At the Smithsonian

Professional Growth Opportunities for Museum and Early Childhood Professionals

SEEC offers tools to provide young children with meaningful learning experiences through its blend of museum and early childhood experience.

Join us at the Smithsonian for our annual seminars! In addition to plenty of interactive hands-on experiences, SEEC’s one and two day seminars include gallery based experiences, collegial dialogue and small group exploration and experimentation.



July 9 & 10, 2018 |  Play: Engaging Young Learners in Object Rich Environments

Location: SC Johnson Conference Center at the National Museum of American History Price: $300

This fast-paced, interactive two day seminar takes place at the Smithsonian Institution and covers the use of play as a vehicle for engaging young children in the classroom, museum, and community. Bringing together children’s interests, play themes, and museum collections, seminar participants partake in hands-on, object based activities, gallery visits, and guided discussions with museum professionals and early childhood educators.

DAY ONE 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM:

  • Discuss the theory and research behind play, and delve deeper into what play is, our beliefs about it, how it relates to learning, and how it can be incorporated into classroom and museum settings.
  • Play in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, reflect on different types of play, and how to facilitate these in your setting.
  • Participate in two sample museum lessons at the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the National Museum of African Art to gain new strategies for engaging children in art through play.
  • Practice language to communicate the importance of play to caregivers.

DAY TWO 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM:

  • Venture out into the museums and/or community with a SEEC class to see firsthand how play is used as a vehicle for learning.
  • Ask questions to a panel of SEEC educators.
  • Learn techniques for engaging young children in artwork and objects through active play at the National Museum of African Art.
  • Discuss lingering questions with colleagues and brainstorm resources.


November 29, 2018, 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM |  Literacy Development Using Objects

Location: MacMillan Educator Center at Smithsonian’s American Art Museum Price: $75

Very young children thrive in an environment that is rich in exposure to everyday objects, stories, and visual images. Age appropriate books, art prints and objects not only appeal to toddlers and two-year-olds but help them understand the world around them.  Learn how to develop a curiosity that promotes early literacy by incorporating the arts, the community and, everyday objects into classroom activities.

Registration Coming Soon

January 17, 2019, 5 PM – 7 PM|  Fostering Wonder

Location: MacMillan Educator Center at Smithsonian’s American Art Museum Price: $50

Children are born with a sense of wonder, but how, as educators, can we foster their natural curiosity, and use it to create engaging learning environments? Through hands on activities, discussion, and examples, participants will practice using language that fosters inquiry, and explore how to structure learning experiences that follows and fosters children’s curiosity.

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March 2019 |  Learning Through Objects 

Museums are for everyone, even the very young! This hands-on, two day seminar will explore the many benefits of using community spaces for learning, and give participants a robust toolkit for engaging young children in objects, artwork, and more.

Date & Registration Coming Soon

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