If you are looking for ways to keep your kids busy, you are in luck because May 18 is International Museum Day and there are tons of free online museum tours to choose from. You can opt to virtually tour museums that reinforce material your kids are learning in school, or those that reflect topics they are interested in. You can also share museums and topics with your family that are meaningful to you. No matter how you celebrate International Museum Day you are sure to make some lasting memories.

Below are links to some virtual museum tours you and your family may enjoy, courtesy of The Goddard School in West Orange’s, “Things to Do with Kids” column. 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

The next time you sit down for a family dinner, toss out some of these facts to spark a lively and informative family conversation. After dinner, look up some of these dates and facts and explore the historical moments as a family.

  • A party of settlers led by John Smith established the first permanent English settlement in the New World at Jamestown Va. on May 14, 1607.
  • Vaseline petroleum jelly landed on store shelves for the first time on May 14, 1878.
  • The first U.S. space station "Skylab" was launched on May 14, 1973.
  • The last episode of Seinfeld aired on May 14, 1998.
  • President Abraham Lincoln established the Department of Agriculture (USDA) on May 15, 1862.
  • Nylon stockings hit the market for first time on May 15, 1940.
  • The song “If I Had a Hammer” by Peter, Paul, and Mary won a Grammy on May 15, 1963.
  • Charles Hires invented Root Beer on May 16, 1866.
  • The first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs on May 17, 1875.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte became Emperor of France on May 18, 1804.
  • Ringling Brothers circus premiered on May 19, 1884.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope transmitted photographs from space on May 20, 1990.