Previous Webinars

Funding Humanities for Kids

Tuesday, February 21 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been a proud supporter of children's museums for many years. But what exactly are the humanities? And how can children's museums create robust humanities-based programming and write successful applications for NEH funding? In this webinar, hear from NEH staff on exciting grant opportunities and from staff at Boston Children's Museum, recent recipient of an NEH grant, with tips for writing successful proposals. 

Peter Fristedt, PhD, Senior Program Officer, Division of Public Programs, NEH
Leslie Swartz, Senior Vice President of Research and Program Planning, Boston Children's Museum

Watch the webinar recording. The webinar slides are available in the ACM Member Resource Library. For access, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Membership Manager.  

Small Museums, Big Presence

Tuesday, January 31 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Best of InterActivity 2016
One of a museum's most valuable assets is its presence in the community. Learn from peers how three museums leveraged collaborations and tackled issues of limited resources, poor community standing, and visibility by working toward common goals with other organizations.

Audrey Dean, Executive Director, Kids 'N' Stuff Children's Museum
Caitlyn Jennings, Community Outreach Specialist, Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent
Kathy Parham, Executive Director, The Children's Playhouse

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Getting Dads in the Door

Monday, December 12 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Parent involvement is a key concern among children's museums, but that's only part of the story. How can chilren's museums encourage and support fathers in new ways? Over the past ten years, research shows that fathers have increased their involvement in their children's lives. Pediatrians Michael Yogman, MD, and Craig Garfied, MD will provide an overview of their recent clinical report on father involvement for the Academy of Pediatricians. Tim Porter at Boston Children's Museum will discuss opportunities to involve and support fathers in the museum visit and beyond.

Michael Yogman, MD, FAAP, Harvard Medical School and American Academy of Pediatrics;
Craig Garfield, MD, FAAP, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Tim Porter, Project Director, Boston Children's Museum

Watch the webinar recording and read Tim Porter's blog, The Power of Play, especially his Dadding entries.

Inviting Whole Families to Play

Wednesday, November 30 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST

Best of InterActivity 2016
It is often difficult for families with both typical kids and kids with special needs to find places where the whole family can play together. Children want to join their siblings, cousins, and friends with unique abilities, but co-play can be a challenge for families whose children (or adults) have diverse skill sets and levels of independence. Webinar speakers will discuss the efforts their organizations have made toward full-family inclusion—through mission, exhibit design, programming, or all three—to ensure that all kids in the family can play and learn, and that they can do it together. Through this webinar, learn strategies to expand your museum's reach and make an even greater impact on the full range of families in your community.

Alissa Rupp, AIA AP BD+C, President & CEO, The Portico Group
Kelley Fitzsimmons, Director of Education & Programs, Children's Museum of Phoenix
Melanie Martin, Early Childhood Specialist, Children's Museum of Phoenix
Tamara Kaldor, Assistant Director, TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson Institute
Liz Bullard, Executive Director, Seattle Children's PlayGarden

Watch the webinar recording and download the Resource List.

Launching a Satellite Location: Is It Right for You?

Tuesday, October 25 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Michael Luria, Executive Director, Children's Museum Tucson/Oro Valley
Lucy Ofiesh, Executive Vice President, Brooklyn Children's Museum
Shannon Venable, President & CEO, Children's Museum of Richmond

Many children's museums have adopted the library approach to expansion: adding branches or satellite locations to expand the museum's reach, but what does it take to plan for success while spreading resources across multiple locations? A panel of children's museums with satellite locations discuss their decision making and planning processes as well as lessons learned.

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Fast and Flexible Evaluation Methods for Exhibits and Programs

Tuesday, August 30 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Susan Foutz, Director of Research and Evaluation, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Melissa Pederson, Exhibit Developer, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

This webinar demonstrates techniques for gathering useful data while engaging visitors. Learn how to select a technique that matches the project's evaluation
needs and place data collection within the larger framework of planning an evaluation. Highlighted methods include feedback walls, card sorts, sticker voting, fist-to-five, and two stars and a wish.

