CANCELLED: Family and Kids’ Programs, Spring 2020
Press Release · Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Washington, DC

All public events are cancelled until further notice. This includes in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals. For more information, go to:


Celebrate 2020 with special kids’ programs ranging from a Sleepover to Story Times, Family Days, and Genealogy Camp!  These programs will be held in the Boeing Learning Center. With the exception of the February Sleepover, all are free and open to the public.  Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  The building is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

National Archives Sleepover
Saturday-Sunday, February 1-2, 2020
A night of adventure awaits at the National Archives! Join us for a special sleepover at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, and spend the night next to America’s most precious treasures: the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.  Young explorers will learn about the right to vote with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass; dive into our nation’s treasured records, including the Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote exhibit celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment; navigate the museum with a scavenger hunt; and wake to a pancake breakfast prepared and served by the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero! Made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation with the generous support of John Hancock

This event is open to children 8-to-12 years old, with a chaperone. Tickets are $125 per participant, or $100 for National Archives Foundation members. Register now:  Have questions?  Email

STORY TIMES for 3-to 5-year-olds and accompanying adults
Wednesdays, 10-11 am, Boeing Learning Center ReSource Room

Women Who Made a Difference: In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, is the title for special Wednesday Story Times in conjunction with our new exhibit, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote exhibit. These special programs, funded in part by the National Archives Foundation, give children a chance to practice listening skills, participate in group activities, and create a craft. 

Upcoming Story Times dates and themes:

  • January 22: Rosa Parks takes a ‘seat’ for justice
  • February 12: Harriet Tubman fights for freedom. 
  • March 18:  Elizabeth Cady Stanton leads the struggle for women’s rights. 
  • April 15: Eliza Scidmore brings Cherry Trees to Washington, DC 
  • May 13: Ida B. Wells crusades against injustice.  See related video

All family days include special records-related hands-on activities, programs, games and crafts. These programs are funded in part by the National Archives Foundation.

Family Day:  Sports at the National Archives
Saturday, April 18, 10 am-4 pm
Play ball!  Join us and explore the wide-world of sports. Participate in exciting activities, create crafts, and learn how famous athletes and competitions shaped American history both on and off the field. Whether you are a star athlete or a sideline spectator, this ‘Sports at the National Archives Family Day’ has records and activities for you! 

Family Day:  Celebrate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment!
Saturday, May 16, 10 am-4 pm
Celebrate American women and the vote at the National Archives with a fun-filled day of hands on activities for all ages.  Engage in games, create crafts to take home, and expand your knowledge and understanding of the struggle for votes for women.  View Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, a film by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan in the McGowan Theater at 11 am and 2 pm. 

Presented in conjunction with our exhibition: Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote. Rightfully Hers is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY ®, and Jacqueline B. Mars. Additional support for National Outreach and Programs provided by Denise Gwyn Ferguson, BMO Financial Group, Hearst Foundations, Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, FedEx, Bernstein Family Foundation, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation/Ambassador Fay-Hartog Levin (Ret.).

Family Day:  July 4th 
Saturday, July 4, 1-4 p.m.
Celebrate the independence of the United States at the National Archives! Meet our nation’s ‘founding fathers,’ and participate in an array of activities geared towards family interaction, fun, and learning. July 4th at the National Archives is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation with the generous support of John Hancock.

GENEALOGY CAMP FOR KIDS (ages 12 and up)
July 6-10, 9 a.m.- noon
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 become a family history detective!  Space is limited. Register online here. Questions?  Email with “Genealogy Camp” in the subject line. This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation.


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