Smithsonian's Discovery Theater

Smithsonian's Discovery Theater The Smithsonian's Theater for Young Audiences in Washington, D.C. A branch of the Smithsonian Associates, Discovery Theater is an educational theater company that primarily serves the Metropolitan area's children, teachers, and families.

Its productions present history, culture, math, and science in an enjoyable and accessible way, making Discovery Theater a gateway to the Smithsonian for local children. Affordable ticket prices and a community of educational artists, teachers, parents, and children make Discovery Theater a destination in our nation's capital. Praise for Discovery Theater:

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Its productions present history, culture, math, and science in an enjoyable and accessible way, making Discovery Theater a gateway to the Smithsonian for local children. Affordable ticket prices and a community of educational artists, teachers, parents, and children make Discovery Theater a destination in our nation's capital. Praise for Discovery Theater:

"Discovery Theater always lives up to t

Operating as usual

Educators, register for the free, virtual Smithsonian  Educator's Day on Friday, September 17. This back-to-school progr...
08/30/2021

Educators, register for the free, virtual Smithsonian Educator's Day on Friday, September 17. This back-to-school program features teacher-led sessions, opportunities to hear from Smithsonian educators, exhibition previews, and more. #SmithsonianEdu https://s.si.edu/EducatorsDay2021

Educators, register for the free, virtual Smithsonian Educator's Day on Friday, September 17. This back-to-school program features teacher-led sessions, opportunities to hear from Smithsonian educators, exhibition previews, and more. #SmithsonianEdu https://s.si.edu/EducatorsDay2021

08/16/2021

We're celebrating #Smithsonian175 anniversary with activities, games, and more!

Check out "Present History," a Smithsonian at-home activity guide for learners of all ages! The free downloadable guide highlights significant, game-changing milestones that inspire, excite, and offer moments of reflection over the Smithsonian’s 175-year history.

To learn more and download your own free copy of the guide, visit
https://learninglab.si.edu/news/celebrating-175-years-of-history #SmithsonianEdu

Today the Smithsonian turns 175 years old! On this special occasion please consider a gift to support the educational wo...
08/10/2021

Today the Smithsonian turns 175 years old! On this special occasion please consider a gift to support the educational work happening every day at Smithsonian Discovery Theater, part of Smithsonian Associates, a vital division of the Smithsonian for more than 55 years. #Smithsonian175

Support your Smithsonian: https://s.si.edu/SupportSA

Image: Smithsonian Associates has commemorated a few notable anniversaries of our own since 1965, the year of our founding. And some very special posters created for our Art Collectors Program were part of the celebrations. For the 25th anniversary, beloved children’s book illustrator Tomie dePaola was commissioned to pay tribute to Associates’ activities for children and families.

Today the Smithsonian turns 175 years old! On this special occasion please consider a gift to support the educational work happening every day at Smithsonian Discovery Theater, part of Smithsonian Associates, a vital division of the Smithsonian for more than 55 years. #Smithsonian175

Support your Smithsonian: https://s.si.edu/SupportSA

Image: Smithsonian Associates has commemorated a few notable anniversaries of our own since 1965, the year of our founding. And some very special posters created for our Art Collectors Program were part of the celebrations. For the 25th anniversary, beloved children’s book illustrator Tomie dePaola was commissioned to pay tribute to Associates’ activities for children and families.

08/05/2021

Our birthday is coming up, and it's kind of a big one. Leading up to our 175th on Aug. 10, we’re sharing some of your favorite Smithsonian social media posts from over the years.

These stunning saucer magnolias (Magnolia x soulangeana) bloom each year in our Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle, cared for by the team at Smithsonian Gardens. The space is a rooftop garden, sitting on top of the underground museum complex that includes the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art. #Smithsonian175

Timeline Photos
07/20/2021

Timeline Photos

Make this Fridays JOYFUL! Register to make art with #NMAAHCKids on July 23rd at 11am EST.

