During a normal “break from school,” you and your children would probably have a chance to visit museums, explore historical landmarks and learn about new things. But, because we’re all stuck inside and places that provide these opportunities are closed to the public, it can be difficult to provide enriching experiences.
Well, the National Museum of Pacific War (NMPW) in Fredricksburg, TX, has you covered.
The museum is now offering new digital programming that brings history to life for you and your kids without ever having to leave the couch.
The first is called Nimitz Minitz, named after Fredricksburg’s own Admiral Chester W. Nimitz who was a commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War II, and it will highlight different aspects of the World War II experience through three to seven-minute videos. The second series is called Highlights and Insights of the Pacific War, which will focus on the Pacific or targeted exploration of specific museum artifacts through video episodes geared more towards children 12 and up.
Rorie Carter, the NMPW director, said the new programming will give parents and children the chance to learn about important events in the Pacific during World War II, and show off some of the museum’s exhibits and artifacts.
“We miss our guests and want to provide them with the education and opportunities to explore our museum,” Carter said.
Nimitz Minitz will air Tuesdays and Thursdays on the museum’s YouTube channel and highlight topics like the uniquely-designed F4U Corsair airplane. Highlights and Insights of the Pacific War will air on the channel on Wednesdays, and focus on topics like Pearl Harbor.
While some of these episodes have already been released, full weekly digital programming will begin April 20.
Monday – Oral History Spotlight on NMPW blog (highlights a WWII veteran’s story)
Tuesday – Nimitz Minitz
Wednesday – Highlights and Insights of the Pacific War
Thursday – Nimitz Minitz
Friday – Facebook Livestream (TBA)
And if you want more online activities, NMPW is also offering activities such as the Four Freedoms art competition and “Write Your Own Ending,” which will be rolling out in the coming weeks.
So, don’t use your isolation as an excuse to sit in front of the TV or a tablet. Take advantage of these and other digital opportunities that bring the wide world into your home.
Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.