National Children's Museum

National Children's Museum Founded in 1974. Celebrating 50 years of play. Plan your visit to experience the joy of hands-on learning!

Plan your visit to National Children's Museum and watch your little Dreamer's curiosity blossom through playful learning.

Wow, 2023 was quite the year! Here's how it measured up.This impact was made possible by the support of our incredible c...
12/29/2023

Wow, 2023 was quite the year! Here's how it measured up.

This impact was made possible by the support of our incredible community. As 2023 comes to a close, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to our Rigama-Give Campaign to help us carry momentum into the new year with the transformation of our beloved Rigamajig building experience. Head to http://nationalchildrensmuseum.org/join-give/rigama-give-campaign/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=owned_marketing&utm_campaign=fundraising&utm_content=ap_aijsmld6fp to learn more and donate.

Over $11,000 raised to help reinvent our Rigamajig building experience!Please make a gift to our Rigama-Give Campaign by...
12/16/2023

Over $11,000 raised to help reinvent our Rigamajig building experience!

Please make a gift to our Rigama-Give Campaign by December 31 to support transformational updates that will inspire big ideas, including triple the Rigamajig parts, new workshop tables, and a Wall of Fame!

Head to https://bit.ly/4amRK5s to learn more about our goals and the awesome benefits you’ll earn by making a gift. Thank you for helping build a more playful world!

Don’t miss tomorrow’s workshop with artist-in-residence Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm!Drop in to the Ti...
12/14/2023

Don’t miss tomorrow’s workshop with artist-in-residence Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm!

Drop in to the Tinkerers Studio to leave your mark on a collaborative collage made of vinyl stickers in varying shapes, colors, and sizes. The artwork will be transformed into an immersive installation in the Museum next year. You can learn more about Katherine and our Artist-in-Residence Program at https://bit.ly/3TkuBe1.

🗓️ Can’t make it tomorrow? Mark your calendars for Katherine’s next workshop on January 13!

12/07/2023

Don’t mind us, we’re still daydreaming about our Dreamers Soirée last month 💭

Thank you to everyone who was part of this remarkable event that honored the play that shapes us. We're already counting down the days until our next big celebration (exactly one year from today!). Mark your calendars for our 50th anniversary Dreamers Gala on December 7, 2024!

✨ co-chairs ✨
lauren pratapas + john legittino
heather + ryan zimmerman

✨ host committee ✨
elizabeth + paul bonner
brooke + fritz brogan
ashley + matt bronczek
kristin + john cecchi
ali cheloei + dr. sahar jahan
andrea d***s + jeremy fishelberg
michelle fields + jamie weinstein
rae ann + jermaine johnson
traci + robb micek
beth newburger schwartz
s. scott stewart

Now through December 31, family memberships purchased online are $25 off with the code HolidayPlay25Off!Museum membershi...
11/27/2023

Now through December 31, family memberships purchased online are $25 off with the code HolidayPlay25Off!

Museum membership means more access and more play! On top of a year of free admission, enjoy members-only hours, 10% off at the gift shop, and discounts to special events.

Become a member, renew your membership, or gift a membership today at https://bit.ly/3QPS1F2. (Psst, this offer applies to all of the above.)

We’re so thankful for all the moments of joy and discovery we get to share with you ✨A friendly reminder that we’re clos...
11/23/2023

We’re so thankful for all the moments of joy and discovery we get to share with you ✨

A friendly reminder that we’re closed today for Thanksgiving, but the play resumes tomorrow! Don’t miss the chance to make Museum memories with your friends and family this weekend—tickets are available at https://bit.ly/3MWoCrY.

Pictured: The moment curiosity was sparked ⚡️Moments like this are key to empowering future innovation, and when a child...
11/08/2023

Pictured: The moment curiosity was sparked ⚡️

Moments like this are key to empowering future innovation, and when a child’s interest is ignited early enough in science, technology, engineering, and math, it leads to a lifelong love of learning. This , we’re celebrating these everyday moments of STEM discovery that will one day change the world.

This Veterans Day, we’re celebrating all those who have served our country with help from our friends at Beneath the Ser...
11/06/2023

This Veterans Day, we’re celebrating all those who have served our country with help from our friends at Beneath the Service!

All general admission tickets to visit the Museum on Veterans Day (Saturday, November 11) are 50% off for all visitors, courtesy of Beneath the Service. Join us in honoring our veterans with a special pop-up program led by Beneath the Service. Advanced tickets are encouraged at https://bit.ly/49CwvMX.

Last night was a dream! ✨Thank you to everyone who attended our Dreamers Soirée to celebrate the play that shapes us. It...
11/03/2023

Last night was a dream! ✨

Thank you to everyone who attended our Dreamers Soirée to celebrate the play that shapes us. It’s your support that makes play possible at the Museum every day. A special thank you to our event sponsors, co-chairs, and host committee for making this dreamy evening a reality.

