The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum offers several family-oriented activities and programs throughout February vacation week, including the annual signature Presidents’ Day Family Festival featuring presidential storytelling, activities and performances.
Presidents’ Day Family Festival
Save the Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In celebration of Presidents’ Day, the JFK Library will host its ninth annual Family Festival featuring presidential storytelling, creative activities, musical performances, and Museum tours and hands-on programs to bring the Library to life in new ways for all ages.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, special activities and performances will highlight the importance of voting and women's contributions to American history.
Programs and Activities
Meet Our Special Guests
10:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
Actors portraying past presidents and other historical figures share stories and engage visitors in conversation.
Presidents John Adams and James Madison with First Ladies Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison and Eleanor Roosevelt
Suffragists Sojourner Truth and Lucretia Mott
2:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Pop-Up Performances
4:00 p.m. -4:30 p.m. Closing A Capella Concert
Special performances can be enjoyed by the whole family. Join us for a closing concert by Harvard’s Radcliffe Pitches, who will perform anthems of the women's suffrage movement and popular music from the early 1900s, 1960s, and today.
Family-Friendly Tours and Hands-on Carts
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Learn about President Kennedy and his legacy with interactive programs in the Museum galleries including "Race for Space" Discovery Cart and Stranded at Sea: JFK and the PT 109 Discovery Cart.
Hands-on "Make and Take" Activities
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Try out hands-on-history crafts including creating a space helmet and making iconic accessories to meet our guest presidents. Participants can celebrate presidential history with a wide-range of creative activities for various age groups.
Don't Miss a Special Presentation!
The Reveal of the Official 2020 White House Christmas Ornament
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
The White House Historical Association (WHHA) reveals the Official 2020 White House Christmas Ornament honoring President John F. Kennedy. Come learn about this tribute to President Kennedy and discover more about the WHHA and Jacqueline Kennedy’s role in its founding.
The ornament is available for purchase at shop.whitehousehistory.org and at the Museum Store.
Special Festival Day activities are free with paid admission. Visitors ages 17 and under are admitted free of charge. EBT, military, and student discounts are available. For all other visitors, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a special buzzword that will give you $2 off admission prices. The Family Festival is especially appropriate for ages 5 and up.
View the detailed program for the day.
Celebrate! African American Heritage Month: Tales from African Traditions with Valerie Tutson
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Drawing from her own travels, the internationally known storyteller brings to life myths, folktales, and historical accounts from the African continent and the African diaspora with beauty, humor, and wisdom. Come explore the diverse and ancient cultures of Africa. Register for this free program.
The Celebrate! series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America's rich cultural diversity through the arts. This program reflects President and Mrs. Kennedy's concern for and support of the arts and culture as important components of a democratic society. In order to optimize your comfort and enjoyment, reservations are required for all visitors to this free program.
Docent-Led Museum Programs
Celebrate Presidents' Day all week with family-friendly Highlights Tours and hands-on programs featuring the "Space Race" and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.