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Upcoming Free Family and Youth Educational Programs at the National Archives
Press Release · Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014

Washington, DC

Washington, DC…This spring and summer, the National Archives holds numerous free educational public programs for families and students. These programs are open to the public and will be held in the Boeing Learning Center of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

Wednesday, April 13, 10 - 11 a.m.
Story Time in the ReSource Room for Pre-Schoolers and Adults

It's story time at the National Archives! Join us to enjoy stories, activities and crafts about friendship between nations. This program is designed especially for 3-5 year olds and accompanying adults.

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cherry Blossom Family Day

Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival at National Archives with fun, hands-on activities exploring the many ways countries show their friendship! Investigate treaties and learn about some of the interesting gifts countries have given our government. This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the support of John Hancock Financial.

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Amending America Family Day

Only 27 times out of 11,000+ proposals have Americans changed, or amended, the Constitution. Come explore some of the successful and not so successful proposals and learn how to change the Constitution.

Wednesday, May 18, 10 a.m. - noon
Story Time in the ReSource Room for Pre-Schoolers and Adults

Join us for story time designed for 3-5 year olds and accompanying adults. Children will practice listening skills, participate in group activities and create a craft. The theme for May is Victory Gardens.

June 1- 30 (Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m - 4 p.m.)
Featured Activity in ReSource Room

Celebrate more than 800 years of conversations about rights and delve into the history of Magna Carta through hands-on activities in the Boeing Learning Center throughout the month of June.

July 25-28, 9 a.m. - noon
Genealogy Camp for Kids! - Ages 12 and up

Ever wondered about your family's roots and who is on your family tree? This hands-on, week-long camp will introduce the basics of genealogy research. Discover how to use the resources of the National Archives to be history detectives into your past! To register or for more information, please email education@nara.gov with "Genealogy Camp" in the subject line. This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the support of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and John Hancock Financial.

Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Programs

Family members become researchers and archivists for a day! During a two hour simulation, you are invited to help the President and Bob, his Communications Director, prepare for a very special press conference. Families work together to discover and analyze facsimile documents and find the connection each has to the Constitution. This is a "hands on" opportunity to explore history, learn about the National Archives, and gain a greater understanding of the role the Constitution plays in our daily lives.

Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, June 28, 10 a.m. - noon
  • Wednesday, June 29, 10 a.m. - noon
  • Wednesday, July 6, 10 a.m. - noon
  • Thursday, July 7, 10 a.m. - noon

Reservations are required and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Reserve your online. This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the support of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and John Hancock Financial.


The Boeing Learning Center offers interactive educational activities for all ages and special workshops for students and teachers. Archives staff and volunteers are on hand to answer questions and offer hands-on projects that encourage historical discovery.

  • The Boeing Learning Center ReSource Room
    Drop in during your Museum visit to participate in hands-on activities and programs based on documents, images, maps, posters and more from the inestimable holdings of the National Archives. The ReSource Room is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and reservations are not required. Information on special activities and programs online.

  • The Boeing Learning Center Learning Lab
    Groups of students, scouts, teachers, and families can participate in document-based learning lab programs. Working in replica storage and research spaces, participants will find, select and analyze primary sources, then make connections to bigger ideas about our government and history. Learn more and request a reservation.

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