Taking young kids to museums should be a no-brainer when you live in a major metropolitan area like DC. As a former New Yorker, I know how lucky were are here in DC to have access to so many wonderful free museums. In New York, several prominent museums have $25 admission prices! But I often see visitors racing through museums with their kids without really pausing or taking in a particular exhibit. Museums aren’t theme parks. You shouldn’t feel pressured to see and do everything in one day, especially if you live nearby.
Did you know the Smithsonian has an in-house preschool called the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC)? Until recently I had no idea the Smithsonian housed an early childhood program that admits mostly the children of Smithsonian staff members but also children from the surrounding areas (find out more about enrollment). SEEC invited The DC Moms to check out the new Puppetry in America case at the American History Museum and to discuss ways that parents can really make the most of taking their young children to the museum on a regular basis.
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Executive Director Dr. Kim Kiehl was kind enough to share some important concepts and tips for families:
SEEC offerers programs for young children that are open to anyone who wants to register. Here’s an upcoming one:
What Does It Mean?
Saturdays, April 26—May 17, 2014
10—12pm 3.5—6 years
From portrait to landscape, children discover art through it’s many forms and meanings.
Register by April 25