FAQs for Parents: Using This Website with Your Kids

Whether you live in Washington, D.C., or are simply enjoying a “virtual” visit, our Web site is a great way to introduce your children to the Museum.

Where should I start?

Browse the areas of the site that appeal to you! Look for the kid-friendly symbol on the Kids page and throughout the Web site for suggestions.

Some ideas:

  • OurStory: Explore American history with your child through great books and fun family activities you can do at home.
  • Timeline: Take a journey through time and discover fascinating stories from America’s past as you explore this interactive timeline composed of items from the Museum’s online collections, exhibitions, and programs.
  • Check out a list of things to do at home.
  • Read Fun Facts about objects in the Museum's collection.
  • Search for events in the Museum that are specifically geared towards children.
Do you have activities we can do at home?

Check out the list of online activities listed in the Kids section. Also take a look at the OurStory Web site with recommended reading and activity guides and the Spark!Lab Web site for hands-on science and invention activities to do at home.

My child is doing research on a project for school. Can I ask someone at the Museum for help?

The Museum does not have the resources to help with general historical research. We encourage you to make use of your local library or search reputable Web sites.

The Museum Web site is a rich resource for students working on school assignments. We encourage students to use exhibition Web sites and online collections to access information about primary sources relevant to their research. Use the search box at the top right of the page to search the whole site.

How can I get information about other Smithsonian Web resources?

Visit the “Explore and Learn” section of the Smithsonian Institution's main Web site for more online resources.

How can I find out about new activities to do with my kids?

Sign up for our monthly e-mail newsletter and be sure to check the "For Kids & Families" category to receive information on events and activities appropriate for kids.

Where can I find a list of books recommended by the Museum?

Visit the OurStory Web site’s searchable database of books. The database includes nonfiction and historical fiction books appropriate for learners from PreK to adult. Some of the books are also featured within OurStory activities, which focus on specific subjects in American history.