No school or work on Presidents Day? Then this is the perfect day to visit one of the places around Indianapolis offering free admission for Presidents Day.
Pro tip: Many of these places require advance registration in order to control crowd numbers. It’s a good idea to check the website of your location before you head out, and make sure you register if that is required.
Details: These special activities and programs will be available starting at 10 a.m.
Take it to the polls
Now it’s your turn to vote! Learn what people were voting for in 1922 and complete your ballot at our voting station. Families will be able to fill out a mock-ballot with real issues voted on 100 years ago and can discover what the results were.
Can you vote?
Learn about voting rights and discover what year you gained the right to vote! Families will learn about how certain groups of people in our country were excluded from voting in the past, and what they had to overcome to be allowed to vote.
Explore campaign pins from the museum collections and design your own pin advocating for a cause you care about.
Uncover historical and contemporary trailblazers and discover the history of advocacy in the United States.
More info: Due to limited capacity, free advance tickets are required. Visit childrensmuseum.org to reserve tickets.
Details: Admission is free on Monday, February 21, 2022. In addition, former student-athletes will lead fitness clinics from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate! Participants will receive a Fitness Challenge medal.
More info: Visit ncaahallofchampions.org
Details: Explore Indiana’s presidential and vice presidential past. Deliver a speech much like they do from the White House Press Room. Channel your inner George Washington and establish an advisory cabinet. Embrace the spirit of JFK’s moon mission by exploring terraforming on distant planets. Learn about Jimmy Carter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights while you craft a Bill of Rights for the future.
Details: Admission is free, and there will be lots of presidential programming happening all day, including:
In the Footsteps of Presidents | Step into the shoe(size) of a President and see how you measure up! Find out which President had tiny feet and which had giant feet.
Interactive Hall of Presidents | Get up-close and personal with a President and ask any burning question your heart desires!
Preparing for the Presidential Parties | Dolley Madison, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Martha Washington need your help! Come sign cards for the Presidential birthday boys, help to decorate, and play parlor games with the First Ladies – just make sure George and Abe don’t find out!
Grover Cleveland Veto Toss | Grover Cleveland holds the record for most vetoes of any President. See if you can knock some bills down with the power of the veto!
Cards Against the Presidency | Test your mental mettle against historic facts and quotes with the luck of the draw. Will you be deemed the cleverest?
Ronald Reagan’s Jellybean Jamboree | You’ll have the opportunity to guess how many jelly beans are in the jar for a chance to win a prize!
Presidential Plates | Learn about some of our Presidents’ favorite foods. Would you eat Peas and Lettuce? How about Corn Pudding? Collect a recipe card for anything that looks appealing and try making some of the dishes at home!
School House Rock | Stop and enjoy learning about the election process through the power of music with School House Rock!
First Ladies for Little Ones | Meet Grace Coolidge and her (puppet) pet raccoon, Rebecca, and learn how the critter became a White House resident. Learn from Abigail Fillmore about how she started the first permanent White House library, and make your own storybook with her.
Presidential Fitness Test | Many of our Presidents enjoyed being physical. Put yourself through the paces and see if you’re in shape for the White House.
Make a Terrycloth Teddy ($5 cost) | Learn about how Teddy Roosevelt got a toy bear named after him, and make a take-home bear for yourself!
Indiana State Museum Historic Sites
Details: Most of the Indiana State Museum Historic Sites around the state will be offering free admission. From Greek Revival architecture on the banks of the Ohio River to the home of one of Indiana’s most beloved impressionist painters, the perfect day trip is just a hop, skip and jump away. Site access and tour space is limited. Please contact the site in advance of your visit to learn more and reserve your space.