As Election Day gets closer — it’s less than two weeks until November 8, get out and vote! — kids may be wondering what all of the election chaos and debates are about. Older kids are most likely talking about the media clips (many of them really nasty) that seem to run 24/7, especially in this tense election year.
We feel it’s important to educate kids about our democratic process and the country’s history with facts. And where better to accomplish this than our county’s historic institutions and great museums?
Across the U.S., museums are delving into the race to be POTUS via election-themed exhibitions. Visit Philadelphia has put together a great round up of the largest displays in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, New York, and Cleveland.
These five exhibits, many at museums we’ve personally visited and love, have all the info on the decisions, rallies, marketing, music, handshakes and other fascinating details that are part of seeking the highest office in the land. So don’t delay, plan that family trip to show your kids our democracy in action!:
Q: Hi! I’m trying to plan a short trip for my 14-year-old son and I during New Jersey’s November Teacher’s Convention 4-day break . You guys always seem to be doing something fun; any ideas for me? ~ Thanks! Mike
Q: It’s Labor Day already, how could summer be over soon? I’m not ready! We’d love to have one last blast before the kids head back to school next week, but I haven’t planned anything yet. Is it too late to book an end-of-summer send off? ~ Thanks! BN
Q: It’s Memorial Day Weekend and my kids suddenly have not a 3-day weekend, not a 4-day weekend, but actually a 5-day weekend because we didn’t use any snow days this winter! I’ve got no ideas and haven’t made any plans. Anything up your sleeve? ~ Thanks! Gretchen G.
Q: We have a week off for a Presidents’ Day winter break from school and I haven’t planned anything yet. Is it too late for something like London or Orlando? Where would you recommend from the New York area for a February family vacation? –Melissa R.
Q: My husband’s birthday is Christmas Day (really) and I’d love to surprise him with a short family vacation at a resort that our two boys, who are 11 and 6, will like, too. Something we can get to within a few hours’ drive of New Jersey/New York that has a bit of holiday spirit (thinking ice skating and s’mores) would be great. Thanks! — Ellen C.