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A Puerto Rican Carnival

Experience a Puerto Rican carnival and design your own mask!

America on the Move Games

Match vehicles and destinations. Drive through time. Become a director by selecting vehicles for a new movie.

Buffalo Hide Painting

Discover buffalo hide art and create your own painting!

Build a Sod House

Imagine you're a settler on the open prairie, and you need to build a house.

Choose Ur Style

Play dress up with traditional or modern African styles.

Day of the Dead: Build Your Own Altar

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America and more recently for Mexican Americans. Rather than grieve over the loss of a beloved family or friend, they choose to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits.

Meet the Mariachi! Explore Mexico's Musical Gift to the World

(Grades 4-8) This is an introduction to the inviting sounds of mariachi: its instruments and how they are played, its rhythms, and how it is important to people. The activity uses maps, video, and interactive instrument demonstrations to give an "insider's view" that will help students enjoy the music and learn to talk about it with others.

Our Story: American History Stories and Activities

OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through children’s literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.

Postal Museum Activity Zone

The National Postal Museum's website offers a variety of online activities for kids of all ages!

Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery

Assume the role of a Smithsonian intern to solve puzzles, find clues, decipher documents, and explore cartes de visite photographs from the museum's collection.

Romare Bearden Black Odyssey Remixes

Create your own collage art based on the incredible works of American artist Romare Bearden (1911–1988). With this lively, colorful, and highly engaging app, you can remix works from Bearden's original series to create your own unique works of art, and express your personal journey.

Smithsonian Channel App

Stay connected with Smithsonian Channel’s original series, documentaries and fun facts — on the go, anytime, anywhere with the Smithsonian Channel app for iPhone and iPod Touch. View full episodes and hundreds of video clips of your favorite Smithsonian Channel programs. Check the schedule for what’s on tonight, tomorrow or next week.

Smithsonian Folkways Jazz Mixer

This interactive feature explores jazz from different perspectives: chronologically with a timeline, geographically with a world map, and musically with a virtual mixer in which you can listen to and observe the musical elements of jazz.

Smithsonian Kids

Find lots of fast, fun, cool, scary, patriotic, and beautiful things from the Smithsonian and send free E-cards to your friends!
 

Stories of World Heritage

Discover ten stories from UNESCO’s World Heritage List: The list of the most outstanding natural and cultural sites in the world. Add your voice to the conversation! In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1972 UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and to further its objectives, the Smithsonian and UNESCO have partnered to produce the Stories of World Heritage website.

U. S. Rationing During World War II

Introduction to primary sources as well as an introduction to life on the home front. You can examine a ration book, morale posters, and an Office of War Information film to learn how Americans lived in a time of sacrifice.
 

Blog

African American History and Culture Museum

American history through an African American lens.

Air and Space Stories

Top stories from the National Air and Space Museum.

American Indian Museum Blog

From the Smithsonian's American Indian Museum, dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of all tribes of the Western Hemisphere.

Asian Pacific American Center Blog

NOW blog from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.


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