Proceeds from last night’s event will support our exhibits, programs, and access initiatives. If you’d like to join us in empowering the next generation to dream big through hands-on learning, please consider making a gift at bit.ly/3QpJbhb.

Learn more about family membership and join today at nationalchildrensmuseum.org/join-give/family-membership/!If you're ...
11/02/2023

Learn more about family membership and join today at nationalchildrensmuseum.org/join-give/family-membership/!

If you're already part of our membership community, don't miss our Member Magic Hour this Saturday, November 4! Enjoy exclusive access to the Museum from 8:30 to 9:30 am. We'll see you there 👋

Wherever you are, whatever you're doing—stop 🛑 It's time for a quick happy dance for making it halfway through the week!...
11/01/2023

Wherever you are, whatever you're doing—stop 🛑 It's time for a quick happy dance for making it halfway through the week!

Don't miss our bilingual visiting exhibit, 𝘈𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘔𝘌𝘕𝘛𝘌, where you can happy dance all week long while learning about the power of everyday interactions in early childhood development. On display through January 1. Learn more at nationalchildrensmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/visiting-exhibit-hall/.

✨ GIVEAWAY CLOSED ✨Join us on at our 21+ Dreamers Soirée on Thursday, November 2, from 8 to 11 pm at the Museum!We have ...
10/23/2023

✨ GIVEAWAY CLOSED ✨

Join us on at our 21+ Dreamers Soirée on Thursday, November 2, from 8 to 11 pm at the Museum!

We have a magical night planned, and this time it's for you, the adults, because who said play was only for children? There'll be signature cocktails and culinary delights, music and dancing, all set within our whimsical exhibits.

To learn more and purchase your tickets, please visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org/dreamers-soiree-2023/.

Event proceeds support the Museum's work to inspire children to care about and change the world.

Another weekend of play in the books 🤩Don’t miss this week’s fall-themed fun:🍂 10/25 - Fall Fest on Woodrow Wilson Plaza...
10/22/2023

Another weekend of play in the books 🤩

Don’t miss this week’s fall-themed fun:

🍂 10/25 - Fall Fest on Woodrow Wilson Plaza with Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where we’ll lead two Baby Jam programs at 10:30 am + 12:30 pm

🍂 10/26 + 10/27 - themed early learner programs at 10:30 am in 𝘓𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘋𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘴

🍂 10/28 - Haunted House Workshops with playfollies at 10:30 am + 2 pm outside the Visiting Exhibit Hall

Come make your own spooktacular haunted house with local toy maker Chloe Varelidi, creator of playfollies!👻 October 28 a...
10/20/2023

Come make your own spooktacular haunted house with local toy maker Chloe Varelidi, creator of playfollies!

👻 October 28 at 10:30 am + 2 pm
👻 outside the Visiting Exhibit Hall
👻 special story time featuring 𝘙𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮 by Julia Donaldson

Workshops are included in the price of admission—get your tickets at nationalchildrensmuseum.org/tickets/!

All children have the right to play, and we've established access programs to ensure price is not a barrier to dreaming ...
10/17/2023

All children have the right to play, and we've established access programs to ensure price is not a barrier to dreaming big with us at the Museum.

Through our Community Access Program, we partner with local organizations to distribute free tickets to the families they serve. On Saturday, we celebrated the start of the 2023-24 program year with a special event to connect with our partners and welcome their communities. Thank you to Booz Allen Hamilton for their generous support of this program!

As a participant of the Museums For All program, the Museum also provides admission at a reduced cost to families who receive SNAP/EBT.

To learn more about our access programs, please visit www.nationalchildrensmuseum.org/access/.

09/28/2023

Come celebrate the play that shapes us on Thursday, November 2, at the 21+ Dreamers Soirée!

We have a magical night planned, and this time it's for you, the adults, because who said play was only for children? Signature cocktails and culinary delights, music and dancing, all set within our whimsical exhibits. You won't want to miss it.

Learn more and purchase your tickets at nationalchildrensmuseum.org/dreamers-soiree-2023/. Members receive $50 off soirée tickets.

Get ready—this Saturday is Nickelodeon Our World: Worldwide Day of Play, and we're celebrating alongside the Association...
09/27/2023

Get ready—this Saturday is Nickelodeon Our World: Worldwide Day of Play, and we're celebrating alongside the Association of Children's Museums with special programming:

➡️ play-based pop-up activities
➡️ sculpture building in the Tinkerers Studio with local artist Isaiah Aladejobi and his DC-inspired building blocks
➡️ a meet and greet with two surprise Nickelodeon guests until 2:30 pm (Hint: One might be in this photo...)

Purchase your tickets for Saturday at nationalchildrensmuseum.org/tickets/ and come play!

