Toddler Trailblazers: Fall 2017

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National Museum of Natural History

Constitution Ave NW

Washington, DC

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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: 13 - 23 MONTHS



Tiny Painters

Sunday, September 17 at 10AM
Saturday, September 23 at 10AM
Sunday, September 24 at 10AM

It's never too early to start painting! This class is designed to introduce your toddler to the tools and materials that painters use. The class will encourage families to create with paint and include a visit to some vibrant examples of paintings at the Hirshhorn Museum.

Museum visit: Hirshhorn Museum


Tiny Sculptors

Saturday, October 21 at 10AM
Sunday, October 22 at 10AM
Saturday, October 28 at 10AM

Everyone has to begin somewhere! This class is designed to introduce your toddler to the countless creative ways to make sculptures. Be prepared to unleash your imagination and have some fun!

Museum Visit: National Gallery of Art – East Building or Sculpture Garden


Autumn Leaves

Saturday, November 11 at 10AM
Sunday, November 12 at 10AM
Sunday, November 19 at 10AM

Explore the breathtaking beauty of autumn! We will go on a hunt for autumnal colors by looking both outside on the trees and in paintings in the National Gallery of Art.

Museum Visit: National Gallery of Art – West Building


Joyous Jellies

Saturday, December 9 at 10AM
Sunday, December 10 at 10AM

Join us as we explore pink and purple by observing the many shades of a jellyfish in the Sant Ocean Hall of the Natural History Museum. Learn about jellies’ special stinging tentacles and make your own jelly to take home with you.

Museum Visit: National Museum of Natural History


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.

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.

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.

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Constitution Ave NW

Washington, DC

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