Presidents' Day kicks off February vacation programs at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Feb. 16-20
New This Year! FREE kids yoga and meditation class on Feb. 18
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Three great American Presidents – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt – will visit with children at the annual Presidents’ Day Birthday Bash Monday, February 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Come explore how the Founding Fathers influenced New Bedford history, participate in a scavenger hunt, create your own soap scrimshaw, 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. February vacation week activities that take place in the Cook Memorial Theaters, the Jacobs Family Gallery and Wattles Family Gallery are free. Regular admission rates apply to all other museum galleries unless otherwise noted.
Presidents’ Day kicks off a week of events during February school vacation that includes special tours and hands-on activities each day, culminating with “All aboard the Lagoda” on Friday, February 20.
Monday, February 16: Presidents’ Day
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. Program with Teddy Roosevelt. Bring your favorite teddy bear for photos with the president.
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 in New Bedford.”
Tuesday – Friday, February 17-20
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Create your own soap scrimshaw, crafts, games and more. Free.
11:00 a.m. – Noon Join a 45-minute highlights tour with a Museum Docent. Tours leave from the front desk. Regular admission rates apply.
11:00 a.m. – Noon Go below deck on the Lagoda! Regular admission rates apply.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Join a 45-minute highlights tour with a Museum Docent. Tours leave from the front desk. Regular admission rates apply.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Special showing of “Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass in New Bedford”, Cook Memorial Theater. Free.
Wednesday, February 18
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. NEW THIS YEAR! Free Yoga & Meditation for kids 5 to 10 years old. This class offers Life-Skills for kids. Connect, relax and have Fun! Presented by Tim Donohue with Yoga Kids Inc. yogakidsinc.com. Yoga mats will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own.
Friday, February 20
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. All aboard the Lagoda! Join the crew of Captain C. Weade onboard 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.
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New Bedford Whaling Museum
About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales and the history and culture of the South Coast 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. Museum hours April through December: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum hours January through March: Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Open on Holiday Mondays. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.