KID Museum inspires the next generation of innovators by giving them the tools, mentoring, and space to bring their ideas to life. Hands-on programming promotes creativity and STEM learning – as well as persistence, resourcefulness and collaboration – all essential skills for future success. Since late 2014, more than 10,000 people have visited this creative “makerspace” as part of a school program, group visit, or drop-in activity. Every day, kids explore a range of 21st-century tools and materials, including 3D printers, a woodworking shop, an electronics lab, and an animation studio. Designed for ages 6-14 (when creativity levels sharply decline), hands-on activities integrate art and world cultures, sparking imagination and a sense of global citizenship. Alongside professional educators, teaching artists, and scientists, trained high school “apprentices” lead the programs and serve as role models for the next generation of creative thinkers. Each year, an additional 30,000 people attend KID Museum’s free community festivals and outreach events. Your support brings science, technology, and culture to life: a powerful gift for us all.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; Bethesda, MD; Silver Spring, MD; Rockville, MD; Wheaton, MD

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Aidan Montessori School; Alef Bet Montessori Elementary School; Argyle MS; Bannockburn ES; Barrie School; Bethesda ES; Bradley Hills ES; Bullis School; Burning Tree ES; Children's Manor Montessori School of Germantown; Children's Manor Montessori School of Rockville; City Kids Homeschool Group; Classical Conversations Bethesda Homeschool Group; Colonel E Brooke Lee MS; DC Scholars Public Charter School; Delaware Technical Community College ; DuFief ES; Einstein HS; Elizabeth Seton HS ; Evergreen Montessori; Fallsmead ES; Forest Oak MS; Gaithersburg ES ; Georgetown Day School; Green Acres School; Ivymont School; Jewish Primary Day School; Langley ES ; Living Grace Christian School; Loiderman MSHS; Loudoun Country Day School; Mason Crest ES; Maury ES; Montessori School of Alexandria; Montgomery College ; Montgomery Village MS; Neelsville MS; Norwood School; Nur Montessori; Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School; Oyster-Adams Bilingual School; Parkland MS; Pinnacle Academy; Primary Day School; Rock View ES; Rolling Terrace ES ; Sidwell Friends; St. Bartholomew School; St. Patrick's School; The Howard Gardner School; The River School; The Siena School; The Summit School; Tyler ES; Washington Episcopal School; Watkins ES; Westland MS; Westminster School; Whole Kids Academy

  • Number of children served annually:   13,000
  • Number of classes, workshops, special events, and open explore days held annually:   500
  • Number of high school students trained as mentors and apprentices:   130

Awards & Recognition

Named “Best New Creative Zone in DC” by Washingtonian Magazine
Recognized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics


  • 7 ways to foster kids' confidence and creativity with maker learning
    Mon Oct 24 2016, Washington Post  
    [Juan Carlos's] focus and his confidence in his abilities expanded as he learned to code and use a 3-D printer at the KID Museum.

Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for KID Museum is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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