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Writing a Compelling Session Proposal for InterActivity 2017

Tuesday, June 28 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Michael Shanklin, Chief Executive Officer, Kidspace Children's Museum (the InterActivity 2017 host museum)
Vito Gioia, Jr., Co-Chair, InterActivity 2017 Program Committee, and Director of Visitor Experience, Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago,
Victoria Garvin, Association of Children's Museums

Explore the InterActivity 2017 conference theme—Fun is Serious Business—and get tips for writing a strong session proposal. You'll also learn more about how the Program Committee evaluates the proposals and what to expect when with a review of the process timeline.

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Preschool Science Learning: The Impact of PEEP and the Big Wide World

Tuesday, May 24 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Gay Mohrbacher, Educational Outreach Manager, WGBH Boston
Wendy Brenneman, Manager of Early Childhood STEM Initiatives, Carnegie Science Center
Kathy Kennedy, Early Childhood Coordinator, EcoTarium

Learn about the National Science Foundation-sponsored STEM series on public television, PEEP and the Big Wide World, and discover how museums are using its free, bilingual resources both onsite and in community outreach. Millions of English and Spanish-speaking families have embraced the TV show and this webinar will help your museum capitalize on the initiative.

Watch the webinar recording (webinar begins at about 16.0) and download the resource list.

Evaluation Basics: A Primer

Tuesday, April 19 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

Sarah Cohn, Association Manager, Visitor Studies Association

Learn the basics of evaluation in museums, from the fundamentals of what, how, why, and when you might consider implementing an evaluation to the differences between evaluation and research. With plenty of time for questions and discussion, you will receive a list of online resources and supporting organizations and hear about how and where you might see evaluation in action at InterActivity 2016.

Watch the webinar recording and download the resources list.

How Much Do We Know About Young Children and Technology? (And What Do We Need to Know?)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 • 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

Chip Donohue, PhD, Director, TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson Institute and Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education at Erikson InstituteTamara Kaldor, Assistant Director, TEC Center at Erikson Institute

Understanding how children learn, grow, and develop is crucial for understanding how children learn from and interact with technology. Learn more about the roles played by physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development in children's interactions with technology. You'll hear the latest research and practical tips from the TEC Center team about how you can effectively integrate technology into your programming with children and families. Among the highlights: key "museum educator takeaways" aligned with the NAEYC-Fred Rogers Center position statement on technology and young children to aid in your planning and practice. The American Academy of Pediatrics will be releasing their new screen time guidelines this Fall and reshaping how we think about technology use with young children. Come ready to share your experiences in this highly interactive webinar. We will take a deep dive with Tamara and Chip for thirty minutes and then jump to a thirty-minute conversation and question-and-answer period. 

This webinar is available to download for $15. To purchase, call ACM at 703.224.3100 with a credit card ready for payment.

New Museum Leader Meet and Greet

January 19, 2016

Members, if you missed this virtual meet and greet and wish to welcome a new museum CEO in your region, let us know and we'll connect you. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ACM Introduces the Eco Boys and Girls and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with Sustainable Development Solutions Network-Youth Webinar

November 23, 2015

Watch the webinar recording to learn about the Eco Boys and Girls & SDGs Program. Visit theACM webpage to join the movement and tap into resources for your museum.


Kathy Zhang, Communications Associate, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Maria Synder, Creator and Founder, Eco Boys and Girls®

Idea Exchange: Nuturing Social Skills Development in Children's Museums

November 3, 2015

Watch the webinar recording to learn more about prosocial skills and ideas for exhibits and programming that nuture these skills. The webinar conversation starters include: Kimberly Kuta Dring, Director of Learning and Experience at Stepping Stones Museum for Children, and Stephanie Eddleman, Early Childhood Specialist, Playscape, at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Share the recording and the slide deck with your colleagues.

How Much Do Early Social Skills Matter? (Hint: More Than We Thought.)

September 29, 2015

Watch the webinar recording and learn about about a new 20-year research project showing how early social skills impact children's well-being as they get older. Hear directly from the study team about what specific skills and factors matter most. The webinar includes examples of ways to apply the social competence research as well as answers to questions posed by attendees.


Study authors Damon Jones, PhD, and Max Crowley, PhD, from Pennsylvania State University and Kristin Schubert, Director of Strengthening Families program at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation who funded the study.

Learn More

More information is available on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website.


ACM and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation encourages the children's museum field to share the study report, the webinar recording, and the webinar slide deck with your colleagues, teachers, parents, community partners, and funders.