#JoyfulFridays @NMAAHC

Caring for Bald Eagles: Stories from a Real-Life Zoo Guardian
07/04/2021
Caring for Bald Eagles: Stories from a Real-Life Zoo Guardian

Caring for Bald Eagles: Stories from a Real-Life Zoo Guardian

With a 6-foot wingspan, sharp talons and an intimidating stare, bald eagles are majestic birds. Meet Tioga and Annie—both of whom were injured in the wild and rescued—at Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s American Trail. Swoop into their care and conservation with animal keeper Ashley Graham.

Here's a round-up of ideas from Smithsonian Education for every learner, whether they’re feeling curious, creative, or c...
06/29/2021
Fun (and Free) Ideas to Keep Kids Learning This Summer

Here's a round-up of ideas from Smithsonian Education for every learner, whether they’re feeling curious, creative, or crafty!

Over 20 unique and creative ideas from across the Smithsonian for engaging learners this summer

Do you have a budding young artist in your life? Our Master Class: Recycled Art for a Better World still has space avail...
06/26/2021

Do you have a budding young artist in your life? Our Master Class: Recycled Art for a Better World still has space available! 🎨

From Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, July 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET instructor Mariana Fernandez, a native of Argentina, brings her passion for design, painting, and using art to tell a story to this studio course designed for students in Grades 6 to 11. Learn more: https://s.si.edu/RecycledArt

Do you have a budding young artist in your life? Our Master Class: Recycled Art for a Better World still has space available! 🎨

From Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, July 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET instructor Mariana Fernandez, a native of Argentina, brings her passion for design, painting, and using art to tell a story to this studio course designed for students in Grades 6 to 11. Learn more: https://s.si.edu/RecycledArt

Timeline Photos
06/17/2021

Timeline Photos

Juneteenth is a time for celebration and reflection with the whole family! Find the #NMAAHCKids slavery & freedom discussion guide, suggested books & online resources and an inspiring children’s activity here: http://ow.ly/f2t450FaXdi

#juneteenth #juneteencelebration @NMAAHC

Caroline Fiertz, Intern and Fellows Program Manager at the National Museum of American History and Nicole Bryner, Acting...
06/17/2021
Can Remote Internships Be a Best Practice Instead of a Band-Aid?

Caroline Fiertz, Intern and Fellows Program Manager at the National Museum of American History and Nicole Bryner, Acting Lead for Internship Programs at the Smithsonian dive deeper into what the "new normal" looks like and how we can apply lessons from the pandemic to internships moving forward.

Read full article in the link below.

The Smithsonian's Office of Internship Programs reimagines the expanded opportunities remote internships can provide

06/07/2021

Sources of inspiration are all around us! Introducing "Inspiration Nation," a NEW activity guide from the Smithsonian. The guide features inspiring stories, hands-on experiments, and art projects for K-8 learners.

From storytelling to stargazing, learners can experience a wide variety of activities from across the Smithsonian to inspire them to learn new things, explore their interests, and take action in their communities.

A free PDF download of the print-friendly guide is available here: https://learninglab.si.edu/news/finding-sources-of-inspiration-all-around-us #SmithsonianEdu

Do you have a budding young artist, photographer, or digital expert in your life? They’ll love the Master Class offering...
05/11/2021

Do you have a budding young artist, photographer, or digital expert in your life? They’ll love the Master Class offerings that are part of Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures.

Designed for students in Grades 6 to 11, these weeklong studio courses help them develop specialized skills as they create personal projects inspired by Smithsonian collections. Classes begin the week of June 28 and run throughout the summer, with daily two-hour sessions Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET.


Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

Do you have a budding young artist, photographer, or digital expert in your life? They’ll love the Master Class offerings that are part of Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures.

Designed for students in Grades 6 to 11, these weeklong studio courses help them develop specialized skills as they create personal projects inspired by Smithsonian collections. Classes begin the week of June 28 and run throughout the summer, with daily two-hour sessions Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET.


Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day! This 1991 poster by 6-year-old Jayme Morgan Penner was printed with vegetable-based inks on recycled paper, and is in our Cooper Hewitt's collection.

You can follow Smithsonian Earth Optimism to learn more about what's working in conservation, climate, and sustainability. Tune in to a series of virtual events and conversations at earthoptimism.si.edu. #EarthOptimism

We’re collaborating with the Smithsonian and cultural organizations in communities across the nation to bring you the fa...
04/21/2021
Vaccines and US

We’re collaborating with the Smithsonian and cultural organizations in communities across the nation to bring you the facts you need to make an informed decision about vaccination. By sharing the science, history, and cultural impact of infectious disease and vaccines, we hope to build understanding of our current moment, where we've been, and where we go from here.

