Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium and National Children’s Museum

Photos by Dan Swartz

By the end of the night, guests shot bolts of lightning in an immersive Weather World; stepped through colorful, reactive gateways; swung bats in a digital ballpark ; and danced with SpongeBob SquarePants at the National Children’s Museum. But leading up to the play-like-an-8-year-old activity, guests filled up on cocktails and an elegant sit down dinner to celebrate the only museum in Washington, D.C. that is tailored to children from birth to age 12. Setbacks to the originally scheduled grand opening to the public couldn’t stall the invite-only kick-off festivities and afterparty where guests got a sneak peek of the museum in its new Pennsylvania Avenue location at the Ronald Reagan Building that will offer interactive exhibitions exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and math. With that creative and exploratory mind-frame, adults released their inner kid, with a little extra help from adult beverages.

To help parents and caregivers out in this time of social distancing, the National Children’s Museum is hosting a new daily digital series called STEAMwork, which is sure to keep the young ones entertained and educated at home. STEAMwork, airing each day at 2:30pm, features members of the museum leading STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) projects, challenges, experiments and story times for kids under 12 and their caregivers. Even with closed doors, the museum is keeping children inspired and innovative so be sure to tune in to the next STEAMwork episode on the museum’s Facebook page!

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