Homeschool Programs

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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Friday, May 24, 2019

Morning Workshops, 10 am – 12 noon
Build a Green Roof, 4-6 year olds, 10:30 am to 12 noon
Storybuilders, 7-9 year olds, 10 am to 12 noon
Symbolic Architecture, 10-14 year olds, 10 am to 12 noon
Description of Programs

Afternoon Open House, 12:30 pm – 3 pm

Career Fair: Meet representatives from NASA and the National Capital Planning Commission, as well as other area organizations. Learn about their work and how to further your interest in architecture, engineering, and design. 

Frieze It: Inspired by the Museum’s exterior frieze, Museum staff invite you to contribute to a community-created frieze, measuring more than 50 feet long.

Circles: Shapes in Architecture: A Museum teacher guides students through reflections on how architects use shapes in their designs and how those shapes change the experience of people using the buildings. Finally, students and parents alike will have the chance to design a building using a collage of shapes.

Animate It: Inspired by the exhibition Flickering Treasures, students will learn about zoetropes, one of the earliest animation devices, which later inspired the creation of modern motion pictures. Students will have the opportunity to animate their own film strip using a zoetrope. Families can take home an instruction sheet to build their own zoetrope at home.

Family Building Lounge: A chance for homeschooling families to meet and mingle while completing some building projects of their own. Older students, with parent help, will be guided through the construction of paper models. Younger students can try out their skills with a variety of building toys. Both experiences are inspired by the Museum’s collection.

Story Time: Explore books and the built world in everyday life with DC Public Librarians. Story Times are for children ages 5 and under and are packed full of reading, songs, and activities designed to promote language and literacy skills.

Discovery Carts: Learn about the forces of tension and compression as you participate in a docent-led discovery cart about bridges and arches and trusses.

Historic Building Tour: Learn the hidden history of the Museum’s historic building through a docent-led historic building tour. Special tours are scheduled as part of Homeschool Day just for homeschool families.

Exhibition Visit: The open house ticket includes student admission to the Museum exhibitions. View a complete list of current exhibitions here.