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Join us and educators from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum to explore and play with light and shadow! We’ll tour the galleries and hunt for shadows in several artworks, read the story Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asch aloud, and explore making our own works using light and shadow.

Meet in the Museum Lobby.

Do this at home! Brighten up the darkness with this colorful and playful Mini Art Lesson exploring light. Instructions here.

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Join Hirshhorn Kids on Wednesdays for a one-of-a-kind storytime experience! Each week offers a fun and fresh theme for our youngest artists and their adults. Get a fun and hands-on introduction to a new artwork each week, and participate in a joyful read-aloud filled with music, stories, and movement. Then, stay and play while your little artist creates. No reservations or tickets required. Nursing caregivers are welcome. Stroller parking is available in the Hirshhorn Lobby. If there are access services or accommodations that can make your experience more inclusive (e.g., ASL interpretation, live captioning, etc.), please contact hmsgeducation@si.edu; 1–2 week’s advance notice is recommended but not required. For a group of ten or more, please contact mcgettigant@si.edu to reserve a program in advance.


January 24, 2024
10:00 am–11:00 am
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Third floor