Activities to Do at Home | The DoSeum - Ask A DOer


The DoSeum is a place where interactive fun and hands-on learning come together—a place where minds are always at play.  During your visit, our exhibits, programs, and classes will encourage young minds to explore the joy of learning through connections to STEM, the arts, and literacy, but curiosity and exploration don't have to end when you leave!

Explore our DIY Activities, Storytimes, and other family resources that were created for you to DO at home and stay connected with your family while keeping minds at play in between your visits!


Category: Ask A DOer

Why Do Cat's Eyes Shine At Night?

Come across a cat at night and you may be surprised to see them staring at you with glowing eyes, but see the same cat during the day and their eyes are not glowing — why? Join us for Ask A Doer and we’ll explore Livija’s question: Why do cats' eyes glow green at night?    Terms You’ve Learned:  Eye Shine: The reflection of light from the inner surface of an eye through the pupil  Nocturnal: An animal behavior characterized by being ... Read More
at Friday, October 16, 2020

How Does Dyslexia Make You A Better Poet

Dyslexia affects as much as 20% of the world’s population. Although Dyslexia is labeled as a learning disability, it can be seen as a different way of thinking and providing creative advantages.  For this Ask A DOer, we feature special guest, LeDerick Horne, a performance poet, a national advocate for people living with learning disabilities, and our 2020 Outside The Lunchbox Luncheon @Home keynote speaker!  His question comes from Morgan, ... Read More
at Saturday, September 12, 2020

How Do Airplanes Fly?

Airplanes help us travel, transport mail, and can even be flown for fun! Our friend, Dre’ven, wants to know: How Do Planes Fly? Join us for Ask A Doer where Kelsie will explore how planes fly! Terms You’ve Learned Thrust – The force that propels an airplane or rocket forward. Drag – The force acting opposite to the thrust Gravity – The force by which a planet or other body draws objects toward its center.  Lift – The force acting opposite to gra... Read More
at Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Why Do We Remember Things?

Have you ever had a song you just can’t get out of your head? Or wonder why you can remember that a bee may sting you if you get too close? Nic has been wondering the same thing and asked Clint, our DOer this week: Why Do We Remember Things?  Join us for Ask A DOer as Clint explores why do we remember things.  Is there a question your kids want as a DOer? Send your kids' questions to for a chance to be featured in our Ask A DOe... Read More
at Friday, August 7, 2020

How Do Fireworks Work?

  If you look up to the night sky on New Year's Eve and The Fourth of July you are sure to catch a brilliant show of light and color from fireworks!  Our friend Mason wants to know: How do fireworks work?  Join Alexis as she explores that even though fireworks come in many different sizes and colors they all work similarly in this Ask A DOer.  This year our celebrations may look a little different, but the important thing is to stay safe and avoid large gathering... Read More
at Saturday, July 4, 2020

Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

You hear mosquitos buzzing around all summer, tagging along with our summer outdoor adventures, but Colt wants to know: Why do mosquito bites itch? Grab your mosquito net and citronella candle to explore why mosquito bites are itchy with Dr. Richard in Ask A Doer! Terms You’ve Learned Diptera  - Group of insects that includes flies, mosquitos, gnats, and midges. Histamine – A compound involved in the body’s response to injury and allergic reactions that causes swel... Read More
at Friday, June 26, 2020

Why Do Horses Sleep Standing Up?

We know animals have to sleep but not all animals experience sleep in the same way humans do!  This week Lillie wants to know, Why Do Horses Sleep Standing Up? Join Alexis in this week’s Ask A DOer as she explores why horses sometimes sleep standing up. Terms You’ve Learned: Herbivores - Animals that eat plants—such as lemmings, deer, elephants, and zebras—are called herbivores.  Polyphasic Sleeping – sleeping 2 or more... Read More
at Saturday, May 30, 2020

How Does Sound Travel?

