Presidents’ Day Birthday Bash, vacation week activities kickoff Feb. 18

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.)  — Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln will visit with children and enjoy birthday cake at the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Annual Presidents’ Day Birthday Bash on Monday, February 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery.

Come explore how the Founding Fathers influenced New Bedford history, participate in a scavenger hunt, create your own scrimshaw (with soap and shoe polish), learn how to make origami whales, and more. Children will have the opportunity to dress as their favorite president and have their photograph taken beside the famous Resolute desk, created from the same ship’s timbers as the one used in the Oval Office. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Presidents’ Day events are free. Regular admission rates apply to the museum galleries. New Bedford residents are admitted free to the entire museum, sponsored by BayCoast Bank.

Presidents’ Day schedule includes crafts and activities for children, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; storytelling with President Lincoln, 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.; scavenger hunt, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.; dress like a president beside the Resolute Desk, noon to 1:00 p.m.; add your face to Mount Rushmore alongside Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Jefferson, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.;

storytelling with President Washington, 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.; and a Happy Birthday sing-along and cake with the Presidents, 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.

A new exhibit titled, “Weaving Stories, Weaving Lives: Maya Textiles from Guatemala and New Bedford,” also opens on February 18, in partnership with the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.

Presidents’ Day kicks off a week of events for school vacation week that includes special tours and hands-on activities each day, culminating with ”All aboard the Lagoda” on Friday, February 22.
 

School vacation week activities:

Tuesday-Friday, February 19-22, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Museum highlights tours led by docents that include the opportunity to go below decks on the Lagoda. Regular admission rates apply.

Tuesday, February 19, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Moby-Dick highlights tour. Herman Melville’s great American novel comes to life on this tour of the Museum’s collection. The tour will leave from the front desk. Regular admission rates apply.

Wednesday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Make your own scrimshaw, learn to draw a whale, learn to make origami whales, and more. Free.

Thursday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Create your own Sailors' Valentines and take them home as a keepsake. Free.

Friday, February 22, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: All aboard the Lagoda! Join the crew of Capt. Calvinilius (C.) Weade on board the Lagoda for an adventure on the high seas. Travel the world, interact with foreign people, learn the ropes of the whaleship, and go a-whaling. Regular admission rates apply.
 

Vacation week schedule

February 18: Presidents’ Day Birthday Celebration

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Crafts & Activities for Kids

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Storytelling with President Lincoln

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Dress as a President; take your photo beside the Resolute Desk

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.:   Storytelling with President Washington

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.:   Happy Birthday sing-along and birthday cake with the Presidents!

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Special showing of “Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass,” Theater.

 

Tuesday – Friday, February 19-22

10:00 a.m. – Noon: Create your own scrimshaw (using soap and shoe polish), throw a harpoon with our family-friendly harpoons and target rings, learn about Guatemalan weaving, and more! This is FREE to all visitors.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Participate in a 45-minute highlights tour with a Museum Docent. Tours leave from the front desk. Regular admission rates apply.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Special showing of “Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass” in the Museum’s Cook Memorial Theater.

11:00 a.m. – Noon: Go below deck on the Lagoda! Regular admission rates apply.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Participate in a 45-minute highlights tour with a Museum Docent. Tours leave from the front desk. Regular admission rates apply.

 

Friday, February 22

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: All aboard the Lagoda! Join the crew of Captain C. Weade on board the Lagoda for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling. Regular admission rates apply.

 

Also on Thursday, February 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park presents “A Call to Arms.” Focusing on the Civil War, the program will include hands-on activities, such as Civil War music, medicine on the battlefield, as well as crafts, games, and the Park’s YAP group video, "54th Regiment." The National Park Visitor Center is located at 33 William Street, adjacent to the museum plaza.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. For events: www.whalingmuseum.org.

For more information, contact:
Arthur Motta
Director, Marketing & Communications
(508) 997-0046, ext. 153
amotta@whalingmuseum.org