George Washington’s Surprise Birthday Party
11:15 am and 3:30 pm
This is the main event. Come help us celebrate the birthday of America’s first president. Enjoy some light refreshments, pose for some photos, and participate in a game or two.
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- A Chicken in Every Pot, a Car in Every Garage
Help Herbert Hoover fulfill his campaign promise of putting a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.
- Presidential Cabinet of Curiosities
James K. Polk has brought a travelling carnival-type display to Conner Prairie with outrageous items belonging or related to different presidents of the U.S. Are they real or fake? Only the guests can judge for sure.
- Burnin’ Down the (White) House
Join sides with the fiery British or the courageous Dolley Madison in a Battleship-style game of cat-and-mouse-and-firebombs-and-presidential portraits.
- I Like (Putting with) Ike
Dwight Eisenhower is bringing golf to the White House. Join him in a round and see if you can make a hole in one.
- Cards Against the Presidency
Play a round or two of Cards Against the Presidency with Sam Houston, the president of Texas.
- Keep the Ball Rollin’ with William Henry Harrison
William Henry Harrison is on the campaign trail. Help him get the word out by rolling a giant ball through our obstacle course. If you have the fastest time you might win a prize.
ACTIVITIES & CRAFTS
- Storytelling with Abigail Powers Fillmore
Noon and 3 pm
First Lady Fillmore will be picking out books for the White House library. Gather around and listen to her read stories.
- Pop-up Maker Workshop
Build-a-Teddybear with Teddy Roosevelt. It’s not every day you get the opportunity to make your own toy with the president it’s named after.
- Presidents’ Birthdays
Sure, we celebrate Presidents Day in February because of the birthdays of George Washington and Abe Lincoln. But what about the rest of the presidents? When are their birthdays? Come visit this exhibit to find out.
- FDR and the REA
FDR is trying to bring electricity to rural America. Do you think it’s a good idea? Come have a chat with this former president and hear what he has to say on the subject. After that, experiment with circuits and see what it really takes to electrify a home in the 1930s.
- Decorating for Washington’s Birthday Party
Lucy Hayes and Jackie Kennedy need your help to decorating for George Washington’s surprise party. Come sign the birthday card, hang streamers and bunting, and make sure George doesn’t find out.
- Presidential Pets
Our presidents have kept quite the menagerie of pets at the White House over the years. Find out which president had alligators or who kept a snake by the name of “Emily Spinach.”
- POTUS Plates
Just outside the Overlook Café, the table is set with some of our former presidents’ favorite meals. Do any of them look appetizing to you? Take home a recipe and try them out.
- Grave Danger! With Benjamin Harrison
12:30 and 2:30 pm
Benjamin Harrison warns: “No one is safe – even when dead.” Don't miss this important presentation.
- Lincoln’s Logs
Is there anything you’ve always wanted to ask Abe Lincoln? Whether you have questions about the man himself or if you’re looking for advice, now is your chance.
ART & PERFORMANCE
- Sing Patriotic Songs with Lady Liberty
11 am and 1 pm
Come participate in a sing-a-long with Lady Liberty and George Washington
- Ladies First: A Celebration
11:30 am and 2 pm
If you’ve ever wished that Abigail Adams, Abigail Fillmore, Belva Lockwood, Edith Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Jackie Kennedy would return from the dead and perform in a rap-musical homage to “Hamilton,” your wish will come true. Join us for a musical look at a few of this country’s first ladies – and some presidential lady firsts.
- A Fireside Chat
Come and make yourself comfortable and enjoy FDR telling stories of his life and presidency.
- Presidential Campaign Artwork: A display of artwork throughout the years
- The Gipper Filmfest
Stop in and enjoy Ronald Reagan classics “Bedtime for Bonzos” and “Knute Rockne, All American.”