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. 

  • Sundays on State

    Join us at Sundays on State on July 24 and August 21 with activities for youth and adults alike. Stop by the PMML booth to learn more about our current exhibit, Life Behind the Wire: Prisoners of War, step into a World War I recruitment poster to take your photo, and bring the kids for a special activity they will enjoy! 

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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 from home!

PMML Family Reading Corner

Book Spotlight 

Animal Heroes

Each month, we select a few exceptional books that highlight a specific aspect of military history. This August, learn about the animals that have served in the military with these inspiring true stories:

Soldier Bear

Soldier Bear

By: Bibi Dumon Tak
Illustrated by: Philip Hopman

When a group of Polish soldiers stationed in Iran during World War II trade a penknife, a tin of beef, and some money for an orphaned bear cub, it’s the start of a very special friendship – and a remarkable story.

The bear travels with the soldiers throughout the war, providing constant entertainment with his antics. His mischief gets him into plenty of trouble along the way, but he also provides unexpected encouragement amid the grim realities of war.

Based on a series of actual events, Bibi Dumon Tak's powerful and surprising novel offers readers a glimpse at this fascinating piece of history.

 

Recommended Reading Age: 4-12 years

Stubby the war dog

Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog

By: Ann Bausum

Move over, Rin Tin Tin. Here comes Sgt. Stubby! That German shepherd star of the silver screen may have been born behind enemy lines during World War I, but Stubby, the stump-tailed terrier, worked behind enemy lines, and gained military honors along the way. Private Robert Conroy casually adopted the orphan pup while attending basic training on the campus of Yale University in 1917. The Connecticut volunteer never imagined that his stray dog would become a war hero. He just liked the little guy. When Conroy's unit shipped out for France, he smuggled his new friend aboard. By the time Stubby encountered Conroy's commanding officer, the dog had perfected his right-paw salute. Charmed, the CO awarded Stubby mascot status and sent him along with Conroy's unit to the Western Front. Stubby's brave deeds earned him a place in history and in the Smithsonian Institution where his stuffed body can still be seen. Almost 100 years later, Stubby's great deeds and brave heart make him an animal hero to fall in love with and treasure all over again.

 

Recommended Reading Age: 10-14 years

Librarian’s note:  Stubby was a real dog with a big heart.  His story was also made into an animated film, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018).

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: