11 Historical Ways to Spend Presidents' Day Weekend for Philly Kids

Events and Activities for President's Day in Philadelphia

Presidents' Day weekend is the time of year that Philly families enjoy a much-needed break during the throws of winter. Some may take a ski getaway or road trip, while others delight in a staycation. With so much history to offer, consider spending part of the holiday weekend by participating in some historic activities from our events calendar. These experiences not only entertain but also educate young and old alike. We have rounded up some of our favorites below.

Abraham Lincoln Birthday Commemoration- Philadelphia
Monday, February 13, 2017
Gather at Independence Square to recognize President Lincoln's tremendous commitment to equality.

Winter Storytelling- Philadelphia
Friday, February 17, Saturday, February 18, and Monday, February 20, 2017
Meet at the storytelling bench inside Independence Visitor Center to hear tales about the barriers broken down by courageous African American heroes.

Presidents' Day Weekend Fun- Philadelphia
Saturday, February 18-Monday, February 20, 2017
Explore the National Constitution Center to learn about the role of the Executive Branch of government. To recognize Presidents' Day, admission to the museum is free on Monday!

Presidents in Philadelphia Through the Years- Philadelphia
Saturday, February 18 and Monday, February 20, 2017
Learn about the presidents who have connections to the City of Brotherly Love during this ranger-led tour at the Independence Visitor Center.

The Early Presidents Gallery Tour- Philadelphia
Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, 2017
Before the selfie, there were paintings. View portraits of the first six United States presidents at the Second Bank of the U.S.

George Washington's Birthday Celebration- Washington Crossing
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Children can create birthday cards for our first President and watch as he slices his birthday cake with a sword at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

Colonial Chocolate Making- Philadelphia
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Ever wonder what types of treats people enjoyed during colonial times? Step back in time as visitors to the Betsy Ross House can watch chocolate being made as it was long ago.

Phillis the Washerwoman- Philadelphia
Monday, February 20, 2017
Visitors can return to the Betsy Ross House to meet Phillis the Washerwoman and hear her fascinating story through her eyes, the eyes of a free African American woman.

Free Admission to Benjamin Franklin Museum- Philadelphia
Monday, February 20, 2017
Visit the Benjamin Franklin Museum for free on Presidents' Day. Be sure to play a game or two of Presidential Quizzo and see how much you know about our presidents.

Family Day at the National Museum of Jewish American History- Philadelphia
Monday, February 20, 2017
Admission is free to the National Museum of Jewish American History. Visitors can expect to be greeted by George Washington, write letters with a quill pen, and participate in interactive discussions about religious freedom.

Washington's Birthday Party- King of Prussia
Monday, February 20, 2017
Head to Valley Forge National Historical Park as it celebrates George Washington's birthday with games, crafts, and Continental Army fun.

True history buffs should mark their calendars as Philadelphia welcomes the opening of the Museum of the American Revolution in April 2017.

Photo courtesy of Washington Crossing Historic Park.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 12.8484" N, 75° 8' 56.9148" W
Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Road
18977 Washington Crossing , PA 40° 17' 28.914" N, 74° 52' 8.4" W
Valley Forge National Historical Park
1400 North Outer Line Drive
19406 King of Prussia , PA 40° 6' 3.744" N, 75° 25' 19.1748" W
Independence Visitor Center
1 N Independence Mall W
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 5.3208" N, 75° 8' 59.6832" W
Benjamin Franklin Museum
143 S. 3rd Street
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 53.0376" N, 75° 8' 43.962" W
Independence Square
5th and Chestnut Streets
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 58.074" N, 75° 9' 6.8652" W
Independence Visitor Center
1 N Independence Mall W
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 5.3208" N, 75° 8' 59.6832" W
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 1.0296" N, 75° 8' 54.7692" W