April Programs

Wednesday, April 1

Celebrate NanoDays!

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
The Discovery Museums are partners in NanoDays™, a nationwide festival of hands-on educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Experiment with Kinetic Sand, use a pencil to create electricity, test out some Nano pants, discover colorful thin films, and more. Find the nano in your everyday life and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale. NanoDays activities were developed by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Thursday, April 2

Light It Up Blue – World Autism Awareness Day

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
With a diagnosis rate of 1 in 68, most people have family or friends that have been affected by autism. Stories and activities will focus on increasing autism awareness and celebrating the abilities of individuals with autism. Additionally, resources about early diagnosis and intervention will be available.

Celebrate NanoDays!

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
The Discovery Museums are partners in NanoDays™, a nationwide festival of hands-on educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Experiment with Kinetic Sand, use a pencil to create electricity, test out some Nano pants, discover colorful thin films, and more. Find the nano in your everyday life and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale. NanoDays activities were developed by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Friday, April 3 – Good Friday, Science Discovery Opens at 10:00am

Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette

9:30am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Explore sound through singing and playing. Move, make music, listen, learn, and get a multi-sensory workout! Music improves your child’s memory, cognitive development, learning skills, and ability to express emotion. Plus, it’s fun! Miss Bernadette is a professional musician, a licensed Kindermusik Educator, and serves as a faculty member at Indian Hill Music School.

Celebrate NanoDays!

Drop-in 11:00am-2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
The Discovery Museums are partners in NanoDays™, a nationwide festival of hands-on educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Experiment with Kinetic Sand, use a pencil to create electricity, test out some Nano pants, discover colorful thin films, and more. Find the nano in your everyday life and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale. NanoDays activities were developed by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) with funding from the National Science Foundation.

First Friday Nights Free!

4:30pm – 8:30pm Both Museums Open
Join us with free admission and explore the museums at night on the first Friday of every month!  We will gratefully accept food donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard and the Acton Food Pantry. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank with additional support from Emerson Hospital.

Saturday, April 4

Celebrate NanoDays!

Drop-in 11:00am-2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
The Discovery Museums are partners in NanoDays™, a nationwide festival of hands-on educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Experiment with Kinetic Sand, use a pencil to create electricity, test out some Nano pants, discover colorful thin films, and more. Find the nano in your everyday life and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale. NanoDays activities were developed by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Sunday, April 5 – Easter Sunday, Both Museums CLOSED

Tuesday, April 7

Brain Building in Progress Week!

Try It Out Tuesday

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
What’s it going to be??? Provide your expert opinion and help us prototype a new idea, program, or exhibit component.  Participate in shaping our future programs and spaces! Help us celebrate Brain Building in Progress Week! Programs this week will focus on how early interactions and experiences that young children have with caring adults actually helps build the architecture of the developing brain. For more ideas and activities please visit: http://www.brainbuildinginprogress.org/.

ASD Friendly Afternoons (free admission for pre-registered families)

1:30pm – 4:30pm Both Museums
During ASD (autism spectrum disorder) Friendly Hours, we will not host school groups or birthday parties, avoiding overcrowding and supporting accessibility of exhibits. Participate in special sensory based activities open to everyone.  A dedicated room will be 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. Pre-registration required, space limited. Visit http://bit.ly/ASDApr2015 to register.

Funded by Yawkey Foundations and the English Family Fund of the Foundation for MetroWest with additional support from the 3M Corporation, Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy, the Boston Bruins Foundation, the Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation, the Deluxe Corporation Foundation, the Morgan Stanley Foundation and the Nypro Foundation.

Wednesday, April 8

Brain Building in Progress Week!

Peep Science Adventures: Making Prints

10:00am Outside Children’s Discovery Classroom
How can we create identical images? Experiment with paint and household objects as we create colorful prints. Try different objects and papers to see what works best. Help us celebrate Brain Building in Progress Week! Programs this week will focus on how early interactions and experiences that young children have with caring adults actually helps build the architecture of the developing brain. For more ideas and activities please visit: http://www.brainbuildinginprogress.org/. Peep Science Adventures are sponsored by Emerson Hospital. © 2015 WGBH Educational Foundation

Thursday, April 9

Brain Building in Progress Week!

