October Social Studies 2020

Due to its popularity, we have extended our socially distanced, outdoor social studies program for young learners* through October 2020.  We have updated our days and hour of offerings to reflect the needs of our participants and will now be offering programs Tuesdays at 10am and Wednesdays at 10am and 3:30pm.

Each week brings a new and exciting activity. Reserve an outdoor table for your family and join President Lincoln’s Cottage in an exploration of your own emotions through storytelling, hands-on activities, and reflection.

*The program was developed for ages 2-8, but children of all ages are welcome to participate.

Week 1 Program


Week 2 Program


Week 3 Program


Week 4 Program


*Program was developed for ages 2-8, but children of all ages are welcome to participate.

Safety Measures & General Information

The entire program will take place outside at our picnic area located behind the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. When possible staff and visitors will maintain 6-feet of social distancing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure.


To ensure safe social distancing, admission includes a reservation for a table for each family/group to use during and after the program. Tables come in sizes for up to 4 people or up to 8 people. We invite you to pack a picnic and stay with us after the end of the program.

Mask Policy

In accordance with Mayor Bowser’s Order 2020-080, visitors three years and older are required to wear face masks while outside. Security at the gate will ask to see your masks before allowing you to enter the grounds.

Armed Forces Retirement Home

President Lincoln’s Cottage is on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Security for the Armed Forces Retirement Home requires visitors to show valid identification at the security gate in order to enter the property.  Please be prepared to show your ID.

Exploring beyond the boundaries of President Lincoln’s Cottage is not permitted and results in trespassing on federal property.

Additionally, the Creative Minds Play Space is closed.

Please send any questions to [email protected]

All events are considered public events for the purpose of photography and video.

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