FAMILY WORKSHOPSOur workshops offer a variety of hands-on experiences that introduce young children to concepts in engaging ways. Each class includes playful activities that are intentionally chosen to support your child’s development. Our learning extends beyond the classroom and into the museum and community where children and parents are encouraged to wonder and explore together as a family.
10:00 Learning Centers10:30 Morning Meeting10:45 Museum Visit11:30 Conclude at Museum
AGE: 24 - 36 MONTHS
TICKETS: ONE CARETAKER + ONE CHILD
LOCATION: ALL CLASSES BEGIN AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM AND CONCLUDE AT VARIOUS MUSEUMS (SEE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS FOR MORE INFO)
Saturday, April 7 @ 10 AM
Sunday, April 15 @ 10 AM
Did you know there are about 40,000 types of spiders in the world?! We’ll take a look at the vast variety among the species, and what traits they all have in common. Then we’ll try out being a spider and spin our own web!
Museum Visit: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Saturday, May 5 @ 10 AM
Sunday, May 6 @ 10 AM
Saturday, May 12 @ 10 AM
This class is sure to have something for everyone! We’ll learn about rabbit characteristics, before hopping over to the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden where we’ll explore rabbits further by combining stories, music, and modern art.
Museum Visit: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Saturday, June 2 @ 10 AM
Sunday, June 3 @ 10 AM
Saturday, June 16 @ 10 AM
Elephants are particularly lovable creatures who figure prominently in Indian culture. Children will learn about these gentle giants and visit the Sackler Gallery to hear a story about Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god.
Museum Visit: Sackler Gallery
Saturday, July 7 @ 10 AM
Sunday, July 8 @ 10 AM
Saturday, July 21 @ 10 AM
Are you ready for some monkey business? We’ll begin by learning about monkeys and some of their unique characteristics, and end our morning visiting Xu Bing’s Monkeys Grasp for the Moon that spans the three floors of the Sackler Gallery.
Saturday, August 4 @ 10 AM
Sunday, August 5 @ 10 AM
Saturday, August 11 @ 10 AM
Have you heard the news? Abiyoyo is coming! Jump into this story based on the South African lullaby and folk story through dramatic play, song, and art. Your family is sure to be singing “Abiyoyo” for days afterward.
ARRIVALNational Museum of Natural History – Constitution Avenue Entrance
Attendees may bypass the public security line and go through the staff security check point. Simply tell the officer that you are a participant in a Smithsonian Early Enrichment (SEEC) family workshop and provide your name and your child’s name. If your name is not on the registration, you will have to go through security. Security lines, especially during the spring and summer months, can be long.CHECK INStaff will be waiting for you between the T-Rex head and glass double doors labeled Smithsonian Library located on the SAME level in which you entered.
A staff person will be available to check you in up to 30 minutes after the start of class. After which point, you may follow the signs to gain entry to our classroom.ON-TIME ARRIVALSEEC strongly recommends arriving on time. We structure the start of our morning so children can become acquainted with the environment and educators. Children who arrive late often have a more difficult time acclimating to a new space/people and they miss out on the play we have designed to support your child’s understanding of the day’s theme.CARETAKERS AND SIBLINGSTickets are good for one caretaker/child. Additional caretakers are welcome to wait in our conference room and join us for the museum portion of the class. We usually leave for our museum visits about 45 -50 minutes after the start of class. We are not able to accommodate siblings unless they are infants in carriers.STROLLERSRegistrants are welcome to bring a stroller, but if your child is in a carrier or able to walk you might find it easier to move through the museums. It is important to always be mindful of strollers, especially in smaller gallery spaces.SNACKA nut-free snack is provided for the toddler, twos and Pre-K classes. If your child has an allergy other than nuts, please bring your own snack. Food is not permitted inside the museums.GETTING TO THE MUSEUMWe know it can be difficult finding parking, getting through traffic, or managing metro. Please give yourself some extra time so that when you find a street is closed or there is no parking nearby you can still make it on time.We will do our best to notify you of large events and/or street closures within the vicinity of the Museum, but it is ultimately the registrant’s responsibility to plan their route. Consider checking http://www.godcgo.com/ before you travel.PARKINGStreet parking is available, but fills up quickly. Consider utilizing apps to help you find a spot or pay for your meter the night before class. If all else fails, there are a number of garages within walking distance.METROClosest stations: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian and Navy/Archives. Please check metro’s schedule for track work and delays. WEATHERCome prepared, we walk outside in most weather.REFUNDSFull refunds with up to two weeks’ notice. With one week notice, we offer transfers to another class. Transfers are subject to availability.
Friday, Feb. 2 - 12:00 amtoSunday, Sep. 16 2:00 am