Presidents’ Day: Why It’s Celebrated and How to Enjoy it With Your Kids

Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the third Monday of February. It honors the Presidents of the United States, including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. While schools and some businesses are closed, there are many ways to enjoy Presidents’ Day with your kids! Here are a few ideas:

Watch documentaries or movies about them: Learn more about the presidents by watching documentaries or movies about them. For example, you can watch the biographical film “Lincoln” or the historical drama “All the President’s Men.” Children love movies, and so must you. It’s a perfect way to spend quality time together eating popcorn while learning more about the heroes. Some kids are more fond of visual representations, so movies and documentaries can help them catch on to subjects and remember details. 

Take a trip to your local library or bookstore and check out some books on the US presidents. Older kids might enjoy reading about the presidential election process. You can also find plenty of resources online. You can also find websites with a section for kids with games, stories, and activities about the presidents.

Visit a nearby museum or historical site. Many museums offer free admission on Presidents’ Day weekend. Check their websites or give them a call to find out what’s happening. If you can’t make it this weekend, try to schedule a visit during the week. There are also plenty of virtual tours and online exhibits available if you can’t make it to a museum in person.

Set up a quiz: After you and your children have learned about Presidents Day and gathered enough information about different presidents, maybe it’s time to make up a quiz. Keep your younger ones busy and hand out a bar of chocolate or candy for each correct answer.

Take a walk outside: If the weather is nice, take a walk or hike and look for monuments or statues of presidents. Meanwhile, you can read a book to your kids about presidents or tell them stories you have heard from your elders.

Make some presidential-themed crafts, or try your hand at making a presidential portrait. You can set up a little competition between the family members and give out a treat to the team that makes a better portrait.

Write a letter to the president: This is a great way for kids to learn about the president and his policies. They can also get their creative juices flowing by writing a letter to the president about what they would change if they were in charge.

Do presidential skits: Role-playing is a fun way to learn about history. Write a short play in which your kids are involved in playing prudential roles. What will be more fun is to ask your kids to choose their favourite president and research them, for example, how they used to dress or talk or similar actions that they can mimic.