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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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!
#nationalchildrensmuseum

07/31/2020
STEAMwork Nature Spotlight: Make a Telescope w/ Domonique

STEAMwork Classics: Nature Spotlight

Make a Telescope w/ Domonique, originally premiered 05/15/2020

Look close, dreamers! What will you see 👀 when you make a telescope with Domonique in today's #STEAMwork nature spotlight 🔭?

07/30/2020
STEAMwork Climate Action Challenge: Mighty Meteorologist Weather Journal Mission

STEAMwork Classics: Climate Action Challenge

Mighty Meteorologist Weather Journal Mission, originally premiered 04/20/2020

Special guest and real-life Mighty Meteorologist, Ginger Zee from ABC News and Good Morning America, joins us for this week's #STEAMwork climate action challenge! Learn more about what it means to forecast weather, and then create your own weather journal to see what you can observe in the sky above ⛅️👀🌬️

07/29/2020
STEAMwork Science Exploration: Sun Prints w/ Christina

STEAMwork Classics: Science Exploration

Sun Prints w/ Christina, originally premiered 05/12/2020

We're harnessing the power of the sun in today's #STEAMwork science exploration ☀️😎. Create designs and patterns on your paper by using the sun's UV—or ultraviolet—light, and be sure to share your amazing creations with us!

07/28/2020
STEAMwork Climate Action Mission: Greenhouse Gases w/ Langley

STEAMwork Classics: Climate Action Mission

Greenhouse Gases w/ Langley, originally premiered 05/04/2020

Climate Action Superheroes: it's up to us to use our combined powers and knowledge to defeat the climate villains! 🦸🏾🦸🏽‍♂️ In today's #STEAMwork climate action mission, we're fighting greenhouse gases and finding ways to reduce our carbon footprints. Learn more at the mission headquarters at climate-heroes.org.

Dreamers—add your voice to episode 3!On STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum, we want to help answer questions...
07/27/2020

Dreamers—add your voice to episode 3!
On STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum, we want to help answer questions from real kids like you! This August, Shyla Raghav, Vice President at Conservation International, will be joining us to answer kids questions about her career path, climate change, and what kids can do to take better care of the environment. 💚🌎

Do you have a question about climate or the environment for Shyla? We want to hear from you! Be sure to start your recording with your first name, age, city, and state. Please submit your question by 8/2!

You can submit your question by:
1) Sending a voice recording to [email protected] with the subject line: Podcast Question
2) Leaving us a message at https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message
3) Leaving us a voicemail at 202-844-2446

07/27/2020
STEAMwork Sensory Play: Tornado in a Jar w/ Domonique

STEAMwork Classics: Sensory Play

Tornado in a Jar w/ Domonique, originally premiered 05/03/2020

We're making mini tornadoes in a jar with Domonique in today's #STEAMwork sensory play. Learn where and why tornadoes form and what stumps even scientists! 🌪️

07/24/2020
STEAMwork Design + Build: At-home Zipline w/ Anna

STEAMwork Classics: Design + Build

At-home Zipline w/ Anna, originally premiered 05/14/2020

Race your toys or household objects down a mini zipline in today's #STEAMwork design and build challenge. Play with different materials and see what zooms down the fastest! 💨

07/24/2020

~Brand new episode!~ This month, in support of our mission to inspire children to care about and change the world, we focus on the "A" in “STEAM” by exploring art as a form of activism! You’ll meet our inspiring guests Dr. Chelsea Johnson, co-author of “IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All”, a children’s book that celebrates solidarity, allyship, and community, and 9-year-old Kaityln, a kid who used her talent for skating to perform an inspiring tribute on Black Lives Matter Plaza in downtown Washington DC.

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

We’re grateful to our friends Spotify, Anchor, and #lydahillphilanthropies for their support and generosity.

07/23/2020
STEAMwork Sensory Play: Shadow Puppet Theater w/ Sveta

STEAMwork Classics: Sensory Play

Shadow Puppet Theater w/ Sveta, originally premiered 05/10/2020

All the world's your stage in today's STEAMwork sensory play! Sveta and her daughter, Victoria, show us how to design cut-out puppets, build a shadow theater, and produce our very own play. Lights, shadows, action, dreamers!

