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Dreams Come True at the Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History

By Caroline M. Harper / January 3, 2020

My daughter is the “Nature Girl” in our family and dreamed of holding a butterfly. Thankfully, this is an easy dream to fulfill when you live near Washington, DC! One Tuesday in the middle of winter, I loaded up my kids (I was pregnant with #4, so only had 3…

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

By Caroline M. Harper / November 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 go without complaining?! How to Get Your Kids Excited About the Gems and Minerals Hall…

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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?! Growing up in Virginia, my parents often took us to the museums in Washington, DC.…

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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 on the Beach”, and “Little Girl in a Blue Armchair”. While planning our trip to…

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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 children would all enjoy. I wanted it to be like a really good children’s movie,…

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6 Strategies for Enjoying a Museum with Your Kids

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 the little signs in front of each of the dioramas…and back then, there were A…

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