The National Constitution Center invites visitors to join the museum over Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25, in exploring the evolution of the holiday from when it was first celebrated 223 years ago.
Offering activities for both children and adults, the center will give guests the opportunity to learn about the roles our presidents played in establishing Thanksgiving Day traditions.
You can also discover what it was like to be raised in the United States throughout different time periods through the interactive show “Growing Up, American Style,” and walk down the runway wearing costumes which depict various historical eras.
Families can take part in making seasonal crafts, writing letters to the men and women serving overseas and access the world premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.
If a trip to the Constitution Center isn’t on the agenda, check-out their special Thanksgiving-themed episode of the Constitution Hall Pass web series online which is available for viewing here.
All activities are free with museum admission.
The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day but will have extended hours on Friday, November 23 from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bonus: if you’re watching the 2012 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, either in person or on TV, keep your eyes peeled for an 11 p.m. performance presented by the National Constitution Center.
The street in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will transform into a swanky 1920s speakeasy when 70 performers, including musicians, vocalists, and dancers dressed as gangsters and flappers present a toe-tapping two-and-a-half minute number to the tune of jazz standards like “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Ain’t Misbehavin” and “This Joint is Jumpin’.”
The center also is participating in the Campbell’s Winter Wonderland Expo Tent at Eakins Oval. Win prizes — like exhibition tickets and 1920s inspired merchandise — by spinning a wheel and correctly answering questions about Prohibition.
Thanksgiving Weekend At The National Constitution Center
Where: 525 Arch Street, Independence Mall
When: Friday, November 23-Sunday, November 25; parade is Thursday, November 22, 8:30 a.m-noon
Cost: $17.50 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, $11 for children ages 4-12; parade is free
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org