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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India and Tibet

Sunday, Aug 4 at 2pm
Sunday, Aug 11 at 10am

The Hindu and Buddhist religions are vast and complex. In this class, we will explore common traditions in India and Tibet relating to these religions. We will use storytelling and careful looking as a means to introducing some important ideas in both cultures.

Museum Visit: Freer Gallery

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Monet and the Sun

September 14 at 10:15am
September 29 at 2:15pm
Museum Visit: National Gallery of Art
We all know that Monet was a great artist, but did you know that his paintings show the progression of the sun? Join us for an exciting class that weaves science and art together.



Batty, Batty Bat

October 5 at 10:15am
October 20 at 2:15pm
Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History
You might be seeing lots of bats around now that Halloween is getting closer, but what do we actually know about these animals? Through hands-on activities, we will learn about these flying mammals’ characteristics, habitats and more!



Museum Madness

November 3 and 17 at 10:15am
Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History
Perhaps you love coming to the museum to see the airplanes, or maybe the dinosaurs, or possibly it’s the painting of a ballerina you love. But what are museums really for? Join us as we become collectors and build our own mini-museums as a way of understanding how museums work.



Jane Goodall

December 8 at 2:15pm
December 15 at 10:15am
Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History
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.