Family Programs at NMNH

A mother looks at her child through a magnifying glass in a classroom with tables and stools.


Make us a part of your family fun!  During our programs, families learn together about nature, science, culture and museum collections in interactive, playful, and creative ways.


The World & Me Story Time Series - Find your place in the world through explorations of nature and culture. Every second Saturday of the month, museum educators lead a program that combines a book reading, activities, and a chance to look more closely at the museum’s collections. These programs are designed for Pre-K to 3rd grade.


What happens during Story Time?

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Free exploration of hands-on stations

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Book reading

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon - Craft activity


Upcoming Programs:

Sat., July 14, 2018 - Fascinating Fireflies

Sat., Aug. 11, 2018 - Impressive Elephants

Sat., Sept. 8, 2018 - Geology Rocks!

Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 - Beguiling Birds

A woman sitting on the floor next to a word map reads a book to six children sitting in front of her.


Discover the natural and cultural world and your place in it during Family Days at NMNH, happening throughout the year. Visitors of all ages get the chance to connect to natural history topics through interactive activities, crafts, demonstrations and conversations with scientists.


Upcoming Programs:

Sat., June 23, 2018 - Family Night - Solstice Edition: Butterflies, birds and bees, oh my! Celebrate the beginning of summer and the end of National Pollinator Week with a Family Night at the National Museum of Natural History!  Visitors of all ages are invited to explore their connections to pollinators and plants through interactive activities, crafts, demonstrations and conversations with scientists. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


A young girl sifts through a tray of sand and shell pieces as she does an activity. A man sitting next to her points to a chart in his hand.


These events give families a chance to learn skills and create things together.


Upcoming Programs:

Wed., July 18, 2018 - Art-Science Afternoon: Join us from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for an afternoon exploring the intersection of art and science through natural science illustration.


What’s Happening?

  • “Illustrator is In!” stations - Meet and talk with illustrators who create ocean science and botanical illustrations.
  • Family Workshop, where museum educators lead your family through the process of mindful observations and then teach techniques for accurate illustration. Participants will use real museum specimens to practice observing and drawing. No previous drawing experience or skills needed. Registration is required.
Two young women work on a drawing while sitting at a counter with animal specimens in plastic cases in front of them.

Photo credits, from top to bottom:

Smithsonian photo; Smithsonian photo; photo by James Di Loreto, Smithsonian; photo by James Di Loreto, Smithsonian.