Let the presidents be your guide on this bird watching exhibition tour of the White House.
View of the White House from Lafayette Park
If you are lucky enough to have reserved a tour of the White House for your family (or even if you will simply be walking past the White House during a trip downtown) consider preparing with this fun online tour created by The White House Historical Association.
Your children will be led through the main floor of the White House by cartoon depictions of former presidents such as George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt. As your children navigate through each room, a new president appears and shares amusing historical stories before challenging your child to "find the eagles," a national symbol which can be found throughout the White House.
Your children will be captivated by the story of Dolley Madison saving George Washington's portrait when the White House was burned during the War of 1812. They will be amused by Theodore Roosevelt's trouble-making children sneaking through the State Dining Room with their pony.
The online tour begins in the East Room, and takes the same route that public tours travel through the White House main floor.
Don't be surprised when your children take the time to look for all the eagles during your real White House tour. . . and they won't be disappointed!
For more information and resources on the White House, visit the following:
A Tour of the White House: a narrated historical tour of the White House, also from the White House Historical Association.
If you have scheduled a tour of the White House, consider stopping at the White House Visitor Center prior to your tour.
To schedule a tour of the White House, you must contact your member of Congress. More information is provided here.