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American Indian Museum Opens Family Activity Center

By June 27, 2012

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian has expanded its programming for kids by opening its imagiNATIONS Activity Center, which offers bilingual learning tools and hands-on activities highlighting the diversity, history, culture and contributions of tribes across the Western Hemisphere. It features interactive games, storytelling programs and craft workshops in a sunny, 5,400-square-foot space lined with a wall of windows offering a stunning view of the U.S. Capitol Building and the National Mall.

Activity Highlights
  • Explore traditional Native dwellings by wandering through an Amazonian stilt house, building an iglu, sitting inside a 16-foot-tall tipi or marveling at a life-size adobe house.

  • Compete against family and friends in an interactive quiz show that tests your knowledge of Native history, culture and customs.

  • Experience different modes of indigenous transportation and sport through kayaking, snowshoeing and skateboarding activities.

  • Weave a giant basket and learn about basket-weaving's history, uses and variety of styles.

  • Appreciate the diversity and sovereignty of Indian Country through a passport program that uses official tribal seals from North, South and Central America.

  • Meet the "Three Sisters" in the museum's Chickahominy gardening exercise and learn why tribes plant crops together.
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