National Children's Museum

National Children's Museum Our mission is to inspire children to care about and change the world. Through interactive exhibitions exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), National Children’s Museum is uniquely poised to develop young minds.

Celebrating the joy of modern childhood, the Museum will spark curiosity and ignite creativity for children from birth to age 12 and engage the whole family.

Mission: To inspire children to care about and change the world.

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As we reflect on this challenging year, we can't help but be overwhelmed by all there is to be thankful for! ~ caregiver...
11/26/2020

As we reflect on this challenging year, we can't help but be overwhelmed by all there is to be thankful for! ~ caregivers ~ educators ~ front-line workers ~ our partners + supporters ~ furry best friends ~ local businesses ~ Thanksgiving food ~ STEAM experiments + exploration ~ and so much more! 💫

Wishing you great food, good rest, and lots of laughter on this Thanksgiving Day ❤️ Keep sparking curiosity and igniting creativity, dreamers!

11/25/2020

Full STEAM ahead! A.J.’s car is broken, and he needs help getting it fixed. So, in this episode, we are learning all about engineering and safety! First, we talk to Xyla Foxlin, mechatronics engineer and Founder of Beauty and the Bolt, to discuss engineering and design. Then, we chat with Director Jeff Marootian from District Department of Transportation about how DDOT keeps drivers and pedestrians safe on the streets of DC!

nationalchildrensmuseum.org/podcast/
Subscribe, share, and stay curious, dreamers! Happy listening!

We’re grateful to our friends GEICO for their generosity and IF/THEN for their support.

#GivingTuesday is next week! Let's come together, dreamers, to spark curiosity, ignite passion, and foster inclusivity t...
11/24/2020

#GivingTuesday is next week! Let's come together, dreamers, to spark curiosity, ignite passion, and foster inclusivity to empower future innovation in our communities. Whether it's a kind gesture, a handmade gift, or a story to tell, we all have something to give! Support our mission to inspire children to care about and change the world by giving to #nationalchildrensmuseum today. nationalchildrensmuseum.org/join-give/

It's #Wonderkit distribution day!! Thank you to everyone who cheered us on and supported our goal to share hands-on STEA...
11/20/2020

It's #Wonderkit distribution day!! Thank you to everyone who cheered us on and supported our goal to share hands-on STEAM experiences with wonderkids at-risk for severe learning loss during this COVID crisis 🌟You truly made this possible 💛

And a BIG thanks to our incredible partner, DC Food Project, who will deliver the wonderkits to DC families as part of their Emergency Weekend Bag program!

We're halfway through Kids Euro Fest! There's still time to go on an international field trip and see what STEAM activit...
11/07/2020

We're halfway through Kids Euro Fest! There's still time to go on an international field trip and see what STEAM activities you can find! Explore four more live virtual events from our embassy partners, as well as online videos that are available for streaming anytime through 11/29. Visit kidseurofestival.org!

Live events:
Create Your Own Finland in Minecraft! - 11/10, 11/17, 11/24
The Rooster of Barcelos Art Workshop - 11/14

European Union in the United States
Embassy of Finland in the U.S.
@PortugalintheUS
Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC
German Embassy Washington
@GreeceInWashington
@LTinUSA
Embassy of Poland, Washington DC
Embassy of Spain in the United States

As we wait for election results while we are home with children, let's take: a breath, a walk, a moment to listen, a bre...
11/05/2020
9 Tips for Talking About the Outcome of the Election With Kids

As we wait for election results while we are home with children, let's take: a breath, a walk, a moment to listen, a break from the news. This, and more from President + CEO, Crystal Bowyer, who shared her thoughts with Parents on how to talk about the election and its outcome with our youngest citizens.

With results still coming in for the 2020 presidential election, kids are going to have questions. Here's how to help your kids digest the news.

#DreamersDigest STEAM pairing for grades 3️⃣ - 5️⃣! Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest and more STEAM...
10/31/2020

#DreamersDigest STEAM pairing for grades 3️⃣ - 5️⃣! Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest and more STEAM pairings in your inbox each month.
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🌟 Grades 3-5 Pairing 🌟
Watch our "Invisible Ink" STEAMwork video for sensory exploration and to learn about chemical reactions! 🧪 https://nationalchildrensmuseum.org/invisible-ink/
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Museum partner @dcpubliclibrary pairs this activity with the book ~The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh~ Bea has been hiding poems written in invisible ink, but one day she finds a reply. Who could be writing back to her?

Happy Early Voting Day, DC! Check out this awesome resource from our friends Democracy Works and see a list of nearby vo...
10/27/2020

Happy Early Voting Day, DC! Check out this awesome resource from our friends Democracy Works and see a list of nearby voting locations just by entering your address! Gettothepolls.com

And kids, we want you to use your voice, too 📣 It's never too early to get engaged and to start having conversations with the adults in your life! Let us know what topics you care about!