Explore “Vaccination and US: Cultural Organizations for Community Health.” #VaccinesAndUS

https://www.vaccinesandus.org

Learn more about Vaccines and US

Photos from Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's post
04/13/2021

Photos from Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's post

Registration for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures is now open! Kids and teens can explore Smithsonian collections a...
04/07/2021

Registration for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures is now open! Kids and teens can explore Smithsonian collections and themes during week-long sessions that include virtual field trips, games, crafts, meetings with experts, and challenges. Fly to the moon, dive deep into the ocean, be innovative, create art, and more!

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

Registration for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures is now open! Kids and teens can explore Smithsonian collections and themes during week-long sessions that include virtual field trips, games, crafts, meetings with experts, and challenges. Fly to the moon, dive deep into the ocean, be innovative, create art, and more!

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Fridays for a jo...
04/06/2021

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Fridays for a joyful webinar-style Zoom class led by museum educators!

Designed for 4 to 8 year olds, each Joyful Fridays program features art projects and lessons inspired by the Joyful ABC Activity Book series and the museum's collection. This consists of weekly art projects with your child to support positive identity development and learn about history in fun, age-appropriate ways!

https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/nmaahc-kids-joyful-fridays-7

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Fridays for a joyful webinar-style Zoom class led by museum educators!

Designed for 4 to 8 year olds, each Joyful Fridays program features art projects and lessons inspired by the Joyful ABC Activity Book series and the museum's collection. This consists of weekly art projects with your child to support positive identity development and learn about history in fun, age-appropriate ways!

https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/nmaahc-kids-joyful-fridays-7

Standing Together Against Hate - Standing Together Against Hate
03/23/2021
Standing Together Against Hate - Standing Together Against Hate

Standing Together Against Hate - Standing Together Against Hate

#StopAsianHate Standing Together Against Hate The Smithsonian Institution mourns the loss of eight people—seven of them women, six of whom were of Asian descent—who were killed last week when a gunman opened fire inside three spas located in Georgia. We extend our condolences and stand in compas...

Get ready for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures—live, interactive learning experiences for kids entering K-11th grad...
03/10/2021

Get ready for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures—live, interactive learning experiences for kids entering K-11th grade!

Kids and teens can explore Smithsonian collections and themes during these specially designed week-long sessions. Adventurers take virtual field trips, interact with other adventurers while playing games, creating crafts, meeting experts, and completing challenges. Fly to the moon, dive deep into the ocean, be innovative, create art, and more!

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

#SmithsonianEdu

Get ready for Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures—live, interactive learning experiences for kids entering K-11th grade!

Kids and teens can explore Smithsonian collections and themes during these specially designed week-long sessions. Adventurers take virtual field trips, interact with other adventurers while playing games, creating crafts, meeting experts, and completing challenges. Fly to the moon, dive deep into the ocean, be innovative, create art, and more!

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/adventures

#SmithsonianEdu

We are excited about the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's new webinar series, featuring s...
03/04/2021
Zoo Webinars

We are excited about the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's new webinar series, featuring staff with un-ZOO-sual careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math! This series is ideal for students in middle and high school but open to all, this program aims to increase students' understanding of the variety of STEAM careers available and connect students to staff who can answer their questions live.

Tune in the first Friday of every month to learn about a new career beginning Friday, March 5!

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/education/zoo-webinars

Tune in to animal and career-themed webinars from the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture throughout the mont...
03/04/2021

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture throughout the month of March for Joyful Fridays!

Now through July, Joyful Fridays will be based on projects and activities featured in their Joyful ABC Activity Books. Visit this site to download the Joyful ABC booklets for G, H, I, and J at https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/early-childhood.

March 5th - G is for Grateful: Paint or draw gratitude art this Friday!
March 12th – H is for Happy: Create nature-inspired friendship bracelets.
March 19th – I is for Interesting: Learn about Black photographers and create a camera craft.
March 26th – J is for Just: Learn about fights for justice and create button pins!

