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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can my child attend the events by themselves?

    No. A parent (or a designated responsible adult) must be with his/her child at all times. Any unsupervised children will not be permitted to participate in any of the days' activities. In some cases, due to limited space, adults may be asked to wait just outside the activity room.

  • Can my child be denied participation?

    If a registered child is not wearing their TYCTWD ID badge and appropriate footwear, they will be denied access. Closed toed shoes must be worn by all to participate. Late arrivals may also be denied access at the discretion of the Program Sponsor.

  • My child is too old but wants to be involved. What should he/she do?

    Children 14 or older may volunteer to work at the Hub area. Click on the Registration Tab at the top of the page for more details.

  • How much do the events cost?

    TYCTWD activities are free of charge. The only costs are for lunch and swimming, if desired. Information on ticket sales for lunch and swimming will be provided via emails, and on the web site news page.

  • What goes on during the day?

    The day’s activities will include:

    • Scheduled sponsored Programs (requiring registration)
    • Hub Activities - Outside (entertainment, demonstrations, and lunch specials open to all registered attendees) 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Science Room and other indoor hub activities (hands-on experiments) 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Why is the Frederick Take Your Child to Work Day on a Different Day than the NIH Main Campus date?

    NCI at Frederick and Fort Detrick wanted to engage in outdoor activities for children as well as indoor. Having the event during summertime ensure the best time of year to plan outdoor activities. Additionally, given that the date of the NIH Main Campus TYCWD falls during the academic year, most members of our community thought it would be best to plan the Frederick event when children are out of school, so they are not taken out of academic study for a day during the school year.

  • What is Registration?

    Registration is the process of picking the sponsored programs ahead of time. Once registration is over, the programs will be assigned in a fair manner through an automated mathematical algorithm.

    Important Notes on Registration:

    • Since a maximum of three Programs are available to each child who registers, and the Programs are assigned by an automated system fair to all who register, it is recommended that you register your child for all Programs that interest him/her and are age appropriate. The more Programs you register for increases your chances to get three Programs for your child since many Programs can only accommodate a very small number of children.
    • Please do not enroll a child who is not within the grade range specified by the activity sponsor.
    • Please share web access with your colleagues who do not have easy access to a computer.
    • If you experience difficulty using the registration form, contact us by sending an email to tyctwd@mail.nih.gov .
    • If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours you are not registered and need to contact the webmaster by sending an email to ncifwebmaster@nih.gov.
  • What if I want to register multiple children separately?

    If you only have one adult available to supervise your children on the day of the event, then you should register all children as a single group under the one “chaperone” so Programs appropriate for all of their ages will be made available to you.

    If you have more than one adult available to supervise your children, and you would like to register them separately, you may do so by registering adding multiple chaperones when registering your children. Each chaperone will be treated as a separate group, enabling the different groups to attend different Programs.

  • What should my kids wear?

    For safety reasons, please do NOT wear sandals or other open-toed shoes. Sneakers or athletic shoes are recommended. Anyone wearing open-toed shoes will NOT be permitted into laboratories, shops areas, and other facilities where safety is an issue. Be mindful of the weather. Sun block as well as umbrellas and slickers in case of rain are recommended.