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 programs@pritzkermilitary.org for more information. 

Family Programs are recommended for participants age 7-11 and their chaperones and siblings.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

 

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 


 

Black History Month

Each month, we select a few exceptional books that highlight a specific aspect of military history. This February, celebrate Black History Month with these powerful stories:

The Courageous Six Triple Eight: The All-Black Female Battalion of World War II

The Courageous Six Triple Eight: The All-Black Female Battalion of World War II

By: Artika R. Tyner

Illustrated by: Cynthia Paul

When the United States entered World War II, it had to face its own contradictions at home. Opportunities opened up for Black people and women in support of the war effort. But ideas about race and gender didn't change as swiftly. Read the story of the first all-Black battalion in the Women's Army Corps—the Six Triple Eight—and its leader, Major Charity Adams. These women bravely confronted the racism and sexism they experienced. And they did it while creating a system to make sure millions of letters and packages got to soldiers fighting in Europe. From the Women Warriors of World War II graphic novel series, this inspiring story will introduce readers to heroes who were victorious in more ways than one.

Recommended Reading age: 8-12 years

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Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution

Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution

By: Gretchen Woelfle

Illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie

Even as American Patriots fought for independence from British rule during the Revolutionary War, oppressive conditions remained in place for the thousands of enslaved and free African Americans living in this country. But African Americans took up their own fight for freedom by joining the British and American armies; preaching, speaking out, and writing about the evils of slavery; and establishing settlements in Nova Scotia and Africa.

The thirteen stories featured in this collection spotlight charismatic individuals who answered the cry for freedom, focusing on the choices they made and how they changed America both then and now.

Recommended Reading Age: 9-12 years

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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: