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Visiting with Kids

Download the Smithsonian Mobile app and save your favorite exhibitions, activities, and highlights to your own personal must-see list.

Plan ahead with Awesome Adventures at the Smithsonian: The Official Kids Guide to the Smithsonian Institution—an interactive guidebook just for kids.

Kids at the Natural History Museum's Insect Zoo

Highlighted Activities for Kids

Child at interactive cart
American History Museum »

Get your hands on history with interactive carts, step right into history with our Historic Theater, and more!

Child visiting exhibition
ImaginAsia »

Tour a current exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of Art, followed by a related art activity.

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American Art Family Programs »

Bring your young, budding artists and participate in fun hands-on activities that will be sure to spark their creativity!

family program
Smithsonian Family Programs »

The Smithsonian is a great place to be a kid! With its wealth of child-friendly offerings and treasures, the Smithsonian is the ideal destination for Washington-area families.

Q?rius Discovery Room
Q?rius »

Created for teens and tweens, Q?rius is a new way for students to make sense of the connections between nature, the planet, the universe, and their lives.

Kids in the Spark!Lab
Spark!Lab »

The hands-on space for families and others visiting the National Museum of American History shows the real story behind an inventor’s work. (Closed for renovation Oct. 5, 2011.)

Carousel on the National Mall

Near the Arts and Industries Building (year-round, weather permitting; nominal fee).

Discovery Theater performance
Discovery Theater »

The best in live performing arts, this venue provides a variety of educational and cultural programs for both kids and adults.

Image from IMAX film at NASM
IMAX® Theaters  »

IMAX is the ultimate film experience. Specially designed screens that are several stories high produce some of the most stunning visual images recorded.

Zeiss Model VIa planetarium instrument
Planetarium »

For the first time, you'll feel the sensation of zooming through the cosmos, enveloped in color saturated moving images and spine-tingling sound.

imagiNATIONS »

The imagiNATIONS Activity Center at the American Indian Museum provides visitors of all ages with a multitude of unique learning experiences.

Kids in their sleepover t-shirts
Smithsonian Sleepovers »

Imagine rolling out your sleeping bag at the home of the Star-Spangled Banner or beneath a 50-foot whale!

Smithsonian Summer Camps
Smithsonian Summer Camps »

More than 80 camps from aviation to zoology make the Smithsonian the coolest summer destination for fun and hands-on learning.