BYOB: Bring Your Own Baby



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
Member: $10
Non-Member: $15
Ticket: 1 Caretaker + 1 Child
Location: Program begins at the National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Avenue Lobby and concludes at a museum listed in course description

10:15 Coffee and Play
10:45  Museum Tour
11:45 Conclude at Museum

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Like Father; Like Son

January 7 at 10:15am: Register Here

Learn about the artist and apprenticeship relationship that developed in the Italian Renaissance. Compare and contrast this dependent relationship with your developing relationship with your baby. Museum Visit: National Gallery of Art

Gems & Minerals

January 21 at 10:15am: Register Here

As your baby explores the beautiful colors and shapes of the gems and minerals housed in the Smithsonian’s Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, you will learn some of the science behind these formations.


Parenting Class: Music

February 4 at 10:15am: Register Here

Learn how connect songs with museum objects to ensure a positive learning experience for your baby. Babies love listening and hearing music so this class will encourage parents to sing to their child while at the museum.
Museum Visit: National Museum of American History

Silence is Golden

February 18 at 10:15am: Register Here

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.
Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History


Exploring Sculptures

March 10 at 10:15am: Register Here

Take a tour of famous sculptors and learn about their styles, materials, and lives. You and your child will be encouraged to look closely at the sculptures to experience this three dimensional work.
Museum Visit: NGA Sculpture garden or NGA East (for inclement weather)

Did You Know?: Amazing Animals

March 24 at 10:15am: Register Here

Let’s explore the animals of the Museum of Natural History as we learn some truly amazing, and sometimes surprising, facts.
Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History


Stories of Gods and Teachers

April 7 at 10:15am: Register Here

Listen to stories about figures central to Hinduism and Buddhism and uncover the meaning of the rich visual language associated with these ancient religions.
Museum Visit: Freer Sackler Galleries

Parenting Class: Gross Motor

April 21 at 10:15am: Register Here

Gain insight into how young children learn how to move their bodies and then compare what we know about child development to the putti and cherubs on display at the National Gallery of Art.
Museum Visit: National Gallery of Art