Hands-on History

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is bringing the popular annual Presidents' Day Family Festival into your homes and online classrooms through hands-on crafts and activities for all ages, including adults! From campaign buttons and Mercury spacecraft to White House china and zines, there's something for everyone. Instructions have been modified to accommodate supplies you might have at home. Explore American history through materials from the archival collections of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Activities are organized into several themes that you can choose from. Visit this page again soon for more hands-on history activities!  

Hands-on History: Space

President Kennedy set a goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts—Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.—realized President Kennedy's dream. Follow American astronauts from the first sub-orbital flight to the first steps on the Moon with hands-on space activities.

Hands-on History: President Kennedy and the Sea

John F. Kennedy had a lifelong love of the sea. He enjoyed sailing from a young age and even taught his siblings and wife, Jacqueline, to sail on his own sailboat, the Victura. Explore President Kennedy's passion for the sea with hands-on nautical crafts.