Hey, educator friends 👋 We're opening late on Wednesday, October 4, just for you! Registration is free and required at n...
09/24/2023

Hey, educator friends 👋 We're opening late on Wednesday, October 4, just for you! Registration is free and required at nationalchildrensmuseum.org/events/educators-night-out-10-23/!

We invite pre-k through 5th grade educators to come play and enjoy light bites and drinks from 5 - 6:30 pm. Learn about our field trips and workshops, explore our STEAM exhibits, and pick up new art techniques from our artist-in-residence. At the end of the night, one educator will walk away with a free workshop field trip for up to 25 students!

Cloudy days in the forecast are your sign to come play!Purchase your tickets at the link in our bio and don't forget to ...
09/23/2023

Cloudy days in the forecast are your sign to come play!

Purchase your tickets at the link in our bio and don't forget to check out our new, bilingual visiting exhibit 𝘈𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘔𝘌𝘕𝘛𝘌, which celebrates the brain building power of everyday interactions.

Discover how loving, playful interactions build brain health through dance, storytelling, and more in the 𝘈𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘔𝘌𝘕𝘛𝘌 | ...
09/06/2023

Discover how loving, playful interactions build brain health through dance, storytelling, and more in the 𝘈𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘔𝘌𝘕𝘛𝘌 | 𝘏𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘺 𝘉𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯: 𝘊𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘌𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 exhibit, opening in our Visiting Exhibit Hall on September 16! Set in a whimsical forest, the bilingual English/Spanish exhibit celebrates the brain building power of everyday interactions.

Learn more and plan your visit at nationalchildrensmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/visiting-exhibit-hall/.

Saturday marks two years of play in our downtown home! In the spirit of celebrating all the wonderful memories we’ve mad...
08/28/2023

Saturday marks two years of play in our downtown home! In the spirit of celebrating all the wonderful memories we’ve made together, we thought what better than a spirit week? Come dressed the part and ready to play because the fun kicks off today!

🌟 8/28: Future STEAM Stars Day
🏅 8/30: Sports Day
📖 8/31: Favorite Character Day
2️⃣ 9/1: Double Trouble Day
💥 9/2: Superhero Day

Gearing up for another school year? Stop by the gift shop to pick up our go-tos: Ten Little backpacks and lunchboxes (de...
08/23/2023

Gearing up for another school year? Stop by the gift shop to pick up our go-tos: Ten Little backpacks and lunchboxes (decorated with some pins, of course), inspirational pencils, sustainable cutlery and containers, and more!

Members, don't forget to use your gift shop discount!

We're so grateful to be included as a top nominee in the 2023 Washington Parent Magazine Picks in the Family Fun/Museums...
08/04/2023

We're so grateful to be included as a top nominee in the 2023 Washington Parent Magazine Picks in the Family Fun/Museums & Historic Sites category!

If you've enjoyed playing at the Museum, please consider supporting us by casting your vote at bit.ly/3OGzxap now through August 31.

We're open every day except Tuesday, just so you know 😎Have someone at home who's always asking to come play at the Muse...
08/03/2023

We're open every day except Tuesday, just so you know 😎

Have someone at home who's always asking to come play at the Museum? Check out our family memberships, which unlock unlimited play for a full year (plus other fun benefits, like members-only hours and a gift shop discount)! Learn more at nationalchildrensmuseum.org/join-give/family-membership.

Some moments of joy from July ☀️Summer is speeding by, but there's still time for family fun before school is back in se...
07/31/2023

Some moments of joy from July ☀️

Summer is speeding by, but there's still time for family fun before school is back in session! Plan an August adventure with us at www.nationalchildrensmuseum.org.

There are so many adventures to be had in the 𝘊𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘎𝘦𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘦™: 𝘓𝘦𝘵'𝘴 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘊𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴! exhibit 🐒Visit before September 4, 202...
07/28/2023

There are so many adventures to be had in the 𝘊𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘎𝘦𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘦™: 𝘓𝘦𝘵'𝘴 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘊𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴! exhibit 🐒

Visit before September 4, 2023, to follow George's lead from the Apartment Building you'll recognize from the iconic TV series to a construction site and even to outer space! Learn more about the exhibit and purchase your tickets to swing by at www.nationalchildrensmuseum.org.

Honk if you love engineering 🔊GM Day was a blast. Thank you to our partners at General Motors for helping us inspire fut...
07/20/2023

Honk if you love engineering 🔊

GM Day was a blast. Thank you to our partners at General Motors for helping us inspire future engineers!

The things we overhear at the Museum—so relatable. Also, they've got a point...Here's to growing grass (read: installing...
07/19/2023

The things we overhear at the Museum—so relatable. Also, they've got a point...

Here's to growing grass (read: installing turf) in the living room, using spun chairs at the dinner table, and one day making it past the 𝘋𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘦.

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