Join us for a Virtual Pajama Party!

You're invited to a free program for kids and their families! Virtual Pajama Party October 17, 8 pm ET

Join us on Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 8 to 9 pm ET!

This online event for kids aged 8–12 will focus on Jackie Robinson, including his barrier-breaking career in baseball – but also his lifelong commitment to civil rights work through civic engagement and advocacy.

Participants will read The Hero Two Doors Down, learn about historical documents in the National Archives, create their own artwork, and participate in fun activities!

The program will include a special appearance by Sharon Robinson, author of The Hero Two Doors Down and daughter of Jackie and Rachel Robinson. The historical fiction book is about a real episode in her father’s life. Ms. Robinson will read a section of her book and answer questions.

Jackie Robinson in his Brooklyn Dodgers uniform, Still Pictures Identifier: 306-PS-50-7551
Available on DocsTeach

Hands-on activities will make connections to topics like sports, African-American history, and civil rights. Three activities will be shared in advance of the program for participants to work on on their own.

Themes for program activities include:

  • Welcoming Strangers
  • Heroes
  • Making Mistakes and Making Changes
  • Standing Up Against Discrimination

Each theme includes visual sources and an art-based activity, as well as historical documents and writing activities. Parents/guardians can choose which activities work best for their children.

While the suggested age range for the Virtual Pajama Party is 8-12, younger siblings are invited to participate and activities will support multi-age learning.

Register here.

The first 75 households to register will receive a complimentary copy of The Hero Two Doors Down from the Archives Store. [UPDATE 10/5/20 All complimentary books have been claimed.]

Books are available for purchase from the Archives Store. Use code BOOK15 for a 15% discount.

Questions? Email education@nara.gov for more information.

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