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*What does "Wakanheza" mean?

Wakanheza is the Dakota word for "child" and its closest English translation is "sacred being."

The practices and principles of Wakanheza are simple, but require a planned organizational approach.

> Workshop Toolkit

Find all the resources you will need to deliver a Supporting Parents in Public Workshop at your museum.

Learn more about the Wakanheza Project in the community including links to current news, articles and partner organizations.

Workshop Toolkit

Ready to host your own workshop?

If you are ready to bring Supporting Parents in Public to your organization, these tools will help you prepare and conduct a successful session.

The Implementation Guide will give you ideas and tips for bringing the project to your organization and keeping it going.

When you are ready to hold a Supporting Parents in Public workshop, the Facilitator’s Guide will take you through each part of the workshop step by step. Each workshop topic is explained with main points, discussion questions and facilitator notes. Worksheets and sample scenarios are included.

A PowerPoint presentation can help you to navigate your workshop. You can modify the sample presentation to include the discussion questions and activities that are most relevant to your organization.

For your convenience, here are quick links to key project worksheets:


“Confidence in difficult situations is what I see from our frontline employees and volunteers who have participated in a Wakanheza workshop. We want everyone who visits Minnesota Children's Museum to have a fun, positive experience, but we recognize that parenting in public can be stressful. The simple intervention techniques we learned through Wakanheza allow our staff to help when our visitors need it the most and turn negative experiences into positive ones."

– Jay Haapala, volunteer services manager at Minnesota Children's Museum

For more information about Supporting Parents in Public in a museum setting, please contact us.

Vickie VanNess
Visitor Services Manager


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