Category Archives: Kids in Museums

All about bringing kids to museums, and what to do once you are there

“Engaging Young Children in Museums”- New Book!

I’ve talked a lot about the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) on this blog. It was my first “classroom teaching” gig and gave me a chance every day to try out ways that the museum could benefit young children. Sharon … Continue reading

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Articles in “Teaching Young Children”

Publishing on the web has been exciting…but I will admit there is something very satisfying about seeing your words “in print!” I have had two articles come out in “Teaching Young Children” (a NAEYC publication) and luckily they are offering … Continue reading

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“Museums and Early Childhood Education”-NAEA Google Hangout

Since starting Cabinet of Curiosities I’ve had a lot of “firsts.”  I’ve been published, started teaching science classes, been a guest lecturer and given docent trainings. This month, I had another new adventure…moderating a Google Hangout on young children in … Continue reading

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Try it Again

My friend and her daughter happily explored room to room in the Hirshhorn, stopping here and there for an endearing toddler-on-point observation. ” A cow!” she announced breathlessly under the sculpture “The Dangerous Logic of Wooing, 2002” and still later … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: Mt. Vernon

Sometimes when you are writing and posting online, it is hard to know if your words are having any impact. So, it is ALWAYS nice to hear back from readers that they are enjoying the blog and using the info. … Continue reading

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Seton Hall

I have been very lucky to have support and mentoring from a number of amazing people over the years.  One of them is Claudia Ocello, who I would consider my “museum mentor” (I hope she is ok with that!). She … Continue reading

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Quick Guide to the American History Museum…with Kids

For most families, even those with museum fever, the sheer logistics of a trip can be hard to overcome. I’ve been keeping a running list on Your Family Adventures in Washington, D.C. of stroller access and good places to feed/change … Continue reading

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When it’s “Too Nice Out” to Go to a Museum

Too often, people think of museums as a “rainy day activity,” something you save for when there are no better options. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! While I agree that some days are just too beautiful to be … Continue reading

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Museum Says NO TOUCHING? No problem!

More and more museums are making themselves accessible to families with young children. However, that doesn’t mean that you will suddenly be able to touch everything in the museum…it just wouldn’t be good for the objects! So, what do you … Continue reading

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Disney “Planes” Inspired Museum Visit

If you are looking for ways to engage your kids in a museum visit, you have a lot of options. You can let them be exhibit critics, bring some surprises with you or take strength in numbers. Something else that … Continue reading

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