Make us a part of your family fun! During our programs, families learn together about nature, science, culture and museum collections in interactive, playful, and creative ways. We offer programs free of charge.
On this page, you will find information about our English family programs. Please visit this space regularly to find out about our latest programming. To learn more about our family programs in Spanish, visit: Programas en español para familias
Para aprender más sobre nuestros programas familiares en español, visiten: Programas en español para familias
Family Program Offerings
Play Date at NMNH
"Play Date at NMNH" is a drop-in offering for the early learning audience (0-5 years old) and their caregivers and family members. Together, families will practice science skills such as observing, communicating, and asking questions through exploring topics in a variety of hands-on and collaborative experiences. Families will be able to explore together through stories, objects, art, and play related around a unifying topic or theme during each "Play Date." Activities provided during the program will be suited for learners of all ages, but are designed for families with young learners to learn and play together as they continue to develop and grow their science identity as a family.
Upcoming Play Dates
- Tuesday, March 28, 2023: Lights Out!
- Tuesday, April 4, 2023: Investigating Insects
- Tuesday, April 11, 2023: Teeth in the Ocean
- Tuesday, April 18, 2023: Lights Out!
- Tuesday, April 25, 2023: Cambrian Critters
- Tuesday, May 9, 2023: Colorful Corals
- Tuesday, May 16, 2023: Lights Out!
- Tuesday, May 30, 2023: Beguiling Birds
- Tuesday, June 27, 2023: Lights Out!
The World & Me
During monthly "The World & Me" programs, families discover the natural and cultural world and their place in it. Museum educators will lead a program that combines different hands-on experiences with our museum’s collections related to that month’s theme. Special guest scientists, artists, and authors often join to share their connections to the natural and cultural world, too! These programs are designed for families with children ages 3 to 8. Advanced registration is required to reserve your spot for some of these programs, so please check each listing.
- Saturday, April 22, 2023: Earth Day Celebration with Smithsonian Gardens!
- Saturday, May 6, 2023: Reptiles & Amphibians (save the date, more info coming soon)
Discover the natural and cultural world and your place in it during Family Days at NMNH, happening throughout the year. Visitors of all ages get the chance to connect to natural history topics through interactive activities, crafts, demonstrations, and conversations with scientists.
No family days are scheduled at this time.
Explore natural science and culture by sharing ideas, learning skills, and creating together.
No workshops are scheduled at this time.
None are scheduled at this time.
Natural History at Home
The exploration of natural history doesn't have to just happen at the museum — it can happen in your home too! Join museum educators as they walk your family through science skill-building activities, read science and nature books, and introduce ways to explore the natural world and collections.