As the saying goes, you are never too old to learn something new. Whether your little ones want to take a more hands-on approach with STEM or you want to dive into parts of American history that weren’t covered in your high school class, these six educational events will help keep your brain sharp.
Jan. 11, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. & noon
Let your kiddos get in some extra science time with this hands-on program. Each hour is geared toward a different age range to keep your students engaged throughout the lesson. All participants and accompanying adults must register. // Hidden Pond Nature Center: 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield; $6
Jan. 14, 5-6 p.m.
With the inauguration right around the corner, discover the history of the voting machine at this National Portrait Gallery discussion. Participants will learn the about the relationship between a 1898 voting machine and the portrait of civil rights activist Robert P. Moses and how it connects to the present. Participants must register to receive the Zoom link. // free
Jan. 18, noon-12:30 p.m.
Let your little one get in some much needed library time with this virtual storytime. With a new story every Monday and Wednesday, your children will enjoy new stories, rhymes and songs to help them gain reading readiness. // free
Jan. 19, 7-8 p.m.
Learn about the American Revolution through the eyes of the ordinary. Join author Donald F. Johnson as he discusses his new book Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution. In the book, Johnson lays out the everyday experiences of those living under military occupation during the 1770s and 1780s. // free
Jan. 24, 2 p.m.
Combine tea time with a history lesson. As you sip your tea and snack on finger foods, participants will learn about the royals who have broken the rules and rebelled against tradition throughout the monarchy’s history. // $12-$24
Jan. 30, 2-3:15 p.m.
Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the 18th-century Lee-Fendall House. Explore the architecture of the home and the changes throughout the centuries, from the basement to the attic. This tour will include areas not regularly open to the public. Face masks are required. // Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden: 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria; $10
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