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Valuing its role as an informal learning environment and cultural community partner, the Museum has a history of offering numerous large-scale family festivals for learners of all ages to enjoy. Celebrate the building arts with the Washington, D.C. community by experiencing hands-on activities, demonstrations, and performances at the following festivals:

A young girl receives instruction on hammering at the Miller & Long nail driving competition held during the Festival of the Building Arts.
© Peter Cutts

The Big Build

A Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Construction

An interactive, fun-for-all-ages celebration of our built environment.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Join us for the Big Build.

Past Festivals: 2016 dates to be determined

A boy explores robotics at the annual Discover Engineering Family Day.
Photo by F.T. Eyre

Discover Engineering Family Day

Debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn ideas into reality.
Saturday, February 27, 2015
Become an engineer for a day.

The Great Hall decorated with cherry blossom balloons for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Opening Ceremony.
© Bob Peavy

National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Workshops

Celebrate Washington, D.C.'s cherry blossom season with a series of hands-on family programs exploring Japanese arts and design on weekends. Note: this series will require pre-registration, and will be presented in lieu of the usual larger festival day.
Saturday, March 26, 2015
Celebrate Washington, D.C.'s beautiful blossoms.