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The Family Room

Thursday from 3 pm ET

Join us in the Family Room! Every Thursday from 3-4 pm ET, MAEC, in collaboration with Turning the Page, leads educational workshops and engages with community partners to help families connect with each other and break down feelings of isolation during this exceptionally isolating time. Examples of partners we engage with during these sessions include museum educators and educational experts across a variety of disciplines.

Upcoming Events

July 16th - The Family Room Webinar

Learn how we are living history and ways we continue to create it with Dr. Chris Williams from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Full Steam Ahead to Summer!

Date of the event: July 09, 2020

Guests: Alecia Gabriel, Dr. Seth Shaffer and Mariela Puentes

Description - In this webinar we welcomed  Alecia Gabriel from Motor City S.T.E.A.M., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing STEAM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Art, Mathematics)-related educational programs and opportunities for minority and underprivileged students. Alecia Gabriel shared ways that families can have fun with science and math this summer by using everyday objects and materials. This webinar […]

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Healing through Art

Date of the event: June 25, 2020

Guests: Aselin Flowers,Dr. Kristin Carothers and Dr. Seth Shaffer

Description - In this webinar we were joined by Aselin Flowers from ArtReach at George Washington University, an organization that aspires to be a cornerstone for community engagement through visual art-based work. We tapped into our creative side through a live demonstration of mixed-media journaling facilitated by Aselin Flores. Also, in the Question Corner, child psychologists Dr. […]

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Play is Powerful: Playing with Everyday Materials

Date of the event: June 18, 2020

Guests: Patty Stine, Dr. Seth Shaffer, Dr. Karmen Rouland, and Mariela Puentes

Description - In this webinar we were joined by Patty Stine from Pure Play Every Day, a nonprofit organization that helps families cultivate unstructured, undirected free play as a way to develop problem-solving and emotional regulation skills. We accessed our inner children through a free play demo with instructive commentary from Patty Stine. Participants came away from […]

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Continuing the Conversation: Talking about Race and Social Justice with Children

Date of the event: June 11, 2020

Guests: Christine Platt, Dr. Kristin Carothers and Dr. Seth Shaffer

Description - In this webinar we were joined by Christine Platt, literacy advocate and passionate activist for social justice and policy reform. Ms. Platt read and discussed her children’s book, Trailblazers: Martin Luther King Jr. In the Question Corner, child psychologists Dr. Kristin Carothers and Dr. Seth Shaffer discussed age appropriate conversations to have with your children […]

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How Do We Talk to Kids About Race and Racism?

Date of the event: June 04, 2020

Guests: Dr. Carla Easter, Dr. Seth Shaffer, Dr. Karmen Rouland and Mariela Puentes

Description - The alarming events over the past weeks have raised a critical question for parents: how do we talk to kids about race and racism? This week on the Family Room we unpack this complex issue so you can help your child process what is going on. We were joined again by NIH’s Dr. Carla Easter, […]

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Learning Labs

Date of the event: May 28, 2020

Guests: Ann Caspari (NASM), Dr. Seth Shaffer, and Mariela Puentes

Description - This webinar featured Ann Caspari from the National Air and Space Museum who brought to life the museum’s Flights of Fancy and demonstrated how their Learning Labs can be recreated at home. The webinar continued with the Question Corner with child psychologist Dr. Seth Shaffer and education expert Mariela Puentes.

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Exploring Your Genes

Date of the event: May 21, 2020

Guests: Carla Easter, Dr. Seth Shaffer and Mariela Puentes

Description - This webinar featured Carla Easter on Exploring Your Genes and discussed how to explore the human genome with your family members. The webinar continued with the Question Corner with child psychologist Dr. Seth Shaffer and education expert Mariela Puentes.

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Maintaining Healthy Relationships

Date of the event: May 14, 2020

Guests: MJ, Dr. Seth Shaffer, and Mariela Puentes

Description - This webinar features segments by MJ from Little Friends for Peace, and the Question Corner with child psychologist Dr. Seth Shaffer and education expert Mariela Puentes. We discussed ways to build peace in your family, how to be kind to one another, and ways to solve problems without fighting.

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Parenting Resiliency During COVID-19

Date of the event: May 07, 2020

Guests: Dr. Seth Shaffer

Description - Dr. Seth Shaffer, a child psychologist, joined us to address the concerns that parents and families are feeling during these unprecedented, COVID-19 times.

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