Awesome list of over 30 local organizations!🙌
10/27/2020
DC Area Moms

Awesome list of over 30 local organizations!🙌

Here at the DC Area Moms, we want to provide perspectives and information that can make the day a bit easier for you and your family. As such, we have highlighted some virtual events and offerings by LOCAL organizations.

Foublie National Children's Museum International Spy Museum

Can you tell where doodle is in the District?❗Hint: Three cheers for civic engagement! You can vote early or on November...
10/27/2020

Can you tell where doodle is in the District?❗Hint: Three cheers for civic engagement! You can vote early or on November 3 at this Nat-tastic polling place 📮 Double Hint: This home of champions is also virtually featured in the Museum’s Engineering Games + Play exhibit.
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10/23/2020

Hey there, sports fans! ⚽⚾️
We’re about to hit this episode out of the park—and learn all about the science behind some of your favorite sports! Dr. Monica Rho, Head Physician for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, shares how she uses sports medicine and science to keep athletes strong. Then, Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman joins us to share more about the science of baseball and how he stays healthy on and off the field!
nationalchildrensmuseum.org/podcast/

Subscribe, share, and stay curious, dreamers! Happy listening!

We’re grateful to our friends GEICO for their generosity and IF/THEN for their support.

#DreamersDigest October STEAM pairing for grades 1-2! Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest and more STE...
10/18/2020

#DreamersDigest October STEAM pairing for grades 1-2! Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest and more STEAM pairings in your inbox each month.
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🌟 Grades 1-2 Pairing 🌟
Watch our "Fluffy Slime" STEAMwork video to learn measurement, fine motor skills, and sensory awareness!
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Museum partner @dcpubliclibrary pairs this activity with the book ~ Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea by Annie Barrows~, where the characters share some of their unique ideas for their own climate change-related project.

Let your imagination and creativity travel! Kids Euro Fest begins today and we are excited to partner with some amazing ...
10/17/2020

Let your imagination and creativity travel! Kids Euro Fest begins today and we are excited to partner with some amazing EU embassies to bring you family free, STEAM-inspired virtual events! #KidsEUFest runs from Oct 17 - Nov 29. kidseurofestival.org

#DreamersDigest October recipe with Museum café partner Bluestone Lane 🌱 Sign up for our newsletter to receive #Dreamers...
10/13/2020

#DreamersDigest October recipe with Museum café partner Bluestone Lane 🌱 Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest in your inbox on the first of each month for healthy, diy recipes! 📸: @bluestonelane

~Bluestone Lane Greens + Grains Bowl~
Salad:
1 cup baby kale
1 cup arugula
1/2 cup farro
1/3 cup white quinoa
1/3 cup edamame
1 cup roasted broccoli
1oz mixed herbs (dill, mint, parsley)
1oz chopped almonds to garnish

Sesame Ginger Dressing:
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2-3 tablespoons of rice vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
1 clove minced garlic
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Steps:
Start by cooking the farro and quinoa separately (15 minutes or until soft).
Roast broccoli in the oven (7 minutes or until browned.
Add all green vegetables into a bowl and combine well (baby kale, arugula, roasted broccoli, edamame and mixed herbs).
Once cool, add farro and quinoa to the bowl and combine.
Drizzle sesame ginger dressing over and mix until evenly distributed (use extra dressing as the grains and vegetables absorb quite a bit).
Garnish with toasted/chopped almonds.
Bulk it up with a protein of your choice: Bluestone Lane recommends chicken or salmon.
Enjoy!

10/12/2020

SUCCESS! 💫 Thank you to all who donated and helped spread the word about our Wonderkits for Wonderkids! We couldn't have done this without our amazing community 💛

Next steps --> Pack up our boxes and begin distribution to over 225 wonderkids with our amazing partner DC Food Project! #wonderkitsforwonderkids #fullSTEAMahead

#DreamersDigest October STEAM pairing for PreK-K! Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest and more STEAM p...
10/10/2020

#DreamersDigest October STEAM pairing for PreK-K!
Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest and more STEAM pairings in your inbox each month.
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🌟PreK-K Pairing 🌟
Watch our "Cloud in a Jar" STEAMwork video to learn how clouds are formed and to hone your observation skills! nationalchildrensmuseum.org/cloud-in-a-jar
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Museum partner @dcpubliclibrary pairs this activity with the book ~ The Cloud Artist by Sherri Maret~, an award-winning picture book that uses Native American storytelling traditions to tell a story about a young girl who creates art in clouds.

