Hirshhorn Plaza

Tiffany McGettigan and children. STORYTIME+

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.


The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Wednesday, October 25
10 AM | Meet in the Lobby

It’s Halloween! We’ll encounter the headless sculpture Post Balzac, read-aloud from the The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, and create our own ghostly sculptures. Costumes are encouraged!


The Pirate Ship
Wednesday, November 1
10 AM | Meet in the Lobby

Bring your youngest mateys to see a model of The Pirate Ship “Devil’s Rage” in Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects before reading How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and enjoying some plunderin’ good activities.


Shape Hunt
Wednesday, November 8
10 AM | Meet in the Lobby

Many artists use shapes to create sculptures. Join us for a read aloud of The Shape of Me by Dr. Seuss and a shape scavenger hunt through the Hirshhorn sculpture garden. Following the read-aloud, we’ll play with creating our own creations using different shapes.


The Right to Be a Child
Wednesday, November 15
10 AM | Meet in the Lobby

In honor of Universal Children’s Day, we will explore Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn, read I Have the Right to be a Child by Alain Serres, and create our own LEGO artworks.


How Can One Change Oneself?
Wednesday, November 22
10 AM | Meet in the Lobby

On the eve of Thanksgiving, we will look at the work How Can One Change Oneself by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and explore the artists’ question: How can you make yourself better, kinder, more decent?


Iggy Peck Architect
Wednesday, November 29
10 AM | Meet in the Lobby

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