Brainy Thursday’s Tales

11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination! Help us celebrate Brain Building in Progress Week! Programs this week will focus on how early interactions and experiences that young children have with caring adults actually helps build the architecture of the developing brain. For more ideas and activities please visit: http://www.brainbuildinginprogress.org/.

Friday, April 10

Brain Building in Progress Week!

Make a MESS: Dress Up Your Stuffed Animal

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Bring along your favorite stuffed pet today as we read Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett. Afterwards we’ll design and create some fun clothes for your furry friend.  Help us celebrate Brain Building in Progress Week! Programs this week will focus on how early interactions and experiences that young children have with caring adults actually helps build the architecture of the developing brain. For more ideas and activities please visit: http://www.brainbuildinginprogress.org/.

The Make a MESS (Math, Engineering, Science, & Stuff) program series introduces STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts through exploration, imagination, and fun. Funded by The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation.

Saturday, April 11

Amusing Engineering with Olin College Engineering Discovery Team

Drop in 11:00am - 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Join the Olin College Engineering Discovery Team for a thrilling ride into the exciting field of engineering. Put your engineering skills to the test as you create something that twists, turns and loop-de-loops, while designing and building a mini amusement park inspired ride.

Especially for Me! Free Evening for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children and ASL-CLeaR Discussion with BU Researchers

5:00pm – 8:30pm Both Museums Open
Join in all the fun during this special free evening for families with deaf or hard of hearing children in conjunction with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Children's Hospital Boston. ASL Interpreters will be available. Pre-registration required. Visit http://bit.ly/DHHApr2015 to register. Food generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton.

Join researchers from Boston University at 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00pm for a discussion around how to deliver top quality science and math content in ASL. With the number of resources available to parents interested in learning basic sign language, there are few for modeling presentations of science and math content. Learn about their tool, ASL-CLeaR (Concept Learning Resources) for teaching STEM terminology, and explore how it could be even more useful for parents and young children.

Funded by Yawkey Foundations and the English Family Fund of the Foundation for MetroWest with additional support from the 3M Corporation, Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy, the Boston Bruins Foundation, the Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation, the Deluxe Corporation Foundation, the Morgan Stanley Foundation and the Nypro Foundation.

Sunday, April 12

Magic Show with Rupayan Neogy

1:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us as local young magician Rupayan Neogy shares his talents with us! Showcasing a variety of tricks, he will confound and amaze in an interactive performance geared toward family audiences. For more information about Rupayan’s magic, visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rneogymagic.

Monday, April 13

Speaker Event - NYT Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni, "From Diapers To Diploma: A Healthier Way to Navigate Your Child's Path to College"

6:30 to 8:30pm - R.J. Grey Junior High School Auditorium, 16 Charter Road, Acton, MA
Increasingly, American parents start worrying about college admissions when their children are barely out of diapers. And by middle school, kids have been thrust into the competition for the Ivy Leagues. But that's a dangerous game, one that teaches kids a curious set of values, sets too many of them up for disappointment and perverts the true purpose of education. It's also built on a myth: that success hinges on going to a highly selective school.

Frank Bruni will talk about a better, healthier way to think about and approach all of this, distilling the research, life stories and advice in his new book Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, published on March 17th.

This evening event is for adults; light refreshments will be served. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Please visit http://discoverymuseums.org/speaker-series for more information and to register.

Tuesday, April 14

Make a MESS: Mixed Media

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Let’s explore the different qualities and attributes of various materials. What will you create when you put together multiple materials that commonly aren’t combined?
The Make a MESS (Math, Engineering, Science, & Stuff) program series introduces STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts through exploration, imagination, and fun. Funded by The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation.

Try It Out Tuesday

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
What’s it going to be??? Provide your expert opinion and help us prototype a new idea, program, or exhibit component.  Participate in shaping our future programs and spaces!

Thursday, April 16

Thursday’s Tales

11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Take Aparts

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Are you curious about what’s inside telephones and computers? Grab a screwdriver and discover resistors and capacitors as you uncover the inner workings of everyday electronics. Take Aparts is sponsored by Analog Devices.

Friday, April 17

Great Hill Exploration

10:00am and 3:00pm
Did you know that The Discovery Museums’ campus connects to Great Hill Conservation and Recreation Land? Come explore some of the trails that wind through the wooded 184 acres along with museum staff. Please note that these trails are not handicap accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing – this program will happen rain, shine, or snow! For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Our morning hike will meet outside of the Children’s Discovery Museum and the afternoon hike will meet outside of the Science Discovery Museum.

