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Best Ways to Learn About Presidential and American History in Seattle

February 18, 2013 5:00 AM

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(photo credit: thinkstock)

For some, learning about the U. S. presidential leaders and American history while growing up was a boring chore. Some teachers just don’t know how to make the topic fun or exciting. However, more resources are available to us to help raise some interest. In honor of Presidents Day, here are five great ways to bring history alive to parents and children alike.

Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-1768
www.thechildrensmuseum.org

Located in the heart of the Seattle Center, the Seattle’s Children Museum has a whole day of events of family fun on Presidents Day. Children will learn stories about presidents like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, dream about what it would be like if they ruled the Oval Office, create a pendant of a favorite president and even learn how to make a cherry pie to take home!

Hands On Children’s Museum
414 Jefferson St. N.E.
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 956-0818
www.hocm.org

Everything in the newly opened Hands On Children’s Museum is meant to be touched providing an excellent learning environment for youngsters and their families. On President’s Day, the museum is offering a special craft project for every child that attends between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. They will be making Presidential cameo necklaces with red, white and blue beads.

Related: Best 2013 Museum Exhibits To Look Forward To In Seattle

Museum Of Flight
9404 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-5720
www.museumofflight.org

Sure, presidents make a big historical impact, but they must stop to eat sometimes. See the first presidential jet plane created by Boeing at the Museum of Flight and get an idea what it feels like to live as the president. The Air Force One, otherwise known as the “flying oval office” was built in 1959 and carried presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. The museum is also rich in aircraft history as well and is designed to be enjoyed by all ages.


Seattle Art Museum

1300 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3100
www.seattleartmuseum.org

The Seattle Art Museum is not usually open on holidays (or Mondays), but is making an exception for President’s Day. If you have never been to the downtown location, be sure to plan for a full day as this museum is huge. The facility is truly beautiful in itself, but also holds amazing works including new acquisitions of early American art. To complete you day, stop for lunch at the TASTE Restaurant and stop at the SAM Shop for a souvenir.

Klondike Gold Rush
319 2nd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 220-4240
www.nps.gov

Use Presidents Day as an opportunity to learn a bit about a different era of local history. Experience what is like to be in the middle of the famed Gold Rush of 1897-98 in the northwest at the Klondike Gold Rush National Park. Filled with interactive exhibits, this museum offers insights on that Seattle played during this time. You are also given the chance to view real journals of actual stampeders.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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