National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center for a day of family fun! Visitors will have an opportunity to explore Igniting the Imagination: Selections from the Collection of the Mazza Museum, an exhibition featuring original artwork from picture books relating to science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.
Visitors can participate in a variety of readings and hands-on activities based upon the artwork and books. Participants can make a city construction site, dissect a log, play with objects from nature, and make a balloon rocket. Children will make connections to the sciences through literature, illustrations, and hands-on activities. Artist and illustrator Patrick O'Brien will give a special presentation about his work.
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. City Beats activity, ideal for ages 3-5
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A Log’s Life activity, ideal for ages 4-7
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. You are the First Kid on Mars activity, ideal for ages 5-8
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Meet the Artist with author and illustrator Patrick O’Brien
Call for Recyclables:
We invite you to bring materials to be used for hands-on activities. You can bring paper towel tubes, other small tubes, shoeboxes, and other small boxes. The more creative, the better! We will also provide materials.
This program is geared for families with children ages 3-8. Registration is recommended. Photo ID required for adults. Limited free on-site parking is available on a first come, first served, basis.