ACKtivities for Kids

Have fun with Nantucket History!

Old Mill Recipes

Explore these recipes using corn meal and more, inspired by the Old Mill!

House History Book

Create your own house history.  Print the pages 2-sided or if they are 1-sided use the blank pages for your own additions!

Macy-Christian House Craft

Make your own model of the historic Macy-Christian House.  Download printable pages to decorate your house in your own style.  Glue or tape the tabs together to assemble.

Historic Properties Scavenger Hunt

Go on an adventure back through time on Nantucket by visiting the Nantucket Historical Association’s iconic historic properties. Follow this Scavenger Hunt to learn about our island’s story and its people. You may even discover a place you never knew (or forgot) existed!

Follow the map to visit each location in any order. Take a selfie with you and your family (or pod) at one of our properties and tag @ackhistory!

Download our Discovery Center ACKtivity Books

Island Explorers 1: Historic House Cut-outs

Create your own 3-D pop-ups of the historic properties here on Nantucket.

Island Explorers 2: Lighthouse Coloring Book

Beautify our three local lighthouses.

Island Explorers 3: Nantucket Word Search

Pass the time by finding the buried Nantucket words!

Island Explorers 4: Scrimshaw

Learn about the art of scrimshaw and create your own scrimshaw folk art for display!

Island Explorers 5: Nantucket Whale Ship Coloring Book

Sail the seven seas with this coloring book full of fun characters.

Island Explorers 6: Puppeteers

Learn about Tony Sarg and the Macy’s Day Parade and create your own finger puppets for a show at home!

Island Explorers 7: Multi-Lingual Craft Kit

Participate in these fun craft activities translated in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Bulgarian, and Thai using materials you can find at home!

Island Explorers 8: Family Trees

Create your own family tree and learn about some of the earliest European settlers on Nantucket.

Island Explorers 9: The Mighty Squid

Test your deep-sea knowledge by labeling the parts of a squid.


Island Explorers 10: 49ers Treasure Hunt Board Game

Print, cut-out and enjoy this 49ers inspired Nantucket board game.


Island Explorers 11: Make Your Own Signal Flag

Learn about the international language of boats with this create your own signal flag activity.

Island Explorers 12: Nantucket and the Boston Tea Party

Label the parts of a full-rigged ship and learn the Nantucket connection with the Boston Tea Party.

Island Explorers 13: Kitchen Cleanup

Organize and “history-ize” your kitchen with this two-part family activity.


Island Explorers 14: Journey to the Pacific

Navigate this maze and use the stars as your guides to trace the journey of Nantucket whalers to the Pacific. 


Island Explorers 15: Nantucket News

Create an article and illustration about your week for the 1st edition of the Nantucket Gazette.



Island Explorers 16: Sunny Days Coloring Book

Enjoy a southern breeze with these stress free coloring pages.


Island Explorers 17: Dreamhouses

In honor of our Philadelphia connection and the Monaghan sisters, let’s create our own dream house!

Island Explorers 18: Nantucket Migration Coloring Book

Nantucket has always been a place of comings and goings, not just for people, but for animals. Enjoy this coloring book featuring members of the animal kingdom who migrate to or from Nantucket.

Island Explorers 19: Maori Inspired Bookmarks

Celebrate the beautiful art of the south-pacific by coloring in these Maori inspired bookmark designs.



The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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