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Week of March 1, 2015
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How many rooms are in Buckingham
Palace?
188
655
775

Who painted The Great Horseshoe Fall, Niagara?
William H. Jackson
Alvan Fisher
Pat Steir

Where was the first mint in the New World established?
Spain
Mexico City
Britain

Visit the Palace

PalaceHave you ever wondered what palace life is like? See homes of the British Monarchy in The Royal Residences, royal.gov.uk/
TheRoyalResidences/Res
Chan nel.aspx
. Step into Buckingham Palace with Virtual Rooms and see The Blue Drawing Room’s chandeliers that date back to 1810. More than 50,000 people visit Buckingham Palace every year. Holyroodhouse in Scotland was Queen Victoria’s home; its History goes back nearly nine centuries. Then watch the First Televised Christmas Broadcast in the Residences and Estates Video Gallery.

Play Verb Viper
Verb Viper

Art Adventure

figurinesTake a trip to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where you’ll receive a note from a mysterious character. Meet Me at Midnight, american
art.si.edu/exhibitions/
online/midnight/default_flash.html
, gives you a virtual tour of paintings and other works of art in the museum. Artifacts such as a headless horseman will come to life. The Big City Skyline is jumbled – try to reassemble it correctly. Complete each task and receive a code word and a clue that will assist you in solving a mystery. At the end of the journey, a friend will help you put all the clues together.


Early Money

coinThe shiny coins in your piggy bank look different from the coins used in Colonial Williamsburg in the 1600s. Coins and Currency in Colonial America, history.
org/history/museums/coin
Exhibit
, is a valuable collection of early American coins, medals and paper money. While settlers in Virginia didn’t find precious metals to use in minting coins, other countries’ coins were accepted for almost 70 years. Scroll through the timeline of coins and View Size Relative to a Modern Quarter. Each coin is unique. Select the ones you find interesting and learn more about their origin and value. Visit Revolutionary Money to see a coin designed by Benjamin Franklin.

Speak Out

What is the longest road trip you have ever taken?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: My family is planning to take a road trip for spring break and I was wondering if you have some ideas about how to pass the time in the car. – Macy G., Columbia, Missouri

Dear Macy: My family has taken many long car trips, so I have some experience in this area. One of my favorite things to do is bring a book I haven’t read before. You can choose one from home or the local library, or even borrow one from a friend.

If you don’t like to read in the car, you can bring an audiobook or music to listen to. Some vehicles are equipped with DVD players, which allow you to play movies or video games. If you prefer more low-tech options, consider travel games such as road-trip bingo or the license plate game.

One more tip to help you pass the time and save memories from your vacation: I always bring a camera and a notebook along. I take notes about the trip and collect things that will remind me of it later, such as restaurant menus and ticket stubs from places we’ve visited. When I get home, I print photos I have taken and add them to the notebook pages to create a scrapbook. You can find these and other great ideas at Car Travel Games, momsminivan.com.

—Amy

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