February 28 and March 1 and 5, 2013
9:45 a.m.–2 p.m.
Take your class on a flight of fancy at the National Museum of Play®. Make fairy-tale costumes and a magical craft as you prepare to go to the Fairy-Tale Ball! Take an imaginary carpet ride with our storyteller. You’ll leave happily ever after.
Themed visits give students a chance to experience the museum in new ways. Activities begin at 9:45 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., but classes may arrive and depart at anytime during that period.
Before your visit
- Divide students into groups of 5 or fewer and assign each group a chaperon.
- Discuss field trip expectations and lunch plans with chaperons and students.
- Role-play museum etiquette with students.
- Encourage students and chaperons wear costumes during the visit fitting the fairy tale theme.
During your Theme Day experience
- Museum educators will greet you with activity guides and maps.
- Exciting, theme-related activity stations will be staffed by museum educators.
- Students and chaperons will enjoy free exploration time throughout the museum. Students and chaperons must stay together throughout the visit.
Classroom activities to enhance your Theme Day experience
- Read popular fairy tales out loud to your class to familiarize students with characters, settings, and themes.
- Have students imagine what a fairy-tale ball might look like, including what people might wear and be doing. Ask them to illustrate their ideas on paper with markers or crayons.
- As a group, have students write a short fairy-tale ball story.
- After your visit, discuss the trip with students. Ask students what their favorite activities were from the day and list them on the blackboard. Have students vote for the one activity they liked best and make a graph listing which activities students preferred.