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"Knowledge Begins in Wonder"

“Knowledge Begins in Wonder” was the the theme of the original Children’s Room in the Smithsonian Castle AND is one of the guiding philosophies of the Field Trip Club!

*The Children's Room closed in 1939.

Ghandi Statue in Washington, DC

Why it’s Taken Me So Long to Start a Blog (& How George Mason Gave Me the Push I Needed)

By Caroline M. Harper | November 18, 2019

First I must address the elephant in the room…yes, I know that top image is NOT George Mason, haha. Ghandi was, however, another inspiration leader I “met” in DC who helped me decide to start…

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Who Started the Smithsonian Institute? An Introduction to the Smithsonian on the National Mall

By Caroline M. Harper | November 18, 2019

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Smithsonian Institute and you may even have visited one of its many world-class museums, galleries, or zoo in Washington, DC, but do you know how it came to be?!…

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Kid's Printable Activity for the National Gallery of Art: Mary Cassatt

Can You Find Mary Cassatt’s Painting? Free Kid’s Printable for the National Gallery of Art

By Caroline M. Harper | November 17, 2019

While homeschooling my kids, we studied about the painter, Mary Cassatt, and other Impressionist painters. I especially loved how my children could relate to many of her paintings, such as “The Child’s Bath”, “Children Playing…

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Art becomes yours when you look at it.

How to Build Your Private Art Collection in Your Head

By Caroline M. Harper | November 2, 2019

My final project in my Professional Tour Guiding program for Washington, DC was to create a 1.5 hour tour. I knew I wanted to make my tour an interactive, hands-on tour that families with young…

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6 Strategies for Enjoying a Museum with Your Kids

By Caroline M. Harper | October 30, 2019

I have become my father*…I remember visiting the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washinton, DC as a 10 year old, walking sssllloooowly behind my dad as he read aaalll the words on all…

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Free Printable for the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC

Can You Find the Smithsonite? Free Printable for the Natural History Museum

By Caroline M. Harper | March 30, 2019

Are you visiting the National Museum of Natural History on our National Mall soon? Interested in visiting the Gems and Minerals Hall, but you’re not really sure how you’re going to get your kids to…

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Kid's Printable Activity for the National Gallery of Art: Mary Cassatt

Can You Find Mary Cassatt’s Painting? Free Kid’s Printable for the National Gallery of Art

Free Printable for the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC

Can You Find the Smithsonite? Free Printable for the Natural History Museum

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