07/22/2020
STEAMwork Design + Build: Spool Racers w/ Christina

STEAMwork Classics: Design + Build

Spool Racers w/ Christina, originally premiered 05/28/2020

We're repurposing old spools in today's #STEAMwork design + build and engineering them into lean, mean, racing machines! Test out different types of spools and tensions and let us know what works best 🏁

07/21/2020
STEAMwork Design + Build: Boat Buoyancy w/ Anna

STEAMwork Classics: Design + Build

Boat Buoyancy w/ Anna, originally premiered 03/26/2020

STEAMwork design + build a boat with Anna! Test out different materials from around the house, experiment with different combinations, and let us know what floats best. Upload your own boats and tag us for a chance to be featured next week.

07/20/2020
STEAMwork Design + Build: Marionette Puppets w/ Barbara

STEAMwork Classics: Design + Build

Marionette Puppets w/ Barbara, originally premiered 05/30/2020

Meet lil' B in our #STEAMwork design + build with Barbara! We're thinking about joints and movement as we make our own puppets. Let's see your mini-me marionettes!

07/17/2020
STEAMwork Nature Spotlight: Ice Excavation w/ Sveta

STEAMwork Classics: Nature Spotlight

Ice Excavation w/ Sveta, originally premiered 04/17/2020

Join Sveta and her daughter, Victoria, on an icy adventure in this week's STEAMwork nature spotlight. We're finding, freezing, and then rediscovering nature treasures through excavation—though we could hold on to those flower ice cubes for a bit longer! 😍🌼

07/16/2020
STEAMwork Community Connection: Hidden Treasure Rocks w/ Meredith

STEAMwork Classics: Community Connection

Hidden Treasure Rocks w/ Meredith, originally premiered 04/25/2020

Put on your explorer digs, dreamers, we're going on a rockin' adventure for our #STEAMwork community connection! Find and paint little treasures to spark joy in your community and be sure to tag us with your creations.

Meet 9 year-old Payson! She attended our first week of camp and designed an amazing animal habitat 🐒🌴 We may be halfway ...
07/16/2020

Meet 9 year-old Payson! She attended our first week of camp and designed an amazing animal habitat 🐒🌴 We may be halfway through, but there's still time to join us for weeks 3 + 4 of camp! In week 3, we'll explore the wonder of motion: movement, machines, + you! During week 4, we'll dive beyond the sphere, and discover how to survive + thrive in space. Learn more and register at https://nationalchildrensmuseum.org/camp-dream-out-loud/

07/15/2020

STEAMwork Classics: Nature Spotlight

Colorful Classification w/ Frances, originally premiered 04/03/2020

Join Frances and her son, Leo, on a colorful outdoor adventure in our #STEAMwork nature spotlight! How many different colors can you find, and who will be the first to spot elusive orange?

07/14/2020

STEAMwork Classics: Science Exploration

Salt Painting w/ Crystal, originally premiered 04/14/2020

We're combining science AND art in today's #STEAMwork science exploration with Crystal (and Preston!). See absorption in action and bring your salt drawings to life with vibrant colors!

07/13/2020
STEAMwork Nature Spotlight: Plant Paint Brushes w/ Christina

STEAMwork Classics: Nature Spotlight

Plant Paint Brushes w/ Christina, originally premiered 05/29/2020

Make your own eco-friendly paint brushes at home using materials gathered from your surroundings in today's #STEAMwork nature spotlight. Play with textures, patterns, and widths, and show us your beautiful works of art, dreamers!

07/10/2020
STEAMwork Sensory Play: Edible Ocean Habitat w/ Domonique

STEAMwork Classics: Sensory Play

Edible Ocean Habitat w/ Domonique, originally premiered 05/24/2020

Who knew oceanology could taste so sweet? 🌊🍬 Join Domonique in today's #STEAMwork as she builds a delicious underwater habitat using a sensory play favorite—Jell-O!

