Early Elementary Workshops


The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center’s Family Workshops are going virtual for the 2020 – 2021 school year. While we may not be together in person, we will continue to build family communities via online workshop series. Our workshops combine the wonders of the Smithsonian online collection, best practices of early childhood, and personal connections to foster children’s love of learning. We are excited to connect with you all!

Basic Information:

  • Classes will meet virtually on the weekends for 45 minutes.
  • Small class size – limited to eight families to allow for meaningful experiences and connections.
  • A video with an activity or challenge will be sent in between each weekend session.
  • Additional resources provided:
    • Information for caregivers regarding the benefits of the content and activities.
    • Additional activities
    • Related literature, videos, websites, etc., to further explore the topic.

Current Offerings

Enormous Beasts

Saturdays, April 17th – May 8th

Dinosaurs, dragons, and elephants, oh my! Explore a variety of giant animals including real, pretend, and prehistoric.

Ages: 5-8
Time: 3:00pm – 3:45pm –OR– 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Price: $75
Ticket: One Family
Location: Classes meet virtually

Register Here


Playful Pollinators & Savvy Seeds

Saturdays, June 5th – June 26th

Take the tablet outside (or park it next to a window) while we discover how plants are born. We’ll explore the amazing ways plants spread their seeds and explore how animals help the process.

Ages: 5-8
Time: 3:00pm – 3:45pm –OR– 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Price: $75
Ticket: One Family
Location: Classes meet virtually

Register Here


Private Classes: Want to schedule a class or a session of classes for your family and family friends? Email Brooke Shoemaker at ShoemakerB@si.edu for more information and availability.


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