The National Children's Museum

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.  

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Mindfulness and Me
Presented by: The National Children's Museum 

Students with strong self-awareness and management skills maximize their capacity for personal and academic growth. Design a marionette puppet that demonstrates the connection between your mind, feelings and actions. Practice being your best self with self-regulation strategies and perform stories about choice and change. Any class larger than 20 students, we will likely split them into two smaller groups. The Museum strongly encourages a 1:5 chaperone to student ratio. Chaperones that exceed the 1:5 ratio will be charged $10 for each additional chaperone
Date: 1/29; 1/30, 1/31, 2/3, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/28, 3/2, 3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 3/6, 3/9, 3/11, 3/12, 3/17, 3/18, 3/19, 3/20, 3/23, 3/24, 3/25, 3/26, 3/27, 3/30, 3/31
Time:10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm
Program Length: 90 minutes
Location: The National Children's Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20004
Content Area: Arts, Diversity, Social-Emotional
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.5
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Ticket capacity: 35 per time slot
Supplemental Materials 
 Mindfulness and Me

Drag Racing
Presented by: The National Children's Museum 

Discover the dynamic relationship between weight, friction, and speed. Investigate how objects within the Museum are designed with gravity, propulsion, and drag in mind. During the Learning Lab, students will design their own car, manipulate a race track, and then record the results of each race. Any class larger than 20 students, we will likely split them into two smaller groups. The Museum strongly encourages a 1:5 chaperone to student ratio. Chaperones that exceed the 1:5 ratio will be charged $10 for each additional chaperone
Date: 1/29; 1/30, 1/31, 2/3, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/28, 3/2, 3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 3/6, 3/9, 3/11, 3/12, 3/17, 3/18, 3/19, 3/20, 3/23, 3/24, 3/25, 3/26, 3/27, 3/30, 3/31
Time:10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm
Program Length: 90 minutes
Location: The National Children's Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20004
Content Area: Arts, Diversity, Social-Emotional
Learning Standards: Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1.C Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others. NGSS: 3-5-ETS1-3: Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved. 3-PS2-1: Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object [Clarification Statement: Examples could include an unbalanced force on one side of a ball can make it start moving; and, balanced forces pushing on a box from both sides will not produce any motion at all]
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Ticket capacity: 35 per time slot
Supplemental Materials
 Drag Racing 

Data Detectives 
Presented by: The National Children's Museum 

How does data connect to our everyday lives? Investigate the types of data and collection methods that are hidden in plain sight within the Museum while identifying the design and analytical decisions that help communicate information in a visual form (like infographics). What inferences can we make and how do we identify statistical biases? During the Learning Lab, students will analyze a data set and construct compelling infographics relating to climate and the environment. Any class larger than 20 students, we will likely split them into two smaller groups. The Museum strongly encourages a 1:5 chaperone to student ratio. Chaperones that exceed the 1:5 ratio will be charged $10 for each additional chaperone
Date: 1/29; 1/30, 1/31, 2/3, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/28, 3/2, 3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 3/6, 3/9, 3/11, 3/12, 3/17, 3/18, 3/19, 3/20, 3/23, 3/24, 3/25, 3/26, 3/27, 3/30, 3/31
Time:10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm
Program Length: 90 minutes
Location: The National Children's Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20004
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts, Architecture/Urban Studies, Diversity, Social-Emotional
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1.DCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.4CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.4CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.5CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.B.3
Grades: 3-5th
Ticket capacity: 35 per time slot
Supplemental Materials 
 Data Detectives

Building Better Communities
Presented by: The National Children's Museum 

What does a community need to thrive? How can we improve ourselves and our actions? What can we do to make our community stronger and better? In the Museum, explore exhibits that champion different parts of the community. During the Learning Lab, students apply their developing knowledge to sculpt a small-scale city with clay and recycled materials that reflects these ideals and roles. Any class larger than 20 students, we will likely split them into two smaller groups. The Museum strongly encourages a 1:5 chaperone to student ratio. Chaperones that exceed the 1:5 ratio will be charged $10 for each additional chaperone
Date: 1/29; 1/30, 1/31, 2/3, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/28, 3/2, 3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 3/6, 3/9, 3/11, 3/12, 3/17, 3/18, 3/19, 3/20, 3/23, 3/24, 3/25, 3/26, 3/27, 3/30, 3/31
Time:10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm
Program Length: 90 minutes
Location: The National Children's Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20004
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts, Architecture/Urban Studies, Diversity, Social-Emotional
Learning Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.4CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.5; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.4 : Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.5: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings. National Core Arts Standards: ​​​​​Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work; Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work; Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art; Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Ticket capacity: 35 per time slot
Supplemental Materials
 Building Better Communities

