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

‘Tis the Season to Gather and Learn

Saturdays, December 5th – 19th

Get in the spirit of the season by exploring the winter solstice, the weather patterns behind snow, and the practice of gift giving.

Ages: 5-8
Time: 3:00pm – 3:45pm –OR– 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Price: $55 (3 week session instead of a typical 4 week session)
Ticket: One Family
Location: Classes meet virtually

Register Here

Blast off into Space!

Saturdays, January 23rd – February 13th

Start the count down, we’re blasting off into space to learn about the moon, space travel, and the planets in this out of this world workshop series.

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

Register Here

Theater Arts

Saturdays, February 27th – March 20th

Theater is so much more than the performance you see on a stage. From costumes, to sets, to lightening – it takes a big community to create a work of theater. Join us as we explore a variety of roles in the theater.

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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