Special Election Day programs at the National Constitution Center prove there’s plenty more to the electoral process than the act of voting.
The day-long celebration, this Tuesday, November 6, fittingly features presidential artifacts, activities and exhibits.
If you still haven’t had your fill of campaign-tactics, the “Destination White House” exhibit lets you explore what all it takes to run for president, from building a platform and naming a candidate to creating catchy campaign ads. You can also test your knowledge about past American leaders by playing a presidential trivia game.
Also be sure to check out the mock voting booths, located inside the main exhibition The Story of We the People and featuring interactive technology to match you to the presidential candidate who best aligns with your views on key issues. Once matched with a candidate, go ahead and cast a vote, then watch as collective results are tallied on a large screen.
Take a trip down memory lane, via a display of presidential artifacts including George Washington’s diary, Ronald Reagan’s jellybean jar, Bill Clinton’s tenor sax and the original copy of “A More Perfect Union,” a now-famous speech delivered by then-Senator Barack Obama at the National Constitution Center in 2008.
Youngsters can design a model White House or campaign button, as well as cast a vote in the center’s popular gumball poll (a red gumball signifies a vote for Romney, while blue is for Obama), and visitors of all ages are encouraged to try out “Patriotic Karaoke” and pose for pictures with election mascots Donny the Donkey and Ellie the Elephant.
Getting engaged in civics is never a bad thing, and it’s great that the National Constitution Center is making that extra-easy this election year. Happy voting!
National Constitution Center Celebrates Election Day
When: Tuesday, November 6, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 525 Arch Street
Cost: Free with museum admission, $17.50 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, $11 for children ages 4-12
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org