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.
10:00 Learning Centers
10:30 Museum Visit
11:00 Conclude at Museum
AGE: 4-12 MONTHS
TICKETS: ONE CARETAKER + ONE CHILD
LOCATION: ALL CLASSES BEGIN AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM AND CONCLUDE AT VARIOUS MUSEUMS (SEE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS FOR MORE INFO)
Get a Whiff of This?
Young children learn using all their senses and this class focuses on smell. In the classroom, we will explore different scents and then go on a trip to the National Gallery of Art where families will have an olfactory tour of some of their paintings.
Museum visit to the National Gallery of Art – West Building
Saturday, April 7
Sunday, April 8
Where better to read Sandra Boyton’s Barnyard Dance than at the Kids’ Farm at the Smithsonian National Zoo? Join us for this special class where we forgo our normal classrooms at the National Mall and instead have the entire class at the National Zoo.
Museum visit to the Smithsonian National Zoo
Saturday, May 5
Sunday, May 6
Fruits and Veggies
Help cultivate your infant’s developing palate by comparing the colors of fruits and vegetables to pieces in the National Gallery of Art. Families will explore different types of produce with hands-on observations and maybe even some taste-testing!
Museum visit to the National Gallery of Art – East Building
Saturday, June 2
Sunday, June 3
Over, Under, and Through
Young children are drawn to discovering more about the world around them and especially going over, under, and through things. For this lesson, we will capitalize on that natural curiosity and end the class by visiting the Multiverse at the National Gallery of Art.
Museum visit to the National Gallery of Art
Saturday, July 7
Sunday, July 8
Wings of Fancy
Butterflies and birds are a source of delight for all children. Come play and explore as we discover the beauty and wonder of these creatures! For this lesson, we will draw on resources from the National Museum of Natural History.
Museum visit to the National Museum of Natural History
Saturday, August 4
Sunday, August 5
National Museum of Natural History – Constitution Avenue Entrance
Attendees may bypass the public security line and go through the staff security check point. Simply tell the officer that you are a participant in a Smithsonian Early Enrichment (SEEC) family workshop and provide your name and your child’s name. If your name is not on the registration, you will have to go through security. Security lines, especially during the spring and summer months, can be long.
Staff will be waiting for you between the T-Rex head and glass double doors labeled Smithsonian Library located on the SAME level in which you entered.
A staff person will be available to check you in up to 30 minutes after the start of class. After which point, you may follow the signs to gain entry to our classroom.
SEEC strongly recommends arriving on time. We structure the start of our morning so children can become acquainted with the environment and educators. Children who arrive late often have a more difficult time acclimating to a new space/people and they miss out on the play we have designed to support your child’s understanding of the day’s theme.
CARETAKERS AND SIBLINGS
Tickets are good for one caretaker/child. Additional caretakers are welcome to wait in our conference room and join us for the museum portion of the class. We usually leave for our museum visits about 45 -50 minutes after the start of class. We are not able to accommodate siblings unless they are infants in carriers.
Registrants are welcome to bring a stroller, but if your child is in a carrier or able to walk you might find it easier to move through the museums. It is important to always be mindful of strollers, especially in smaller gallery spaces.
A nut-free snack is provided for the toddler, twos and Pre-K classes. If your child has an allergy other than nuts, please bring your own snack. Food is not permitted inside the museums.
GETTING TO THE MUSEUM
We know it can be difficult finding parking, getting through traffic, or managing metro. Please give yourself some extra time so that when you find a street is closed or there is no parking nearby you can still make it on time.
We will do our best to notify you of large events and/or street closures within the vicinity of the Museum, but it is ultimately the registrant’s responsibility to plan their route. Consider checking http://www.godcgo.com/ before you travel.
Street parking is available, but fills up quickly. Consider utilizing apps to help you find a spot or pay for your meter the night before class. If all else fails, there are a number of garages within walking distance.
Closest stations: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian and Navy/Archives. Please check metro’s schedule for track work and delays.
Come prepared, we walk outside in most weather.
Full refunds with up to two weeks’ notice. With one week notice, we offer transfers to another class. Transfers are subject to availability.
When: Tuesday, Jan. 30 - 12:00 am
Sunday, Sep. 16 2:00 am
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