At the Museum


Want to bring your family, pre-school class, or parent group to MOHAI? MiniMOHAI is perfect for anyone with young children ages 3-5 looking for a hands-on experience while visiting the galleries. Twice each month, the museum is transformed into an engaging play space for kids with six interactive pop-up exhibits set up around the building that include storybooks, dramatic play, sensory bins, and much more! Rotating themes connect the exhibit stations for a new big idea each month.

This program is free with regular admission and open to drop-ins, but groups of 10 or more should reserve in advance to ensure availability. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Youth Programs and Scheduling Coordinator, at  (206) 324-1126 x113.

  • Who: ages 3-5
  • When: the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 10:00am-1:00pm. 
  • Where: MOHAI's main galleries
  • Upcoming themes:
    • November & December - Going West

NOTE: Beginning in 2015 miniMOHAI will switch to a summer program, offered every Monday in July and August only, and will no longer be offered on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Outside of July and August, miniMOHAI can be scheduled as a group field trip program for Preschool, Kindergarten, and parents' groups upon request. Please visit for more information.


NEW! Exploration & Innovation Packs

Expanding on our popular Exploration Pack program, MOHAI now offers two different family gallery backpack themes to choose from! Each backpack is filled with activites, puzzles, creative play props, books, and more to help you and your child discover the museum together. MOHAI's original Exploration Packs are best suited to kids ages 3-7, inviting your child to become an explorer and helping them develop observation and inquiry skills while engaging with the museum in a hands-on way. Our new Innovation Packs are ideal for kids ages 7-10 and encourage your young museum visitor to look at history with an innovator's eye, with a focus on creative thinking and new ideas. Both packs are always free to borrow at MOHAI's front desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Who: ages 3-7 (Exploration Packs) and 7-10 (Innovation Packs)
  • When: every day during regular museum hours
  • Where: at MOHAI's main admission desk


Free First Thursdays

On the first Thursday of each month, MOHAI’s education team hosts drop-in crafts and kids’ activities to expand upon our award-winning exhibits. Admission is always free to all members of the public on Free First Thursday, and all ages are welcome!

  • Who: all ages
  • When: the first Thursday of each month, 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Where: MOHAI's main galleries