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Smithsonian Kids

From Art to Zoo, the Smithsonian has something to interest kids and students of all ages. Begin your Smithsonian adventure by visiting some of the websites below.

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Smithsonian Students »
A place for Kids to explore discover and learn!
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Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Kids’ Favorites »
Check out fun stuff to explore and do online!
Visiting the Smithsonian
Visiting the Smithsonian »
See all there is to do when you visit one of the museums or the National Zoo!
Smithsonian GardenFest participant

Fun stuff to see and do online! Visit Encyclopedia Smithsonian for more.

Lion cubs taking a swimming test
AnimalCams »

You can take a virtual visit to the National Zoo any day of the week by tuning into our live web cams, which feature many of the Zoo’s animals.


Mammals at the Natural History museum
Mammal Family Reunion »

Meet your relatives. Find out what traits you share and who's come and gone over the past 220 million years.


Q?rius Discovery Center
Q?rius »

Activities designed for teens and tweens to explore the connections between nature, the planet, the universe, and our lives.


Virtual Dinosaur Exhibit
Virtual Dinosaur Exhibit »

Explore 3D models of specimens from the Museum’s collections and learn how fossils are discovered, unearthed, and preserved.


Prehistoric fossils
Prehistoric Climate Change »

A period of sudden global warming 55 million years ago radically changed life on Earth. In this interactive, you too can “read the tree leaves” and tell how high the temperatures rose.

Kids learning how things fly
Air and Space Museum
Activities »

Learn by doing! Online activities test your knowledge and demonstrate the principles of aviation and spaceflight.


Space Scoop
Space Scoop »

Bringing news from across the Universe to children all around the world. Universe Awareness and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.


Lemelson Center robotic dog fetches a ball
Lemelson Center »

Learn about invention and innovation. Behind every invention there's a great story.



Universe size
Sizing up the Universe »

In this interactive challenge, you can guess relative sizes in outer space, and then do the math to check your guesses.


Meet our Scientists
Meet our Scientists »

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a Smithsonian scientist? Watch our videos and find out!

Visitor to the Spark!Lab at American History
American History Kids »

Explore fun things to do at home, online, and when you visit!


Mr. President
Mr. President »

Visit Mr. President to learn the facts about each of our nation’s presidents. It’s a great place for browsing, research, or homework help.


Meet Me at Midnight website
Meet Me at Midnight »

After a field trip to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, you are magically taken to the galleries at night!


Activities at the Postal Museum
Postal Museum Activity Zone »

The National Postal Museum's website offers a variety of online activities for kids of all ages!


Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp
Shutterbugs »

Follow Ada, the zookeeper, and be on the lookout for animals that are swimming, running, wiggling, and stomping.