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    11 fun ways to celebrate Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays

    By Melissa McCall, Lauren Vespoli

    Celebrate George Washington’s (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays (February 12) with these fun and historical activities for kids and families!

    Take New York Family’s Presidents’ Day Trivia Quiz
    In honor of Presidents’ Day,take our fun quiz on Abraham Lincoln and George Washington with your child! Click HERE to test your knowledge!

    Saturday, February 13-Sunday, February 14

    Living History: Fighting for the First President at the New-York Historical Society

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    Meet the Washingtons at the New-York Historical Society! Photo via nyhistory.org

    Join Revolutionary War reenactors and living historians from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment.  Participants can explore a Continental soldier’s tent, uniforms and equipment.  You can even dye your own piece of ribbon, between 2 and 4pm, just like the Patriots of the time! All ages; free with museum admission. 11am-4pm, nyhistory.org

    Saturday, February 13-Monday, February 15

    Open House Weekend at the Fraunces Tavern Museum
    Celebrate George Washington’s birthday and Presidents’ Day with a visit to the former meeting place of the Sons of Liberty, and the place where George Washington bid farewell to his Continental Army troops! Admission to the museum is just $1 all weekend long. All ages; $1 (free for children under 5). Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm; Monday, 12-5pm, frauncestavernmuseum.org

    Sunday, February 14-Monday, February 15

    Historical Figures Scavenger Hunt at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
    Join the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for living scavenger hunt all over the museum.  Participants can search the museum for costumed historical figures like former first ladies and presidents! All ages; free with museum admission. 10am, cmom.org

    Monday, February 15

    Teddy Bears for Teddy Roosevelt at the Museum of the City of New York
    Did you know that teddy bears got their name from Teddy Roosevelt?  Celebrate Presidents’ Day at the Museum of the City of New York, where you can learn about President Roosevelt’s time as the Police Commissioner of New York, discover his friendship with Jacob Riis, and make your very own teddy bear. Ages 6-12; free with museum admission. 11am-2pm, mcny.org

    Celebrate Presidents’ Day at CMA! 
    Celebrate Presidents’ Day by getting crafty at the Children’s Museum of the Arts! Activities will include creating regal busts at the Clay Bar, and printing your own money–and deciding who should be the president on the coin! Ages 5 and up, free with museum admission. 11am-5pm, cmany.org

    Big Onion Walking Tour: Revolutionary New York
    Join Big Onion Walking Tours as they explore NYC’s role in the revolutionary war. Stops include the site where the Declaration of Independence was first read to a New York audience, as well as the graves of Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery and first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, the site of President George Washington’s Inaugural Address, Fraunces Tavern, and the target of the Stamp Act Mob in Bowling Green. Adults: $20, Students/Seniors: $15. Tours generally last 2 hours. 1pm, bigoniontour.com

    Meet the Washingtons at the New-York Historical Society
    You can meet the George and Martha Washington on Presidents’ Day!  Head over to the New-York Historical Society where historical re-enactors Maria and Michael Gallo will portray America’s First Couple.  You can ask them all about Washington’s life! Plus: For presidential fun at the New-York Historical Society all weekend long, be sure to check out their Presidential Superheroes Vacation Week camp!  All ages; free with museum admission. 1:30-5:30pm, nyhistory.org

    The Big Quiz Thing’s Presidents’ Day Family Trivia Spectacular
    How well does your family know U.S. History? Test your knowledge at The Big Quiz Thing’s Presidents’ Day Family Trivia Spectacular, a test of U.S. History open to ages 6 and up.  In addition to the trivia questions, audio and video puzzles, there will be prizes from the New York Historical Society. Ages 6 and up; $25 ($20 for members). 2pm, nyhistory.org

    Saturday, February 20

    Family Day: George Washington’s Birthday at the Morris-Jumel Mansion
    Celebrate our first president’s birthday at his only Manhattan headquarters during the Revolutionary War! The afternoon will include a Washington-inspired craft as well as a tour of his time in the Mansion starting at 1pm. Free with museum admission; advanced registration is recommended. 11am-2pm, morrisjumel.org

    Sunday, February 21

    Washington’s Birthday Ball at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
    Celebrate President Washington’s Birthday like 19th-Century New Yorkers! Costumed dancers will perform and teach traditional dances, and families and kids can participate in a museum tour and family scavenger hunt. Historic refreshments will be served. All Ages; $15 adults, $10 members and children under 12. 1-3pm, mvhm.org

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