Tomorrow's the last day to donate a Wonderkit! 📅Last week, we shared a sneak peek of the Wonderkits with a group of DC k...
10/08/2020

Tomorrow's the last day to donate a Wonderkit! 📅

Last week, we shared a sneak peek of the Wonderkits with a group of DC kid beta-testers to hear their thoughts, observations, and opinions, and let's just say we cannot wait until ALL our wonderkids get their hands on a kit! What's their take, you ask?
“It’s better than the playground!”
“I wish I could get one every day!”

There's still time to help the Museum bring more Wonderkits to children! Donate today before the campaign closes on Friday at midnight. nationalchildrensmuseum.org/wonderkit-campaign/

10/02/2020

Our vision is to spark curiosity, ignite passion + foster inclusivity to empower future innovation. Now more than ever, we must inspire children to shape the future! Check out our latest episode on data + democracy for tips on talking to kids about their voice + the general election. nationalchildrensmuseum.org/podcast/

A wonderful article and resource for parents, written by one our episode 3 podcast guests, Shyla Raghav 💫 Give it a read...
10/01/2020
How to talk to kids about climate change

A wonderful article and resource for parents, written by one our episode 3 podcast guests, Shyla Raghav 💫 Give it a read and check out the STEAM Daydream with National Children's Museum episode "What's Your Climate Action Superpower?", for more on talking to kids about climate change!

Here are five tips to help you talk to your children about climate change. 

#DreamersDigest STEAM pairing for grades 3-5! Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest and more STEAM pairi...
09/30/2020

#DreamersDigest STEAM pairing for grades 3-5! Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest and more STEAM pairings in your inbox each month.

🌟 Grades 3-5 Pairing 🌟
Watch our "Make your own paper" STEAMwork video for sensory exploration and to learn sustainability and conservation! nationalchildrensmuseum.org/make-your-own-paper/

Museum partner @dcpubliclibrary pairs this activity with the book ~Front Desk by Kelly Yang~ Follow along as Mia tackles starting at a new school, working an unofficial job, and dealing with bullies and injustice all while trying to make her dream of being a writer come true.

09/29/2020

We're stacking up boxes with just TWO WEEKS left in our Wonderkit Campaign! ⏳ We still need your help! Donate today to help us reach our goal of providing 7️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ wonderkids with hands-on, at home STEAM experiences! Campaign ends October 9 #wonderkitsforwonderkids #fullSTEAMahead nationalchildrensmuseum.org/wonderkit-campaign/

Can you tell where in the District is doodle? ❗HINT: We’ve been waiting three whole years for this un-book-lievable reop...
09/24/2020

Can you tell where in the District is doodle? ❗HINT: We’ve been waiting three whole years for this un-book-lievable reopening TODAY, September 24!

Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest and more doodle sightings!

09/23/2020

Sneak peek of our Wonderkits!! 👀 Carefully curated to bring hands-on STEAM experiences to wonderkids at risk for severe learning loss during this COVID crisis. Join us by donating a Wonderkit by October 9 🌈 nationalchildrensmuseum.org/wonderkit-campaign/ #wonderkitforwonderkids #fullSTEAMahead

#DreamersDigest STEAM pairing for grades 1-2! Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest and more STEAM pairi...
09/21/2020

#DreamersDigest STEAM pairing for grades 1-2! Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest and more STEAM pairings in your inbox each month.

🌟 Grades 1-2 Pairing 🌟
Watch our "Make a bird feeder" steamwork video to learn classification, observation, environmental science, and how to care for animal needs! nationalchildrensmuseum.org/bird-feeder/

Museum partner @dcpubliclibrary pairs this activity with the book ~Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys by Mike Unwin~, to showcase a variety of animals and their exciting migration journeys.

09/18/2020

This month, let’s dive into data science!
Learn all about how data drives two major events that are happening in our country in 2020: the census, and the general election! We are joined by Robert M. Groves, former Director of the US Census Bureau and current Provost of Georgetown University, who shares more about how children count in the census. Then, Bruce Lesley, the President of First Focus on Children , explains why voting is so important for families and their children.
Data science is all around us, dreamers!

#DreamersDigest fall recipe with Museum café partner Bluestone Lane 😍 Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDig...
09/17/2020

#DreamersDigest fall recipe with Museum café partner Bluestone Lane 😍 Sign up for our newsletter to receive #DreamersDigest in your inbox on the first of each month for healthy, diy recipes!

~Bluestone Lane Banana toast~
1 slice of bread (try making homemade bread!)
1 banana
nut butter (Bluestone Lane uses Almond Butter in-store)*
honey
cinnamon

Choose your favorite bread.
Slice one banana.
Toast your bread and spread the desired amount of nut butter.
Add the sliced banana to cover the entire bread.
Drizzle honey in a zigzag motion and then lightly dust with cinnamon.
Cut into quarters to share in fun sized bites.
Enjoy!
(*Looking for a nut butter alternative? Try substituting sunflower seed butter!)

