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Presidents Day

It's George Washington's birthday and his fellow presidents and first ladies have gathered to throw him a surprise party!


All day long we’ll have history’s greatest POTUS’s and FLOTUS’s giving presentations and mingling with partygoers. Come play games, sing songs, and hear stories that celebrate the presidency.

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George Washington's Surprise Birthday
George Washington’s Surprise Birthday Party

This is the main event. Come help us celebrate the birthday of America’s first president. Enjoy light refreshments, pose for some photos, and participate in a game or two.

Putting with Ike
  • 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.
  • Presidential Cabinet of Curiosities
    Millard Fillmore has brought a travelling carnival-type display to Conner Prairie with outrageous items belonging or related to different presidents.
  • 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.
  • Cards Against the Presidency
    Play a round or two of Cards Against the Presidency with David Rice Atchison, the man who was president for a day.
  • Pitchin’ Peanuts with President Carter
    He’s not just a peanut man! He wants to be a president, man! Help Jimmy Carter plant those peanuts so he can get to the White House.
  • Presidential Jeopardy! with Your Host, Abigail Fillmore
    Do you think you know your presidents? Come test your knowledge with former teacher and First Lady Abigail Fillmore.
  • Hidin’ From Hoover
    Herbert Hoover always wanted his White House staff to remain out of sight. Make sure he doesn’t catch you!

Listen to Lady Fillmore read books
  • Storytelling with Abigail Powers Fillmore
    First Lady Fillmore will be picking out books for the White House library. Gather around and listen to her read stories.
  • 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! For $5 you can take it home with you!
  • FDR and the REA
    FDR is trying to bring electricity to rural America. Do you think it’s a good idea? 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 Frances Cleveland need your help 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
    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.
  • How Do You Measure Up?
    Presidents come in all sizes. Check out the lineup of all the presidents by height and see how you measure up!
  • Voter Registration with Florence Harding
    One of Florence Harding’s passions is making sure American citizens are able to fully engage and participate in our democracy. Learn about her work with veterans and visit with the League of Women Voters to get registered!
  • Ask Abe
    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!

Fireside Chat
  • A Fireside Chat
    Come and make yourself comfortable and enjoy FDR telling stories of his life and presidency.
  • Chisholm: Ready or Not
    Guests can find out who the first black woman was to be elected to Congress and who the first black woman to run for president was.
  • Sing Patriotic Songs with Lady Liberty
    Come participate in a sing-a-long with Lady Liberty and George Washington
  • 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.”

Free admission
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Food and drink will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own food and drink.

All Ages


  • February 19, 2018 - February 19, 2018 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Free admission 

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