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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.

  2. Review the Terms of Service, 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 years, you will still need to re-enter this information. In order to preserve the privacy of our customers, we have removed all unnecessary 2020 pre-registration data concerning your adventurers. If you have not previously pre-registered your child, please do so before our programs go on sale.

  4. Review our Adventuring 101 guide.

  5. Browse our selection of online adventures.

    Be prepared and plan which online adventures you want to purchase in advance by browsing our 2020 Smithsonian Virtual Adventures.

  6. Become a member or renew your support, save big, and get early access to registration!

    Join at the Contributor level ($300) or above to:
    • register early, before registration opens to any other groups
    Join at the Associate, Champion, Promotor, or Advocate level to:
    • register before registration opens to the general public

Registration Sales Schedule

Fall Virtual Adventures registration begins September 9-11, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Registration is online only

September 9: Registration opens to current Smithsonian Associates members at Contributor ($300) level and above and 2020 Summer Adventure registrants.

September 10: Registration opens to all current Smithsonian Associates members, Smithsonian staff, and select partners.

September 11: Registration opens to the general public.

Session Registration

In order to have a minor 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.
Review the Terms of Service, Privacy Statement, and the Smithsonian Kids Online Privacy Statement.

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.

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

No refunds will be given for online programs unless Smithsonian Associates is unable to deliver the program. Once the session has begun, there are no partial refunds for participants who do not complete, or who only partially participate during the sessions.

View complete cancellation policy

Dependent Care Tax Credit

Please check with current Per IRS guidelines for virtual care. The cost of your Adventures may count as an expense toward child and dependent care credit. For those who qualify, a receipt can be issued in the name of the person who paid for the Adventure. For more information on the IRS rules, visit the IRS web site.