Toddler Trailblazers



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: 13 – 23 months
10:15 – 11:45 am
Member: $30
Non-Member: $35
One Caretaker + One Child
(one additional caretaker is welcome to join for the museum portion of the class)
Location: Program begins at the National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Avenue Lobby and concludes at a museum listed in course description

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Autumn Leaves

November 3 and 17 at 10:15am: REGISTER HERE

Explore the breathtaking beauty of autumn! We will go on a hunt for autumnal colors by looking both outside on the trees and in paintings.
Museum Visit: National Gallery of Art


Ocean Water

December 8 and 15 and 10:15am: REGISTER HERE

Engage in imaginative ocean play before discovering more about marine life at the Museum’s Sant Ocean Hall. We will learn about ocean animals both large and small and meet Phoenix the model whale.
Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History


Polar Bear, Polar Bear

January 4 and 5 at 10:15am: REGISTER HERE

January is one of our coldest months – and a perfect time to read Eric Carle’s famous Polar Bear, Polar Bear! This lesson will combine the classic book with the National Museum of Natural History’s collection of Arctic specimens.
Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History


Tiny Painters

February 1 and 2 at 10:15am: REGISTER HERE

It’s never too early to start painting! This class is designed to introduce your toddler to the tools and materials that painters use. The class will encourage families to create with paint and include a visit to some vibrant examples of paintings at the Hirshhorn Museum.
Museum Visit: Hirshhorn Museum


Little Cloud

March 7 and 8 at 10:15am: REGISTER HERE

Build upon your child’s growing imagination by exploring the ever changing shapes of clouds while reading Eric Carle’s Little Could. We will explore the types of clouds before heading to the National Gallery of Art.
Museum Visit: National Gallery of Art – West


Rain, Rain Go Away

April 5 and 25 at 10:15am: REGISTER HERE

“April showers bring May flowers” and this class will try to make the most of a rainy spring! Toddlers will begin to learn the science of how a rain cloud forms and will leave the class wanting to jump in rain puddles.
Museum Visit: National Gallery of Art – East


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