The Minnesota Children’s Museum’s focus, like many children’s museums, is all about play. However, the Museum provides a unique approach to play in museums through their PlayLENS. This framework guides adults in supporting their child’s play with a clear call to action. The Museum’s Successful People Play movement seeks to show that successful adults know […]
This practical guide outlines various ways professionals can develop their programs, exhibits, and general museum atmosphere to best engage the public. Using examples mostly from the UK and Canada, Graham Black offers a synthesis of best practices and research to date, as well as case studies and infographics to illustrate his points.
This report, published by the Denver Art Museum, details the Museum’s process of creating new experiences for children and their caregivers by increasing the Museum’s relevance and providing opportunities for family participation.
Watch as renowned author and Professor of Free-Choice Learning, Lynn Dierking, discusses how families interact with museums and libraries and how we can facilitate free-choice learning. She identifies the family as a learning institution and details the implications for programming in museums and libraries along with exemplars of how other institutions have taken steps to improve family […]
The Adult Child Interaction Inventory (ACII) was the product of a three-year NSF-funded research project that aimed to better understand the non-verbal and verbal interactions between adults and preschool children in museums during STEM programs.
Lynn Dierking, Sea Grant Professor in Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University, speaks about the significance of family learning in our society and how museums can benefit by targeting family visitors.
Lynn Dierking, Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University, describes family learning and how it looks in different families and at different times in the family life cycle. Dierking makes a case for importance of cultural institutions in supporting family learning. This page includes an article and video presentation. Laughing and Learning Together: […]