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 Morning Meeting
10:45 Museum Visit
11:30 Conclude at Museum
AGE: 3 - 5 YEARS
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)
What is Art?
Unleash your creative spirit by exploring all that art can be. Our class will explore the many sides of art by asking children to share about their own artwork and through a visit to the National Museum of African Art to find works that speak to them.
Sunday, April 15, 1:00 – 2:30
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 – 11:30
Museum Visit: National Museum of African Art
Oysters, Clams, and Scallops, Oh My!
It may seem like a strange topic, but this workshop all about bivalves makes exploring science, math and art concepts tons of fun! Families will learn about bivalves through hands-on exploration of real oysters and clams, before heading to the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden where children will apply their knowledge of symmetry to modern art.
Saturday, May 19, 10:00 – 11:30
Sunday, May 20, 10:00 – 11:30
Museum Visit: Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden
Families will uncover the mysteries of African masks and masquerades. This class will feature a trip to the National Museum of African Art where we will look at masks and gain a deeper understanding of how they’re used in several African cultures.
Saturday, June 16, 10:00 – 11:30
Sunday, June 17, 10:00 – 11:30
Museum Visit: National Museum of African Art
A Different Kind of Shark Week
Long before Shark Week, there was John Singleton Copley’s painting, Watson and the Shark. Join us as we learn about the world of sharks and re-enact this dramatic shark story.
Saturday, July 21, 1:00 – 2:30
Sunday, July 22, 10:00 – 11:30
Museum Visit: National Gallery of Art West Building
We know that peacocks are proud, but did you ever take a close look at them? Join us as we visit the Freer Gallery of Art, and see how James McNeill Whistler modeled an entire room after a peacock.
Saturday, August 11, 10:00 – 11:30
Sunday, August 12, 1:00 – 2:30
Museum Visit: Freer Gallery
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: Saturday, Feb. 3 - 12:00 am
Sunday, Sep. 16 2:00 am
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