The achievements of women throughout history have often been overlooked—but during the month of March, arts and cultural organizations across the country are offering programming that highlights the amazing contributions of both historic and contemporary women. Living in the Greater Philadelphia area offers parents the opportunity to take advantage of the wonderful museums and organizations offering family programming throughout Women’s History Month. If you hear about another great program, exhibit or event, please share in the comments below:
Betsy Ross House: Even if you’ve visited the Betsy Ross House before, you’ll want to return in March for some new exhibits and special events. One program that your kids will really love: Colonial Chocolate Making. On March 30th, you can meet three female entrepreneurs from Colonial days who will explain why drinking hot chocolate was patriotic. You’ll get to sample some, of course!
Meet Chelsea Clinton: The former first daughter has a new book, She Persisted Around The World, about 13 women from around the world who were able to create change and shape history. Chelsea’s coming to speak at Children’s Book World in Haverford on March 12th—a great event for you and your tweens and/or teenagers.
The Constitution Center: All month long, families can enjoy a Women’s History self-guided tour . There will also be an interactive show, featuring a take on Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” music video—redone to tell the story of the women’s suffrage movement.
Family Fun Day at the African-American History Museum: On March 10th, the African-American Museum of Philadelphia hosts Macy’s Family Fun Day. The first 250 people to the event will received free admission and interactive arts workshops through the day will include yoga, dance, storytelling and singing with a women’s history focus.
The Franklin Institute: Female role models in science will be the focus of a special day at the Franklin Institute on March 17th. There will be lots of hands-on activities and a special presentation Breaking Barriers in Space, A conversation with South Korea’s First Astronaut Soyeon Yi.
Free Library of Philadelphia: There will be lots of free events across Philadelphia at local libraries, including movies and storytimes. Check out the library’s event listings to find out what’s happening in your neighborhood.
Historic Laurel Hill Cemetary: On March 24th, you can go on a special walking tour through Laurel Hill focusing on famous women buried in North Laurel Hill, the cemetery’s oldest section. This event is great for older kids, tweens and teens who are up for some history—and walking!
How will your school, community or organization be marking Women’s History Month? Share your ideas in the comments below.