Kids: Things To Do At Home

Exploring the past isn't just something you do at a Museum! Try these fun activities to turn your computer into the Museum's newest interactive exhibit.

Discover how transportation has changed the way people live, work, and play over the last 125 years.

Learn about the many responsibilities of the U.S. president, decode the symbols on the presidential seal, and write your own letter to the president.

Construct your own sod house on the open prairie the way settlers did in the 1800s. Will yours stay standing?

Thomas Edison changed our world! His genius gave us electric lights in our homes and an entire system that produced and delivered electrical power. Learn more about Edison's creative genius and find out how to make your own light bulb.

Travel back in time to visit five of the families that lived at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Use the clues they left behind to decide in which time period you've landed.

Choose to begin a trip to the post office in 1955 or 2005. All of the barriers you will encounter in a wheelchair are based on real-life incidents. Send a postcard to a friend when you reach the end!

Unlock the door to the "Nation’s Attic" by looking through the Museum’s collections online.

Download this guide for tips on decoding the stories in your own house.
Download the guide (.pdf)

Explore the playful side of invention with four online activities designed to use your imagination. Or check out the Family Activities Guide (.pdf) for inventor stories and activities.

No, these molecules don't spend too much time looking at themselves in a mirror—but they do have some special qualities! Discover more about them here.

Unravel the history of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired our national anthem, by investigating clues hidden in the flag.

Decipher the imagery in a buffalo hide painting to understand the buffalo’s role in the lives of American Indians who live on the northern plains.

Join Gouverneur Warren on his 1856 expedition into the American frontier and identify the specimens he sent back to the Smithsonian for classification and study.

Select a mystery character from the Civil War and examine objects that hold the key to their identity. Are you up for a challenge?

Examine the objects left behind by the Springer family, who lived in Delaware more than 200 years ago. What can you learn about their lives? What could people in the future learn about you?