While this Memorial Day weekend may feel different than those in the past, there are tons of ways you can teach the kids a little American history this week. Enjoy a live concert, visit a historical battleship, make some flag crafts and more. We’ve got all the options to get you through these unusual days!

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Celebrate Children’s Day (Kodomo No Hi) From Home
Learn about Japan’s national holiday where all children are stars and their happiness is celebrated. Watch a theatrical performance and an animation story telling of the classic story, Momotaro (Peach Boy), and learn the Momotaro dance. Afterwards, create your own koinobori, or carp streamers, and don your own origami kabuto samurai helmet with Children’s Day-themed craft projects you can do at home. Fri. Event details

Explore the USS Midway Museum From Home
Enjoy a unique virtual opportunity to explore America’s favorite aircraft carrier museum’s most popular spaces and exhibits. Listen to the award-winning audio tour, view a naval aircraft gallery and read amazing historical accounts of the USS Midway from the comfort of your home! Visit the Little Skippers page for fun, related activities for little ones. Daily. Event details

CuriOdyssey’s Live Science Classes
Your child can watch a video of a science experiment and then take a deeper dive into that topic in a live online class with a CuriOdyssey educator. Pre-registration is required. Fri. at 10 a.m. Event details

Teach Your Kids Some Jokes with a Local Flavor
If you need to add a little levity to your day, bust out this list of Bay Area-inspired jokes with more than a few earthquake jokes in there. Who knew earthquakes could be so funny?

National Memorial Day Concert
This PBS special presentation of the star-studded National Memorial Day Concert will include new performances and tributes filmed in different locations around the country and iconic stories from past concerts. America’s night of remembrance will honor our troops, veterans, wounded warriors, all those who have given their lives for our nation and their families. Sun. at 5 p.m. Event details

Tour Colonial Williamsburg
Immerse yourself in the sites of Colonial Williamsburg from anywhere in the world. Research underpins the entire Historic Area experience, from how buildings were reconstructed to what artifacts adorn their walls, and now you can explore those layers of knowledge virtually. Explore in 360 degrees, and be sure to click or tap on icons for more information. Daily. Event details

Visit San Francisco’s Falcons
EarthCam invites people around the world to experience a bird’s-eye view of the falcon nest atop the PG&E headquarters in San Francisco’s financial district. Make sure to take a virtual visit each spring to watch the falcons prepare their nest and wait for their eggs to hatch! Daily. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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