Maker Morning: Sound Playground

For kids (and adults!) of all ages

Make some noise for a special Sound Scene Maker Morning! Explore artworks you can hear and experiment with sound at our hands-on activity stations throughout the Museum and Plaza. Build your own instrument, play in the tot “sound space,” and create a collaborative sound sculpture.  

In case of inclement weather, check in the Museum Lobby for our indoor locations.

Stroller parking is available in the Lobby and Lower Level.  

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING

 

Hands-on maker stations explore sound, including playing with rhythm of words and creating your own instrument.

10 am–1 pm | Throughout the Museum and Plaza

 

Baby and Tot Sound Space 

10 am–1 pm | Throughout the Museum and Plaza

 

Sound Scene Programming 

All weekend | Throughout the Museum and Plaza

 


Do this at home! What can you create with sound? Explore sound experiments by artist Laurie Anderson, and then create your own sounds with different materials. Can you make cereal move without touching it? Can you make your voice travel? Can you feel a vibration? Create.

A clear square plastic container sits atop a teal green surface.


Join us again next month! Maker Morning is the Hirshhorn’s free series held on a select Saturday of each month that invites kids of all ages to experience contemporary art through interactive hands-on making activities. Each month, we’ll introduce you to new activities and ideas, focused on this year’s theme: Be Transformed. Drop in and explore the Museum through engaging interactives, kids tours, and more. Activities take place throughout the Museum and Plaza.

Art Cart: Found Sounds

Make some noise for a sound inspired Art Cart. Join us at this week’s Art Cart to investigate and play with sound. Then, make your own sound inspired collage.

Find the Art Cart on the Third Level and pick up noise-making materials.


Do this at home! Play a game inspired by Marcel Duchamp! Make your own noisemaker, with a secret noise inside. Instructions here.

A homemade noise maker constructed from an empty roll of toilet paper


ABOUT THE ART CART

Want to make art inspired by your favorite Hirshhorn works on view? The Art Cart offers young artists a hands-on maker experience during their visit to the Hirshhorn. Each week’s Art Cart offers a fresh and fun theme featuring an artwork on view, an artmaking activity to do at the Museum, and kids’ projects to extend the fun at home!

The Art Cart is free; no registration required. Drop in any Saturday between 10am–1pm.

Storytime: Collage with Sound

What can you create with sound? Join us for a reading of Sounds Around Town by Wendy Pfeffer, and a close-look and listen to the artworks Light Gray with Middle C (Variation #2) and Higher Resonance by Jennie C. Jones. We’ll practice collaboratively creating sounds and making our own found sound artworks. 

Meet in the Museum Lobby.


Do this at home! Explore sound experiments by artist Laurie Anderson, and then create your own sounds with different materials. Can you make cereal move without touching it? Can you make your voice travel? Can you feel a vibration? Instructions here.

A clear square plastic container sits atop a teal green surface.


ABOUT STORYTIME

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. An ASL Interpreter may be requested for this program; two weeks advance notice is appreciated. 

At this time, we cannot accommodate groups of 10 or larger at Storytime. Groups are encouraged to participate in Art Cart  or Maker Morning. Please contact HMSGeducation@si.edu in advance with your group information.

(CANCELED) Storytime: From Head to Toe

This event has been canceled due to the July 4 holiday.

 

What do you call an artwork that depicts a person? A portrait! Explore portraiture in this week’s Storytime. We’ll look closely at Fighting the Ism, by artist Deborah Roberts; read aloud From Head to Toe, by Eric Carle; and we’ll practice creating our own self-portraits to celebrate everything that makes us unique and special! 

Meet in the Museum Lobby on Level One.


Do this at home! What makes you who you are? Grab some paper, small objects, and scissors, and get ready to explore identity and create a collage self-portrait! Instructions here.

Three black and white photos printed onto regular printer paper sit fanned out on a wooden surface.


ABOUT STORYTIME

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. An ASL Interpreter may be requested for this program; two weeks advance notice is appreciated.

At this time, we cannot accommodate groups of 10 or larger at Storytime. Groups are encouraged to participate in Art Cart  or Maker Morning. Please contact HMSGeducation@si.edu in advance with your group information.