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How to Register

To ensure you have the smoothest registration experience when our online adventures go on sale, you can do the following at any time:

  1. Create an account if you do not already have one.

    Individual program information will be sent to the email address listed on your profile one week prior to your first day of individual sessions. Please make sure your email address and domestic (US) phone number are entered correctly and/or updated as necessary.

    If you are planning to purchase an Adventure as a gift, we strongly encourage you to purchase a gift certificate instead so the child’s legal guardian can make the purchase.  Please visit our Adventuring 101 page for more information on this process.

  2. Review the Terms of Use, Privacy Statement, and the Smithsonian Kids Online Privacy Statement.

  3. Pre-register your adventurers.

    Save your adventurer's grade level, parent/guardian contact information, photo permissions ahead of time. This information is required to purchase Smithsonian Virtual Adventures, and having it completed in advance will help get you through the checkout process much quicker.

    Please Note: This information is disposed of at the end of Smithsonian Virtual Adventures. If your adventurer has attended in previous seasons, you will still need to re-enter this information.

  4. Review our Adventuring 101 guide.

  5. Browse our selection of online adventures.

  6. Become a member or renew your support to save!

Registration Sales Schedule

Fall and Winter Virtual Adventures registration opens Tuesday, October 12 at 10 a.m. ET.

Registration is online only and will close two weeks prior to the start of each Adventure.

Session Registration

In order for a minor to participate in Smithsonian Virtual Adventures, a parent or legal guardian must complete and sign a waiver for each adventurer they are registering during the checkout process.

Register Online

  • Smithsonian Virtual Adventures registration will be available online only.

To expedite the registration process and to ensure you pay the correct rate, please verify your login information and membership status prior to registration day. If you are purchasing a membership at the same time as registration, please purchase the membership first, in a separate transaction. You will then need to log out and log back in to access member prices.

When you receive your email confirmation, please make sure that all the information about your child has been recorded accurately. Please print and save your e-mail confirmation, as no ticket will be mailed.

If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation, please notify Smithsonian Associates staff at
Important: If your payment cannot be immediately processed, keep the items in your cart and remain active on the site until your order goes through.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be given on a case-by-case basis, and only up until four weeks prior to the first date of the Adventure. Once it has begun, there are no partial refunds for registrants who do not complete or who partially participate in the session. Credits to your account may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Dependent Care Tax Credit / FSA Expense

Please check with current IRS guidelines regarding tax credit for virtual care. Tuition for Smithsonian Virtual Summer Adventures may be an eligible expense under Dependent Care FSA as long as the child is under the age of 13 and a proper receipt is provided. Please check with your FSA provider to confirm. For those who qualify, a receipt can be issued in the name of the person who paid for the Adventure.