07/09/2020
STEAMwork Community Connection: Animal Yoga w/ Langley

STEAMwork Classics: Community Connection

Animal Yoga w/ Langley, originally premiered 05/23/2020

Cows and horses and cats, oh my! 🐄 🐎 🐈 In today's #STEAMwork community connection, Langley channels her inner lizard, eagle, and dog, and walks us through an animal-themed yoga practice. What's your favorite pose, dreamers? ✨

07/08/2020
STEAMwork Design + Build: Animal Homes w/ Frances + Leo

STEAMwork Classics: Design + Build

Animal Homes w/ Frances + Leo, originally premiered 05/21/2020

For today's #STEAMwork design + build, we're adventuring deep into a cave, swimming 1000 leagues under the sea, and marching into a forest... in our imaginations, of course! Join Frances + Leo as they build structures for "bears," "fish," and "squirrels" to call home. 🐻🐟🐿️

07/07/2020
STEAMwork Climate Action Challenge: Pollinator Patrol Mission w/ Langley

STEAMwork Classics: Climate Action Challenge

Pollinator Patrol Mission w/ Langley, originally premiered 04/06/2020

This week's mission: create a pollinator bath to protect and support pollinators of all kinds! Join us each week for a new mission in Climate Action Challenge and complete every one for a chance to win a small prize and be entered to win a membership.

07/06/2020
STEAMwork Nature Spotlight: Bird Feeders w/ Domonique

STEAMwork Classics: Nature Spotlight

Bird Feeders w/ Domonique, originally premiered 05/08/2020

The early bird may get the worm, but you can give your feathered friends an even tastier treat when you make this bird feeder! Follow along with Domonique in today's #STEAMwork nature spotlight, and you'll be birdwatching in no time 🐦

Dreamers—we want YOU to be a part of our next podcast episode!Our second episode of STEAM Daydream with National Childre...
07/06/2020

Dreamers—we want YOU to be a part of our next podcast episode!

Our second episode of STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum will discuss fighting racism and injustice through art as a form of activism. Our two special guests will be Dr. Chelsea Johnson, one of the authors of "Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All," and Kaitlyn, also known as The Skate Kid, who recently made news for her beautiful tribute at Black Lives Matter Plaza. Intersectionality For Kids

We want to hear what QUESTIONS you have for Dr. Chelsea and Kaitlyn! Ask things like, "How can kids make their voices heard?" and "What inspired you to perform this skating tribute?" Be sure to start your recording with your first name, age, city, and state. Please submit by tomorrow Tuesday, July 7!

You can submit your question by:
1️⃣ Sending a voice recording to [email protected] with the subject line: Podcast Question
2️⃣ Leaving us a message at https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message
3️⃣ Leaving us a voicemail at 202-844-2446

07/03/2020
STEAMWork Science Exploration: Ice Cream in a Bag w/ Alberic

STEAMwork Classics: Science Exploration

Ice Cream in a Bag w/ Alberic, originally premiered 05/26/2020

Ready for the inside scoop? In today's #STEAMwork science exploration, we're making (and tasting!) a yummy experiment. You've got this one in the bag, dreamers!

07/02/2020
STEAMwork Science Exploration: Bernoulli's Hoops w/ Christina

STEAMwork Classics: Science Exploration

Bernoulli's Hoops w/ Christina, originally premiered 04/07/2020

We look at airflow this week on #STEAMwork science exploration. Teach your young learners about lift, gravity, density, thrust, and more with an at home version of our Bernoulli's Hoops exhibit! Bring a bit of Museum magic to your home and see what you can make fly.

07/01/2020
STEAMwork Community Connection: Secret Codes w/ Caitlin

STEAMwork Classics: Science Exploration

Secret Codes w/ Caitlin, originally premiered 04/30/2020

We're flexing our coding muscles in today's #STEAMwork community connection. Connect with your friends and see if you can send secret messages back and forth using your own coded language! 🕵️

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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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