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Especially for Me


2016 Schedule of Free Events

Events are FREE, but pre-registration is required. Registration links are clickable below as registration for each event becomes available.

These programs are offered with the support of

Free Evenings for Families with Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (5:00pm to 8:30pm, unless otherwise noted)

During our Free Evenings for Families of Children with an ASD, the Museums are closed to the public so families may explore with others with similar needs.  Museum staff can usually direct visitors to a quiet space in each building for children that may need to take a break from stimulation. Food, including gluten-free options, is generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton.

  • Saturday, February 6
  • Friday, March 18
  • Saturday, April 16
  • Sunday, May 22, 3:30pm - 7:00pm (This event will overlap with public hours from 3:30pm - 4:30pm.)
  • Saturday, July 9 >>Register Now
  • Sunday, August 14, 3:30pm - 7:00pm (This event will overlap with public hours from 3:30pm - 4:30pm.)
  • Saturday, October 15 
  • Saturday, December 3

 

Free ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Friendly Afternoons (select Tuesdays from 1:30pm - 4:30pm)

During ASD Friendly Afternoons, no school groups or birthday parties are scheduled, in order to avoid overcrowding and support accessibility of exhibits. A dedicated room is available to welcome families with a child with an ASD to orient them to the campus and programs, and provide a quiet space for children needing a break from the stimulation of the museums.

  • January 5
  • February 2
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May 3
  • June 7
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 6

Mornings for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants and Toddlers  (Mondays from 9:30am to 12:30pm)

Free Mornings for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants and Toddlers are held at the Children’s Discovery Museum on scheduled Monday mornings, when the Museums are closed to the public. This program is offered in conjunction with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Boston Children's Hospital; ASL interpreters will be on site.

  • Monday, February 1
  • Monday, September 29

 

Free Evenings for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children  (5:00pm to 8:30pm)

Free Evenings for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children are on scheduled evenings when the Museums are closed to the public. This program is offered in conjunction with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Boston Children's Hospital. ASL Interpreters will be on site, and food, including gluten-free options, is generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton.

  • Saturday, January 23
  • Saturday, April 2
  • Saturday, July 30 >>Register Now
  • Saturday, November 5

 

Evenings for Families of Children with a Visual Impairment  (5:00pm to 8:30pm)

  • Saturday, May 7
  • Saturday, November 19

And the local cultural councils of

Acton-Boxborough, Ayer, Billerica, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Clinton, Concord, Harvard, Hudson, Lexington, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Medway, Newton, Southborough, Sterling, Stow, Tewksbury, Townsend, Waltham, Wayland and Weston.

 

 

At evening events, food (including gluten-free options) is generously provided by