Research shows that parents seek out opportunities to build lasting memories and experiences as a family at our museums. Yet few programs truly encourage children and their adult caretakers to learn and laugh together so everyone has a satisfying and meaningful visit connecting to the content. In this session, presenters will provide a series of easily implemented strategies to deeply engage families of all ages and skill levels during programs in any museum setting. Using active discussion starters, role play, and group collaboration,you will practice these techniques, imagine how to incorporate them at your site, and learn how to train your staff in these skills using broadly applicable tools and reflective practices.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights


  • Lauren McCormack
  • Lindsay Genshaft
  • Tim Porter