Our 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.
Ages | 4-12 months
Time | 10 – 11am
Cost | $30
Ticket | One Caretaker + One Child (one additional caretaker is welcome to join for the museum portion of the class)
Location | Classes begin at National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Avenue Lobby and conclude at the museum listed in the course description
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES | 2017 – 2018
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Saturday, March 3 at 10am
Sunday, March 4 at 10am
We will use the classic children’s song as a gateway for discovering how boats move on the water. Families will visit the National Museum of American History’s On the Water: Stories from Maritime America, where they will explore sailboats, steamboats, and cargo ships.
Museum Visit | National Museum of American History
Get a Whiff of This?
Saturday, April 7 at 10am
Sunday, April 8 at 10am
Young children learn using all their senses and this class focuses on smell. In the classroom, we will explore different scents and then go on a trip to the National Gallery of Art where families will have an olfactory tour of some of their paintings.
Museum Visit | National Gallery of Art West Building
Saturday, May 5 at 10am
Sunday, May 6 at 10am
Where better to read Sandra Boyton’s Barnyard Dance than at the Kids’ Farm at the Smithsonian National Zoo? Join us for this special class where we forgo our normal classrooms at the National Mall and instead have the entire class at the National Zoo.
Museum Visit | National Zoo
Fruits and Veggies
Saturday, June 2 at 10am
Sunday, June 3 at 10am
Help cultivate your infant’s developing palate by comparing the colors of fruits and vegetables to pieces in the National Gallery of Art. Families will explore different types of produce with hands-on observations and maybe even some taste-testing!
Museum Visit | National Gallery of Art East Building
Over, Under, and Through
Saturday, July 7 at 10am
Sunday, July 8 at 10am
Young children are drawn to discovering more about the world around them and especially going over, under, and through things. For this lesson, we will capitalize on that natural curiosity and end the class by visiting the Multiverse at the National Gallery of Art.
Museum Visit | National Gallery of Art
Wings of Fancy
Saturday, August 4 at 10am
Sunday, August 5 at 10am
Butterflies and birds are a source of delight for all children. Come play and explore as we discover the beauty and wonder of these creatures! For this lesson, we will draw on resources from the National Museum of Natural History.
Museum Visit | National Museum of Natural History