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Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

family Workshops


Family Workshops

Educators carefully craft an engaging and developmentally appropriate workshop that introduces young children to museums and encourages 21st century skills.

  • Led by an educator with early childhood and museum experience
  • Exposes children to museums and collections
  • Encourages creativity through process-based activities
  • Promotes visual literacy and critical thinking
  • Shared child/caretaker experience

Visit our Calendar of Events page for a list of current program times
Questions & Registration: Contact Cynthia Raso or 202-633-0121

Workshop Details

  • Available to all families
  • Meets at the National Museum of Natural History in a SEEC classroom
  • Meets 4 consecutive Saturdays for approximately 2 hours each
  • Includes museum visit and classroom activities

INFANT WORKSHOPS (3 months -18 months)

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Join us for a sailing adventure through several museums. Row, float and create as we explore all there is for a baby to know about transportation on the water.

Baby It’s Cold Outside!
Come in from the cold and join us for a “snowy” experience. In this class infants explore some of our favorite winter wonders.

Tiny Gardeners
Filling and dumping, digging in the dirt, stopping to smell a beautiful flower. Infants get to work exploring flowers and gardens.

TODDLER WORKSHOPS (19 months - 3 Years)

 Animal Stories
Captivating stories coupled with museum visits that will teach your toddler about some of their favorite animals.

Where Does It Come From?
Your toddler can easily recognize their favorite foods, but do they really know where they come from? Join us as we explore foods on their journey from nature to table.

PRESCHOOL WORKSHOPS (3.5 years - 6 years)

ABC’s of Art
Learn about the building blocks of art making by exploring form, line, materials and technique.  Then apply these experiences to your very own masterful creations!

Animals in Art
Children discover the significance animals play in art from all over the world.

Marvelous Museums
Introduce your child to the museum and its treasures. We explore why museums are important and how we can learn and have fun in them.

The Science of Art
Explore the masterpieces of the Smithsonian and the “what and how” behind their creation.

What Does It Mean?
From portrait to landscape, children discover art through its many forms and meanings.

World of Wonder

From Africa to Ancient China, participants will examine objects from all over the world and participate in activities that enhance their understanding of that culture.