Sound is all around us and helps us navigate our lives every day, but Myla wants to know, “How does sound travel?” Join Dr. Richard on this week’s Ask A Doer as he explores just how sound travels—from bird songs to bell rings—and if it’s possible to make sound in space! Terms You’ve Learned: Vibration – rapid movement back and forth or up and down. Sound Wave – a wave formed by a vibrating object Acoustics – the ... Read More
at Friday, May 15, 2020

What Makes A Volcano Erupt?

Volcanoes help form new land masses and can be found all over the world, including Antarctica – but Janszen wants to know what makes a volcano erupt? In this week’s Ask A DOer Dr. Richard will travel into the different layers of the Earth to explain how volcanoes erupt and where the lava that you see comes from.  Terms You’ve Learned: Volcano - A volcano is an opening in Earth’s crust where hot gases and melted rock from deep within Earth... Read More
at Friday, May 8, 2020

Why Do We Have 5 Fingers On Each Hand and 5 Toes On Each Foot?

In this week’s Ask A Doer Dr. Richard explores Inigo’s question: Why do we have 5 fingers on each hand and 5 toes on each foot? Jumping into human evolution, we will find why we didn’t evolve to have 2 fingers or even 8 fingers on each hand! Terms You’ve Learned:  Vertebrate – A vertebrate is an animal with a backbone. Fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, including humans, are all vertebrates. Digits – A finger, thumb, or toe of land ... Read More
at Friday, May 1, 2020

What Was The Biggest Dinosaur?

The fossils we find today tell us that many dinosaurs were big — some were as big as or even bigger than a school bus!  Our friend Elliot asked Dr. Richard, our very own paleontologist: What was the biggest dinosaur?  Join Dr. Richard in this week’s Ask A Doer as he steps back to the Cretaceous Period to find the biggest dinosaurs — the location of where we’ve found their fossils may surprise you! Terms You’ve Learned: Dinosaur - Dinosaurs... Read More
at Friday, April 24, 2020

Why Can We Sometimes See The Moon During The Day?

The Moon brings us light at night, affects the ocean's tides, and is visible almost every night, but why can we sometimes see the Moon during the day?  Dr. Richard will explore Cayden’s question in this week’s Ask A Doer!  Grab your space suit and join us before we blast off into space and answer: How come you can sometimes see the moon during the day?    Terms You’ve Learned: Diameter – The length of a straight line passing through the ce... Read More
at Thursday, April 16, 2020

How Does Hand Sanitizer Work?

In this week's Ask A DOer, Dr. Richard explores David's question, “How does hand sanitizer work?” Diving into the microenvironment of germs Dr. Richard explains what germs are, how hand sanitizer helps protect us from germs, and most importantly whether you need to wash your hands even if you use hand sanitizer. Buckle up as we journey to the very small world of germs!  Terms You've Learned:  Germs (n.) - A germ is a tin... Read More
at Friday, April 10, 2020

What Color are Zebra Stripes?

This week's Ask A DOer question comes from Raina, 5, and she asked Dr. Richard an age-old question we have all wondered.  Are zebras black with white stripes or white with black stripes?  Join Dr. Richard as he explores zebras and what produces their stripe color! Terms you've learned: Mammal (n.) - A mammal is a warm-blooded animal that has a backbone, drinks their mom’s milk, and grows hair. Mammals first appeared on Earth more than 200 million years ago, al... Read More
at Friday, April 3, 2020

Ask A Doer: Meet Dr. Richard

Ever wondered why birds of a feather flock together or why tigers have stripes? Send us your child's science or nature-based question and we may feature them in our NEW video series, "Ask a Doer"!  Videos will be posted on our social channels and website.   To submit your child's question, follow the instructions below: Video submission:  Email us a video of your child's question along with their age and first name to fe... Read More
at Monday, March 30, 2020

What is Coronavirus?

  The DoSeum: Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring Coronavirus... Encourage your kids' curiosity by exploring facts and prevention methods of coronavirus with them! Who knows they may be a budding Virologist or Immunologist! ✒️ : Malaka Gharib at NPR Use the below links to continue the open and supportive discussion with your child about COVID-19. Read More
at Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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