Bring your Pre-K and Kindergarten students to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum for an interactive program that combines story time and object exploration to help your students learn about and explore the world around them!
Listen, Look & Do! is an exciting program for preschool through kindergarten students that combines story time, object exploration, and a student-centered activity. Through multiple themes designed to meet the unique needs of your students and curriculum, students will read and discuss a story, facilitated by a museum educator (Listen). Then, they will explore different objects in the museum in order to make bigger connections between the selected theme and the world around them, and to the postal service (Look). Finally, students will apply what they’ve learned in a student-centered hands-on activity (Do).
The Listen, Look, & Do! available themes are:
- Community Helpers
Please indicate your choice upon registration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this program right for my students?
This program is designed for students at the preschool level, from Pk2 through Pk4. We can accommodate a maximum of two grade levels for a registered program, e.g. grades 1 and 2. We cannot accommodate a request for more than two grade levels, e.g. 4th-8th or kindergarten-4th. If your group is mixed grade levels more than two grades apart, please reach out to NPMEducation@si.edu to discuss a custom program.
We are pleased to be able to offer our student programs to homeschool groups as well as to traditional schools. Home-school groups must fit the same criteria as traditional school groups. Please consult the guidelines on this page to determine whether your homeschool group meets the requirements.
Number of students
The minimum number of students we can accommodate for this program is 10. The maximum number of students we can accommodate for this program is 25. If you would like to bring more than the maximum number, please schedule multiple times and/or dates for your visit.
Dates and Times
This in person program is offered Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Special requests for dates and times outside of our regularly scheduled programs are considered on a case-by-case basis. The National Postal Museum has the right to cancel or alter the program if your group is more than 20 minutes late. All programs will end at the designated time.
This program is 45 minutes long.
Adult chaperones are required for all student programs. Chaperones must remain with groups for the duration of the program. Failure to provide an adequate number of chaperones may result in the cancellation of a program. Due to space and safety concerns, excessive numbers of chaperones may not be able to participate in the program. The ratio of adults to students is as follows:
- Grades Pk-3: one adult per 5-8 students
- Grades 4-6: one adult per 10-12 students
- Grades 7-12: one adult per 15 students
Arrival at the museum
Entry into any Smithsonian Museum requires security screening. In order to ensure a prompt program, start, please aim to arrive 15 minutes in advance of the program start time. Please communicate to all chaperones and students that they will be subject to screening prior to their visit.
Food and Drink
The National Postal Museum does not sell any food or snacks. The Museum has limited eating space available for those that bring their lunches with them. Arrangements to eat on premises must be made with the Student and Teacher Programs Manager in advance of your visit. The Museum can hold backpacks and bag lunches throughout the duration of the program. The museum cannot guarantee space to eat for groups who do not arrange to eat on premises in advance. A small, designated eating area is available to the public during museum hours.
If your school is closed or on a two-hour delay, or if the federal government is closed or on a delayed opening, your program will be cancelled. The Museum will attempt to reschedule weather-related cancellations when possible.
If you need to cancel or reschedule a student program, please email the Student and Teacher Programs Manager at NPMEducation@si.eduNPMEducation@si.edu at least one week prior to the scheduled program. Please be aware that we may not be able to accommodate rescheduling requests because student programs fill up quickly. No-shows and/or frequent last-minute cancellations may result in the inability to reserve a guided program for your student group for the remainder of the academic year.
Request a Reservation!
You can request a reservation by submitting the registration form, linked below. Please be advised that submitting a registration form is only a request. Written confirmation (via email) from the museum constitutes a booking guarantee. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided on the form within one business week. Questions regarding your registration request should be directed to NPMEducation@si.edu.