National Constitution Center, there are so many fun things going on in the coming weeks, you may have to make more than one trip! For starters, for the next two Thursdays, August 19th (today!) and August 26th, you can partake in their Summer Nights:5 after 5 program. On these nights, the museum is holding extended hours, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and for only $5, visitors can enjoy the Center’s core exhibition, The Story of We the People, the award winning theater production, “Freedom Rising” (show times at 5, 6 and 7 pm) and a wide variety of interactive activities, guided tours and special programming.
In August, visitors can try on historical outfits and participate in a fashion show. During the “Growing Up, American Style” show, visitors can discover what home life, school and work were like for kids living at different time periods in our nation’s history. Families can also have fun learning about America’s past and present through arts and crafts projects and enjoying popular children’s games throughout history, including everything from classic stick and hoop games to some of the most popular gaming systems of today!
If you can’t make it out for the next two Thursdays, no worries: The National Constution Center has also planned special activities for the upcoming Labor Day weekend where your family can say goodbye to summer in style and participate in arts and crafts activities. For those looking for an opportunity to be a part of history themselves, consider attending the 2010 Liberty Medal Ceremony on September 13, 2010. This year’s prestigious Liberty Medal will be presented to British Prime Minister Tony Blair by President William J. Clinton, Chairman of the National Constitution Center. The Center’s Chairman and CEO, David Eisner, Governor Edward G. Rendell and Mayor Michael A. Nutter will also participate in the ceremony. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Ticketmaster at 866.492.6326 and are free. You can also gain free access to the museum all day on National Constitution Day, September 17th, and the Center’s new exhibition, Art of the American Soldier, opens on September 24th.
For more information about any of these events and activities, please visit http://constitutioncenter.org. You can find a full calendar of events under the Programs and Events tab, and yes, believe it or not, there is more than what’s mentioned above! So get ready to pack up your family and enjoy a day of history, learning and fun! In fact, a trip to The National Constitution Center offers so much fun, you don’t even need to tell your kids they’ll be learning something!