Families of all shapes and sizes are visiting our institutions in record numbers. “Family” programs are all the rage. All too often, these become programs for kids while adults talk on their cell phones or simply take photos. How can we attract adults, maintain their interest, and include them as equal participants in our family programs? What are the best practices for successfully training staff, designing programs, and facilitating activities that engage an intergenerational audience?
Presenters from Boston Children’s Museum and the USS Constitution Museum, along with renowned author and Professor of Free-Choice Learning Lynn Dierking, share the latest resources available and get you brainstorming ideas to help you engage families.
Filmed March 25, 2015 at the USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA.
Family Learning Project
Anne Grimes Rand, President, USS Constitution Museum
Learning Together: Families in Museums – Staff Training Curriculum
Tim Porter, Author of Learning Together: Families in Museums – Staff Training Curriculum, Boston Children’s Museum
Lessons Learned from a Summer of Family Programming
Sarah Watkins, Lauren McCormack, Adriana Maksy, Engage Families Project Team, USS Constitution Museum
Being of Value to Families
Lynn D. Dierking, Sea Grant Professor in Free-Choice Learning, Oregon State University