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Tiffany McGettigan and children. STORYTIME+

Wednesdays at 10 am | Meet outside museum entrance

STORYTIME+ explores contemporary art through stories and movement. Museum staff will read aloud a book, introduce children to an artist in the collection, and lead a hands-on activity. Nursing moms welcome. Stroller parking is available in the Hirshhorn lobby. Groups of 10 or more should contact mcgettigant@si.edu to reserve a program in advance. Please note: snacks are not allowed inside the Museum, but you may eat outside on our Plaza before or after the program. STORYTIME+ does not include admission to our special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.

Let’s Play with Polka-dots
Wednesday, April 26
Meet on the Plaza

Join us for a polka-dot journey in the Sculpture Garden! After a close-look at the polka-dot covered sculpture Pumpkin, by Yayoi Kusama, we’ll read Let’s Play!, by Hervé Tullet, and will then make polka-dot patterns in a hands-on activity.

Plants Can’t Sit Still
Sunday, April 30
Meet on the Plaza

Get wiggly with orchids! In celebration of Orchids: A Moment and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, we will take a close look at Pumpkin, by Yayoi Kusama, and a live orchid before reading Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch.

Let’s Play with Polka Dots
Wednesday, May 3
Meet on the Plaza
Late? Meet us at the Pumpkin (rain location: 3rd floor)

Join us for a polka-dot journey in the Hirshhorn sculpture garden! After a close look at the sculpture Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama, we will read Hervé Tullet’s Let’s Play and create your own polka dot patterns.


On Mother’s Lap
Wednesday, May 10
Meet on the Plaza

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we will look closely at the sculpture Evocation of a Form: Human, Lunar, Spectral by Jean Arp as well as read Ann Herbert Scott’s On Mother’s Lap. Following the story, we will create our own artworks for Mother’s Day.

Sandy’s Circus
Wednesday, May 17
Meet in the Lobby

Explore kinetic art and the story of artist Alexander Calder through a read-aloud of Tanya Lee Stone’s Sandy’s Circus, followed by a close look at Calder’s work and a hands-on experimentation in movement and balance.


Mix it Up! and Explore Color
Wednesday, May 24
Meet in the Lobby

Discover how colors mix and splatter in a read-aloud of Hervé Tullet’s Mix It Up!, followed by a close look at the painting Field for Skyes, by artist Joan Mitchell. Afterward, participants will explore and play with colors through a hands-on activity.

Iggy Peck Architect
Wednesday, May 31
Meet in the Lobby

Explore architecture through a read-aloud of Iggy Peck Architect, then investigate the Hirshhorn building through close looking and a hands-on building activity.

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