We're itching to get our Wonderkit boxes out to wonderkids 💫 120 boxes donated to date, but there's still time to suppor...
09/15/2020

We're itching to get our Wonderkit boxes out to wonderkids 💫 120 boxes donated to date, but there's still time to support more wonderkids! Here's a sneak peek at what wonderkids will find in their kits before digging into hands-on STEAM activities like building a race car and making eco-friendly paint! Head to nationalchildrensmuseum.org/wonderkit-campaign/ to learn what kind of an impact you can make 🙌🏾

Introducing our #DreamersDigest STEAM pairings! Each month, we’re curating joyful, STEAM-based activities and resources ...
09/08/2020

Introducing our #DreamersDigest STEAM pairings! Each month, we’re curating joyful, STEAM-based activities and resources for full family fun. Sign up for our newsletter to receive the monthly editions, with more from Doodle and other Museum partners!
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🌟 PreK-K Pairing 🌟
Watch our "Bread Making" steamwork video to learn measurement, fine motor skills, and sensory awareness!
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Museum partner @dcpubliclibrary pairs this activity with the book ~Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris~, to see how people all over the world enjoy different kinds of bread 🥖

09/02/2020

Dreamers, we need your help. Children across the region are at risk for severe learning loss during the COVID crisis. Learn more about the #WonderkitCampaign and join us as we deliver hands-on joy and STEAM learning.

Our goal is to raise funds to create and deliver Wonderkits to kids who need them most this fall.
☀️ $50 could provide a Wonderkit for one child in the community
☀️ $100 could deliver Wonderkits to two siblings
☀️ $200 could enable a family with four children to dive into STEAM learning together
☀️ $500 could give Wonderkits to 10 children
☀️ $1,500 could help one local classroom connect with one another with STEAM activities
nationalchildrensmuseum.org/wonderkit-campaign/

Invest in a wonderkid and gift a Wonderkit today!
#wonderkitsforwonderkids #nationalchildrensmuseum #fullSTEAMahead

08/28/2020

The Earth needs your help! Are you ready to use your superpowers to help save our environment? 🦸🏻‍♂️🦸🏽‍♀️
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Episode 3 of STEAM Daydream with National Children's Museum has just dropped, and explores climate science and what YOU can do to positively affect climate change in the future! Hear from brother-sister duo Finau and Malia, as well as Shyla Raghav from Conservation International and Victoria Hermann from The Arctic Institute.
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Take the Climate Action Heroes quiz at climate-heroes.org to find out your climate action superpower!
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Subscribe, share, and stay curious, dreamers! Happy listening! Link in bio.
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We’re grateful to our friends Spotify, Anchor, IF/THEN, and #lydahillphilanthropies for their support and generosity.

Check out some great activities for today, including the Blackstar Film Festival! 🎥  KidFriendly DC
08/20/2020
KidFriendly DC

Check out some great activities for today, including the Blackstar Film Festival! 🎥 KidFriendly DC

A reopened garden, virtual fun from the National Children's Museum, a film fest celebrating communities of color + more for today.

Dreamers….Introducing the Wonderkit Campaign! As families head back into virtual learning across the DMV, help us bring ...
08/18/2020

Dreamers….Introducing the Wonderkit Campaign! As families head back into virtual learning across the DMV, help us bring a small part of the Museum’s hands-on magic to children who are at risk for severe learning loss during the COVID crisis. The campaign is launching soon—and we’ll be right here to share more snippets of information along the way!

08/16/2020

Something wonderful is coming…

We can’t wait to share an exciting announcement with you! Check back here on Tuesday to learn all about our newest initiative. Be one of the first to know by signing up for our email newsletter! nationalchildrensmuseum.org/#email

08/04/2020
We are here to support you during a new season of distance learning!

We are here to support you during a new season of distance learning!

While our doors will be closed for a bit longer, our work to spark curiosity for all dreamers is #fullSTEAMahead. Check out our virtual STEAM experiences to stay inspired and sign up for our newsletter for updates and announcements 💌

🎥 75+ STEAMwork video programs – STEAM experiments and projects at home!
🎧 STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum Podcast – monthly episodes where children interview STEAM innovators from across the country!
🌧 Virtual Field Trip – step “inside” National Children’s Museum for a standards-aligned field trip that explores cloud identification!
🦸🏻‍♀️ Climate Action Heroes Digital Exhibit – take the test to find your inner climate action hero, and then launch into earth-saving missions you can accomplish from home!
📋 Collection of Resources – check out a list of Museum-approved resources for more projects and fun to support your STEAM adventure!
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Located in Downtown DC just steps from the National Mall and White House, National Children’s Museum reopened as a unique children's museum and science center hybrid in February 2020. With 30,000 square feet of interactive STEAM experiences, the Museum is designed to engage children ages birth to twelve and their families.

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