Preschool Pioneers


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: 3 – 5 years
: 10:15 – 11:45 am OR 2:15 – 3:45pm
One Caretaker + One Child
(one additional caretaker is welcome to join for the museum portion of the class)
Location: All classes begin at the National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Avenue Lobby and conclude at the museum listed in the course description

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Jane Goodall

December 8 at 2:15pm
December 15 at 10:15am


If you love animals then you have something in common with Jane Goodall! This class will take a look at the exciting life of Jane Goodall and some of her personality traits that made her so successful, such as patience and persistence. We’ll take a page from Jane’s book and become animal scientists as we carefully observe animal behavior outside.
Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History


Cave Art

January 4 at 10:15am
January 5 at 12:15pm


Thousands of years ago, early humans drew on the wall of caves all over the world and at different times. This class will give children the chance to explore the life of early humans and explore these mysterious symbols, how they were made, and what they might have meant.
Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History


Machines and Car Engines

February 1 at 10:15am
February 2 at 12:15pm


What machines do you use every day? We’ll take a closer look at machines and how they work before focusing on car engines. We’ll end class by enacting a car engine cylinder and creating our own innovative machines.
Museum Visit: National Museum of American History


The Science of Sound

March 7 at 10:15am
March 8 at 2:15pm


We hear sounds all the time, whether it be cars honking, people talking, birds chirping, or music playing, but how is sound made? We’ll explore how vibration creates the many sounds that we hear every day, and conclude class looking at and creating jazz instruments.
Museum Visit: National Museum of American History



April 5 at 2:15pm
April 25 at 10:15am


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: Freer Sackler Galleries