placita mágica exhibit opening

Join us for the grand opening of our 50th Anniversary exhibit Placita Mágicaan immersive experience celebrating Mexican culture through the lens of science, technology, arts, and math. In Mexico, plazas function as gathering spots where communities come together. At Placita Mágica, we gather, celebrate, and play! Purchase tickets to the june 29, 2024, exhibit grand opening here.

Explore Mexican traditions with special programming happening throughout the day!

  • 9:30 – 10 am

from cacao to cocoa | follow the journey of the cacao bean from harvest to hot chocolate

  • 11 am – 12 pm

marigold making | create your own marigold design and help us fill our community garden

  • 2 – 3 pm

shadow play | explore light, shadows, and storytelling using cardboard papel picado, colored flashlights, and other materials

  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm

papel picado | design and create your own papel picado to take home or display in the Museum


Placita Mágica is sponsored by ABUELITA™ and developed in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, DC. Placita Mágica is partially supported through the District of Columbia Executive Office of the Mayor – Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.


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Jun 29 2024


9:30 am - 4:30 pm


National Children's Museum
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC