The Washington State Historical Society has fun educational activities for youth and families, from our self-guided Family Saturdays, to Girl Scout badge opportunities, to online learning through our app, and much more. Take some time to explore!

Is there something you’d like to see offered for youth and families? Email Program Manager Michael King at michael.king@wshs.wa.gov.

  • FAMILY SATURDAYS

    Every Saturday you can pick up an activity guide at the History Museum’s admissions desk. Each month features a different activity theme. Follow the guide to do the work of historians with your family and friends! Included with admission, free for WSHS members.

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  • HANDS-ON HISTORY

    Turn your home into a history lab, make a quilt that tells a story, or build a water clock to tell time – you’ll love these at-home hands-on activities.

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    Hands-On History A “crazy quilt” pattern is typically made of many irregularly shaped pieces or scraps of fabric. This crazy quilt was pieced by Clara Littlejohn (1890-1910) in Tacoma, WA. The quilt features 42 colorful blocks and measures 6 feet wide by 7 feet long. Clara added embroidered designs of leaves, flowers, and a butterfly. She made this quilt while lying on her back during an illness. WSHS 1957.29.1.
  • ARTMAKING & COLORING

    Download coloring pages featuring Washington suffragists or icons! And follow art educators on video to make history-themed crafts at home.

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  • FAMILY READS

    What’s better than being read to, or reading together at home? It’s hard to beat! Our Education Team has created suggested reading lists for youth and invites you to check out these terrific books. Many are available at your local library.

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  • WA STATE HISTORY MUSEUM APP

    Download our FREE app to a smartphone or use it on your desktop computer to explore highlights of exhibitions in the History Museum. Enrich the experience with Activity Sheets and History Lessons To Go.

    Get the App
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  • SEYMOUR HISTORY

    Our loveable mascot really digs history! See what Seymour has been up to.

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  • GIRL SCOUTS

    Bring your troop to the History Museum and earn a badge!

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  • VIRTUAL and ONLINE

    Many of our online offerings make great family programs. You can also watch recent programs on our YouTube channel. We also offer online exhibits, virtual gallery tours, and digital history boxes. Check back often for new programs and events!

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