Feb 29

Job: Volunteer with National Children’s Museum at the Cherry Blossom Fest (DC)

Via JETAADC. Posted by Dipika Soni (Ishikawa-ken, 2003-06). Dipika has recently moved back to London but is interested in hearing about any Japan-related opportunities across the globe.


Job Position: Volunteer with National Children’s Museum at the Cherry Blossom Fest (DC)

Job Details:

To the JET community,

I volunteered with the National Children’s Museum last year during the Cherry Blossom Festival and it was a BLAST!!! We dressed children in yukata and kimono and let them take a picture. Most of them really enjoyed it and they were all so adorable! I’d highly recommend this experience! Details follow, but feel free to email me if you have any questions.


The National Children’s Museum invites JET Alumni to come out and volunteer again this year on March 24 and 25, 2012. Volunteers will interact with children and families in our Japanese dress up area by helping visitors try on traditional yukata. Individuals should contact Lisa Marie Ryder (lmryder@ncm.museum) to confirm their participation as a volunteer.

2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival
Family Days & Opening Ceremony

National Children’s Museum Volunteer Information

General Info

Dates of Event: Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, 2012

Location: National Building Museum
Address: 401 F Street, NW WDC

Available shifts:

SATURDAY 9:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
SATURDAY 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SUNDAY 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
SUNDAY 12:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Key Information

1. There will be NO parking available at the National Building Museum. There are several parking garages available in the area (for directions/locations, go to http://www.nbm.org/Info/visit.html#directions). While there is metered parking in the area, they are restricted by two-hour limits and that is less than your volunteer shift. We highly suggest using Metro that day. The National Building Museum is directly across the street from the Judiciary Square Metro stop on the Red line.

2. Please bring photo identification for admittance into the National Building Museum.

3. For those volunteers working first thing in the morning (9:30/10:30 AM start), please enter through the 4th Street NW entrance (off the loading dock). All other doors to the Museum will remain closed and locked until 10:00/11:00 AM. Volunteers arriving for the 12:30 PM shift may enter the building through any entrance.

4. Upon arrival, NCM volunteers should report to Lisa Marie Ryder at the National Children’s Museum activity. If you have any problems, call Lisa Marie’s cell phone, 317.502.3075.

5. We suggest that you travel lightly. There will not be a secured room to store any valuables and as your duties that day could cover a range of tasks, you may want to be as unencumbered as possible without worrying about backpacks or purses or such. If you must bring a purse, I would suggest it be one that you can wear across your torso.

6. Please wear comfortable clothing and close toe shoes. You are also invited to wear apparel from Japan, if you wish. The National Children’s Museum will provide an apron that identifies you as an NCM volunteer. This will give you access to the break room and complimentary lunch.

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