Learn more and register for Joyful Fridays online: https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming

Join the early childhood team at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture throughout the month of March for Joyful Fridays!

Now through July, Joyful Fridays will be based on projects and activities featured in their Joyful ABC Activity Books. Visit this site to download the Joyful ABC booklets for G, H, I, and J at https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/early-childhood.

March 5th - G is for Grateful: Paint or draw gratitude art this Friday!
March 12th – H is for Happy: Create nature-inspired friendship bracelets.
March 19th – I is for Interesting: Learn about Black photographers and create a camera craft.
March 26th – J is for Just: Learn about fights for justice and create button pins!

Learn more and register for Joyful Fridays online: https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming

We can’t wait to celebrate the Smithsonian's 175th year with the reopening of the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building...
02/28/2021
From Floating Cities to Biodegradable Burial Pods and Flying Cars, the Smithsonian Envisions a Multitude of Futures

We can’t wait to celebrate the Smithsonian's 175th year with the reopening of the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building (the former home of Discovery Theater) in November! Learn about #TheFUTURES, an exhibition all about what lies ahead for humanity.

The Arts and Industries Building will reopen this November with a thought-provoking exploration of what lies ahead for humanity

Did you know Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's Family History Center offers free res...
02/26/2021
How the Smithsonian can help research African American family history

Did you know Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's Family History Center offers free resources for researching African American family history? Museum experts offer genealogy sessions and programs online to anyone in any stage of their research process. #BlackHistoryMonth #SmithsonianBHM

Learn about genealogy resources at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Enjoy virtual Lunar New festivities this year with this list of #LunarNewYear events from Smithsonian Magazine!#Yearofth...
02/10/2021
The Lunar New Year Explained and How to Participate

Enjoy virtual Lunar New festivities this year with this list of #LunarNewYear events from Smithsonian Magazine!

#YearoftheOx

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Freer and Sackler Galleries host virtual events

Parents and caregivers, this new Winter at Home activity guide is a free new Smithsonian Education resource you can prin...
01/26/2021

Parents and caregivers, this new Winter at Home activity guide is a free new Smithsonian Education resource you can print at home!

Activities include inviting a bird to brunch with a feeder activity from Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, fun with fables from National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, and more.

https://learninglab.si.edu/news/let-creativity-be-your-guide-this-winter-

Parents and caregivers, this new Winter at Home activity guide is a free new Smithsonian Education resource you can print at home!

Activities include inviting a bird to brunch with a feeder activity from Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, fun with fables from National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, and more.

https://learninglab.si.edu/news/let-creativity-be-your-guide-this-winter-

Tune in for this livestream with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute tomorrow and join Smi...
01/26/2021

Tune in for this livestream with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute tomorrow and join Smithsonian Associates next month for a discussion with SCBI staff scientist Pierre Comizzoli, who oversaw the artificial insemination process, and Laurie Thompson, assistant curator for giant pandas at the Zoo.

Register: http://s.si.edu/GiantPanda

🎥🐼 He's ready for his close-up! Spend some quality time with giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji in the first FREE livestream event broadcasting from inside the Giant Panda Habitat on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 1:15 p.m. ET. 📅 LEARN MORE: https://s.si.edu/3itXD6p.
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#PandaStory

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AUDITIONS! Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater will be auditioning professional performing actor/educators for its 2019-2020 Season as well as its in-school teaching artist company Creative Tools for Teaching, to be trained in Museum Theater techniques and perform in Smithsonian shows, historical portrayals, tours, and school residencies. Multi-cultural and artists of color are encouraged to apply. Skills in music, puppetry, movement, interest in young people and education a plus. Most rehearsals and performances take place Mon-Fri daytimes. All training, rehearsals, and performances PAID. Auditions will be held on Monday, April 1st from 10:30am-4:00pm and Thursday, April 4th from 2:00pm-4:00pm. For consideration, please send your headshot, resume, and preferred date/time to: [email protected]. Non-equity preferred; artists 18+ only. See www.DiscoveryTheater.org to learn more about Museum Theater and performance at the Smithsonian.
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