Family Programs

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library welcomes families to come together to create lasting memories that inspire young learners through fun, dynamic, and diverse programming. We believe in using creative approaches to make learning about military history accessible to guests of all ages.

Upcoming Family Programs

Join us in person for these free family-friendly programs!

We may be able to assist with transportation costs for groups of 10 or more. Please contact for more information. 

  • PMML Experience at the Chicago Marathon

    Everyone is invited to visit the PMML Experience at the Chicago Marathon. 

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  • Holiday Cards for Our Troops

    Show your support and appreciation for deployed troops this holiday season! Send a card to deployed service men and women. 

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On the Home Front

Can’t make it to one of our programs? Here are some activities we’ve done in the past, and everything you need to try them at home!


After you try one of our activities, you can show off your work by tagging us on Twitter and Instagram using #PMMLFamily or emailing us. We’d love to hear from you!

PMML Family Reading Corner

Book Spotlight 

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each month, we select a few exceptional books that highlight a specific aspect of military history. This October, celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with these powerful stories:

Soldier For Equality

Soldier For Equality

Written & illustrated by: Duncan Tonatiuh

José de la Luz Sáenz (Luz) believed in fighting for what was right. Though born in the United States, Luz often faced prejudice because of his Mexican heritage. Determined to help his community, even in the face of discrimination, he taught school—children during the day and adults in the evenings.

When World War I broke out, Luz joined the army, as did many others. His ability to quickly learn languages made him an invaluable member of the Intelligence Office in Europe. However, Luz found that prejudice followed him even to war, and despite his efforts, he often didn’t receive credit for his contributions. Upon returning home to Texas, he joined with other Mexican American veterans to create the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which today is the largest and oldest Latinx civil rights organization.

Recommended Reading Age: 6-8 years

The Red Umbrella

The Red Umbrella

By: Christina Diaz Gonzalez

The Red Umbrella is a moving tale of a 14-year-old girl's journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro's revolution.

In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. And soon, Lucía's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States—on their own.

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

The Red Umbrella is a touching story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.

Librarian’s note:  The Museum and Library has other books on war refugees.  If your reader likes this one, they may also like: My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve. Translated by Tammi Reichel.

Recommended Reading Age: 8-12 years

Reading List

If you’re looking for more ways to discover military history with your family, books are a great place to start! The Pritzker Military Museum & Library carries a wide selection of books for young readers. Here are some of our favorites: