The National Building Museum encourages families to discover architecture, design, and engineering in fun and interactive ways.
All of our exhibitions have material for families and children. Engage with full-scale, touchable house walls, paper models, and much more. Recommended exhibitions include PLAY WORK BUILD and Building Zone.
Experience the world we build for ourselves through participatory workshops and events for the whole family. Family Afternoons take place throughout the year, with seasonal topics and themes, including an annual program in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
See our calendar for upcoming events.
Family Tool Kits
Tool Kits offer a variety of thematic activities to enhance your family’s visit to the Museum. Choose from Patterns, Eye Spy, Construction Detector, or House and Home.
Recommended for ages 3-11. Free for Museum Members. Non-members: $3 per kit with Museum admission, $5 per kit without admission. For availability, stop by the Information Desk.
Learn all about bridges, arches, and the basic forces that impact structures. Free. Appropriate for all ages. Based on docent availability. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Discover Engineering Family Day
Celebrate National Engineers Week with a fun-filled day of family engineering activities.
February 17, 2018
The Big Build
Experience a hands-on festival of tools, trucks, construction, and design.
Coming in 2018
Explore topics in the built environment through art, building activities, and special field trips for campers.
Select Camper Grade
Provide an unforgettable birthday experience for your children and their friends. A Family-level membership level or higher is required to book a party. Registration opens August 24 at 10 am.
Birthday parties include two hours of facilitated celebration time, thematic party hats, and Museum admission for your guests. Parties are for children ages 3-11. Choose from three themes, which can be adapted based upon the age of participants.
All Aboard Train Construction
Become a train engineer for the day as you investigate all kinds of trains, then design and construct your own from a variety of craft materials.
Put on your construction hats and explore architecture and design as you construct your own cityscape using thousands of LEGO® bricks. Choose between standard bricks or Duplo, based on the age of the birthday child.
Castles and Crowns
Have a royally fun time exploring the enchanting world of castles, dragons, kings, and queens as you build your dream castle complete with towers, gems, or even a drawbridge.
Children learn to create buildings and places while focusing on teamwork and problem-solving skills. Homeschool programs accommodate ages 4–14 and a range of ability levels and learning styles.
Homeschool groups and co-ops are invited to register for school programs, designed for groups of 10–30 students and offered Monday-Friday, late September through mid-June.
Individual homeschool families can attend one of the Museum’s popular Homeschool Days to participate in hands-on educational programs with other homeschool families.
Save the dates for future Homeschool Days. Registration for each opens approximately one month before the program date.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Family programs are generously supported by: The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Geppetto Catering, Inc. is the official meal provider for all education programs at the National Building Museum.