Numbers, Numbers Everywhere
Presented by: The National Children's Museum 

Numbers can be found all around us all the time! Students practice unpacking numerical, categorical, and ordinal data that is embedded and highlighted within the physical surrounding environment. During the Learning Lab, students will discover how numbers can be their own language by creating a bracelet, key chain, or zipper-pull with ASCII code. Any class larger than 20 students, we will likely split them into two smaller groups. The Museum strongly encourages a 1:5 chaperone to student ratio. Chaperones that exceed the 1:5 ratio will be charged $10 for each additional chaperone
Date: 1/29; 1/30, 1/31, 2/3, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/28, 3/2, 3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 3/6, 3/9, 3/11, 3/12, 3/17, 3/18, 3/19, 3/20, 3/23, 3/24, 3/25, 3/26, 3/27, 3/30, 3/31
Time:10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm
Program Length: 90 minutes
Location: The National Children's Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20004
Content Area: Math, Arts
Learning Standards:  ​​​​​CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.MD.B.3CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.MD.C.4
Grades: PreK, K, 1st, 2nd
Ticket capacity: 35 per time slot
Supplemental Materials 
 for Numbers Numbers Everywhere

Make It Fly
Presented by: The National Children's Museum 

In the Museum, explore exhibits that investigate how objects can travel in the air utilizing the four forces of flight. During the Learning Lab, students rapidly prototype, experiment, and record results reveals the complexities of aerodynamics. By focusing on the weight and shape of your design, can you make an object fly in a wind tube? Any class larger than 20 students, we will likely split them into two smaller groups. The Museum strongly encourages a 1:5 chaperone to student ratio. Chaperones that exceed the 1:5 ratio will be charged $10 for each additional chaperone
Date: 1/29; 1/30, 1/31, 2/3, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/28, 3/2, 3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 3/6, 3/9, 3/11, 3/12, 3/17, 3/18, 3/19, 3/20, 3/23, 3/24, 3/25, 3/26, 3/27, 3/30, 3/31
Time:10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm
Program Length: 90 minutes
Location: The National Children's Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20004
Content Area: Science, Engineering
Learning Standards:  CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively. NGSS: K-PS2-1: Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object. K-2-ETS1-2: Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem. Engineering Design: K-2-ETS1-1 Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or too
Grades: PreK, K, 1st, 2nd
Ticket capacity: 35 per time slot
Supplemental Materials 
 for Make It Fly

Head in the Clouds
Presented by: The National Children's Museum 

Daydreaming is encouraged as we imagine how clouds form, move and impact our environment. Learn about different types of clouds and their characteristics, altitude and weather implications. During the Learning Lab, students will create an artistic representation of a cloud using scientific observations to promote further observation and identification of the natural world. Lesson extensions include NASA GLOBE Clouds citizen science project. Any class larger than 20 students, we will likely split them into two smaller groups. The Museum strongly encourages a 1:5 chaperone to student ratio. Chaperones that exceed the 1:5 ratio will be charged $10 for each additional chaperone
Date: 1/29; 1/30, 1/31, 2/3, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/28, 3/2, 3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 3/6, 3/9, 3/11, 3/12, 3/17, 3/18, 3/19, 3/20, 3/23, 3/24, 3/25, 3/26, 3/27, 3/30, 3/31
Time:10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm
Program Length: 90 minutes
Location: The National Children's Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20004
Content Area: English/Literature, Math, Science, Arts
Learning Standards: Common Core, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4 ; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.5 ; NGSS: K-ESS2-1 Earth's Systems: Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time. K-ESS3-2 Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.
Grades: PreK, K, 1st, 2nd
Ticket capacity: 35 per time slot
Supplemental Materials 
 for Head in the Clouds

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