Smithsonian Resources for families

AJE is happy to share these resources from Access Smithsonian, the Smithsonian Institute’s accessibility and inclusion office.  If you have questions about any of these programs, please contact Ashley Grady, Senior Program Specialist with Access Smithsonian at or 202-633-4349

Tuesday, May 12

11:00 a.m.; NPG’s Young Portrait Explorers (Kid Friendly):

12:15 p.m.; Meditation and Mindfulness:

3:00 p.m.; Natural History’s Teen Tuesday Webinar (Teen Friendly):

4:30 p.m.; Art Conservation Teacher Workshop (For parents/teachers):

Wednesday, May 13

11:00 a.m.; NPG’s Story Time (Kid Friendly):

2:00 p.m.; Natural History’s Adapting the Ocean Webinar (Teens/Young Adults):

Thursday, May 14

1:00 p.m.; Air and Space’s Live with an Astronaut about Space Suits (All ages):

2:00p.m.: Natural History’s What Makes Fish so Fishy Webinar (Teens/Young Adults):

2:30 p.m.: Anacostia Community Museum’s #TakeTimeThursday with local DC artist, Luis Peralta Del Valle (Kid & Teen Friendly):

Friday, May 15

11:00 a.m.; NPG’s Open Studio (Kid & Teen Friendly):

2:00 p.m.; Natural History’s Fossil Friday (All ages):

Saturday, May 16

11:00 a.m.: Natural History at Home Drawing Webinar (Kid & Teen Friendly):

2:00 p.m.; Freer’s Family Puppet-Making Workshop (All ages – great for kids):


National Museum of African Art’s Creative Writing Workshops (Start on Tuesday, May 19);;

Ongoing Resources:

Smithsonian’s Central Website for Digital Resources (Smithsonian Cares):

Spark!Lab’s Do Try This At Home (Hands-on/Digital Activities for all ages):

National Air and Space Museum’s Air and Space Anywhere Resources (Kid & Teen Friendly) –

SEEC’s (Smithsonian’s Early Enrichment Center) Resource/Activity List (Pre-K Friendly):

National Museum of the American Indian’s Lessons/Resources (Kid & Teen Friendly):

National Postal Museum’s Curriculum Guide (Kid & Teen Friendly):

National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours (For All Ages) –

National Portrait Gallery’s Visit at Home Resources (Kid & Teen Friendly) –

Smithsonian Libraries’ Color Our Collections (For all Ages) –

Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Online Game Center (Kid & Teen Friendly) –

Smithsonian’s Explore and Learn (Teen Friendly) –

Cooper Hewitt’s Design It Yourself Activities (Kid & Teen Friendly):

Hirshhorn Kids at Home (Kid & Teen Friendly):

National Museum of African American History & Culture’s Digital Resources Page (Teen Friendly):

Ongoing Videos:

National Museum of Natural History’s The Doctor is In YouTube Channel –

Smithsonian Education’s YouTube Channel (programs are archived here):

National Zoo’s Webcams:

Ongoing Activities:

National Museum of African Art’s The Power of Griot Poetry Contest; Deadline to enter is June 20. The museum also has great ideas for distance learning, which are found on the same webpage. –  (

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