Three great American Presidents – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt – will visit with children at the annual Presidents’ Day Birthday Bash Monday, February 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Come explore how the Founding Fathers influenced New Bedford history, participate in a scavenger hunt, create your own soap scrimshaw, and more. Children will have the opportunity to dress as their favorite president and have their photograph taken beside the famous Resolute Desk, created from the same ship’s timbers as the one used in the Oval Office.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Presidents’ Day events in the Jacobs Family Gallery and Wattles Family Gallery are free. Regular admission rates apply to all other museum galleries.
Presidents’ Day kicks off a week of events for school vacation week that includes special tours and hands-on activities each day, culminating with “All aboard the Lagoda” on Friday, February 21.
Monday, February 17: Presidents’ Day
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Crafts & Activities for Kids
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Storytelling with President Lincoln
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Dress as a President; take your photo beside the Resolute Desk
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Program with Teddy Roosevelt. Bring your favorite teddy bear for photos with the president.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Happy Birthday sing-along and birthday cake with the Presidents!
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Screening of “Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass in New Bedford,” Theater.
Tuesday – Friday, February 18-21
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Create your own soap scrimshaw; crafts, games and more. Free.
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Join a 45-minute highlights tour with a Museum Docent. Tours leave from the front desk. Regular admission rates apply.
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Go below deck on the Lagoda! Regular admission rates apply.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Join a 45-minute highlights tour with a Museum Docent. Tours leave from the front desk. Regular admission rates apply.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Screening of “Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass in New Bedford”, Cook Memorial Theater. Free.
Friday, February 21
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: All aboard the Lagoda! Join the crew of Captain C. Weade onboard the Lagoda for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling. Regular admission rates apply.