Bring Your Own Baby is a specially designed program for adult audiences who are looking for a rich learning experience and an opportunity to meet other caretakers.
Join us as we ease into the morning with some light conversation and a walk to a nearby museum where we will explore one of the topics outlined below. While aimed at adults, the rich environment will benefit baby too by exposing them to new stimuli and vocabulary!
AGE: Caretakers and babies, 0 -12 months
PROGRAM SCHEDULE10:00 Coffee and Play10:30 Museum Tour
LOCATION: ALL CLASSES BEGIN AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM AND CONCLUDE AT VARIOUS MUSEUMS (SEE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS FOR MORE INFO)
What's Your Impression? | April 10 at 10am
Monet, Degas, Renoir…some of the most well-known artists, and yet when they first exhibited their work it was met with harsh criticism. Explore the distinct characteristics of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork and why it was controversial in its time.
Inspired by Nature | April 24 at 10am
Explore the ways in which inventors mimic the natural world to come up with products that improve our everyday lives.
Parenting Class: Being Your Child’s First Teacher | May 8 at 10am
A child’s education begins at birth. Caregivers can help children begin their learning journey by responding to their interests, sparking their curiosity, and allowing them to engage in self-directed activities. Join us as we explore some ways to support your child’s development and encourage their innate love of learning.
Stories of Gods and Teachers | May 22 at 10am
Listen to stories about figures central to Hinduism and Buddhism and uncover the meaning of the rich visual language associated with these ancient religions.
Silence is Golden | June 5 at 10am
Ancient languages are a tool to explore both the history and artistry of writing systems. We’ll explore several kinds, including cuneiform writing and hieroglyphics to learn about how these systems develop and the ways we use them today.
What's Your Impression? | June 19 at 10am
Stories of Gods and Teachers | July 17 at 10am
Inspired by Nature | July 31 at 10am
Silence is Golden | August 14 at 10am
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 by the T-Rex head located on the SAME level in which you entered near the glass double doors that read Smithsonian Library.
A staff person will be available to check you in up to 30 minutes after the start of class.
STROLLERSWe recommend that you bring baby in a carrier as we can only accommodate limited a limited number of strollers. If you do bring a stroller, kindly bring your smallest one.
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 try 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 utilizes 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.
Saturday, Feb. 3 - 12:00 amtoSunday, Sep. 16 2:00 am