The Capitol building is surrounded by American flags a day before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

11 ways kids can take part in the presidential inauguration

Updated 6:47 PM ET, Tue January 19, 2021

(CNN)If kids were actually going to school, they'd likely be watching Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on television and getting a civic lesson or two.

But in the pandemic, most of them are learning remotely. What's a parent to do?
Here are some fun and educational ways to get your kids involved in this important American government ritual that only happens every four years. Most of these options go beyond watching the star-studded inauguration festivities on TV.
  • Write a letter to the Veep. Ask your kids to tell Vice President-elect Kamala Harris what her historic election means to them. They can email the letters, along with their name and hometown, to letters@bideninaugural.org or post them online with the hashtag #LetterstoKamala.
  • Make a cameo. Share your vision for America using 8 words or less, upload the video and you could show up in the inauguration festivities.
  • Design your own Oval Office. If you want to get really art-and-crafty, Crayola has directions on how you and your kids can design the most important office in the land.
  • Test your knowledge of presidential pets. This quiz has different questions for different grade levels.
  • Play inauguration bingo. Check out options for inauguration bingo here or create your own bingo cards.
  • Design an inauguration parade float. This guide has ideas on how to build mini-floats from boxes and other materials or just draw a picture of your float.
  • Play inauguration trivia. For example, who gave the shortest inaugural address? That'd be George Washington in 1793, who spoke only 135 words.
  • Read about how government works. These children's books help explain our political process and democratic system. They include "When you Grow up to Vote," by Eleanor Roosevelt.
Inauguration Day events

All times in ET

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans Hosted by Keke Palmer, it will feature a special message from Jill Biden;a segment on presidential pets and trivia questions.

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Inauguration ceremonies begin

Noon: Biden is sworn in

After that, the following events will take place:
- Wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery
- Biden gets presidential escort to the White House

- Virtual Parade Across America


8:30 p.m.: "Celebrating America" Primetime Special Hosted by Tom Hanks, this 90-minute prime-time program will feature remarks from President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and include appearances by Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, and Kerry Washington.

Full details here.