Saturday, April 18

Wild Animals in Your Neighborhood with Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Drop-in 12:00pm-2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Enjoy a unique opportunity to see native animals up close with a trained naturalist from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Handle natural history artifacts as you learn about the birds, reptiles, and mammals that live in your neighborhood. For more information about The Blue Hills Trailside Museum, visit www.massaudubon.org. This “All About Animals” program is sponsored by the Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund.   

Sunday, April 19

LEGO ZONE

Drop-in All Day, Science Discovery Museum
You bring your imagination and we will supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique vision. Add your creation to our community display to inspire your fellow visitors!

Monday, April 20 -  April Vacation Week, Both Museums OPEN 9:00am – 4:30pm

Meet the Scientists! 

Drop in 11:00am-2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
What’s it like to be a scientist?  Find out in this special program when you talk to real scientists and do the hands-on activities they’ve developed. Discover why they find science cool and exciting while learning about their research and interests in chemistry, biology, physics, and other fields. This event is led by scientists participating in our Portal to the Public program. http://discoverymuseums.org/programs-events/portal-public

Tuesday, April 21 -  April Vacation Week, Both Museums OPEN 9:00am – 4:30pm

Try It Out Tuesday

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
What’s it going to be??? Provide your expert opinion and help us prototype a new idea, program, or exhibit component.  Participate in shaping our future programs and spaces!

Light and Color: Celebrating the International Year of Light

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
2015 is the International Year of Light! Today we will be exploring light, color and reflections as we create dazzling kaleidoscopes and other artistic tools for capturing the light and color all around us. To learn more about the International Year of Light visit: http://www.light2015.org/Home.html

Wednesday, April 22 -  April Vacation Week, Both Museums OPEN 9:00am – 4:30pm

Celebrate eARTh Day!

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Bessie’s Tent
Take a closer look at the natural world around us and try your hand at turning trash into treasures. From finding inspiration around the museums’ campus and uncovering your inner Naturalist, Artist or Builder, to repurposing electronic equipment, let’s use our creativity to help make the Earth a better place. *Activities and location may change depending on weather.

Thursday, April 23 -  April Vacation Week, Both Museums OPEN 9:00am – 4:30pm

Thursday’s Tales

11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Backyard Builders

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Bessie’s Tent
From forts to fairyhouses, gnome homes to hide-a-ways - what will you build in the museums’ backyard?! Design, create, and explore as we head outside and turn recycled, repurposed and natural materials into one of a kind structures! *Activities and location may change depending on weather. This program is part of our Backyard Builders series and is sponsored by The Boston Society of Architects Foundation.

Friday, April 24 -  April Vacation Week, Both Museums OPEN 9:00am – 4:30pm

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Come craft a kite in honor of National Kite Month! Experiment with a variety of materials, shapes and sizes, as you create a one of a kind kite. How high in the sky will your kite fly?

Saturday, April 25

Celebrate DNA Day!

Drop-in 11:00am-2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us for National DNA Day, an annual commemoration of the discovery of the double helix in 1953 and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. Celebrate by making your very own strawberry DNA necklace!

Especially for Me! Free Evening for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

5:00pm – 8:30pm Both Museums Open with Free Admission
Come join in all the fun and explore both museums during this special free evening for families with children on the autism spectrum. Pre-registration required. Visit http://bit.ly/Esp4MeApr2015 to register.

Kodiak and Company

6:00-7:30 Children’s Discovery Classroom
Kodiak is a Bernese Mountain Dog. Kodiak is bringing along some of his best friends which are also all certified Therapy Dogs. Kodiak and his friends visit lots of different people in different settings. From local libraries to area universities, these special four-footed therapists love to meet new people.

Food, including gluten free options, generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton. Funded by Yawkey Foundations and the English Family Fund of the Foundation for MetroWest with additional support from the 3M Corporation, Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy, the Boston Bruins Foundation, the Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation, the Deluxe Corporation Foundation, the Morgan Stanley Foundation and the Nypro Foundation.

Sunday, April 26

LEGO ZONE

Drop-in All Day, Science Discovery Museum
You bring your imagination and we will supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique vision. Add your creation to our community display to inspire your fellow visitors!

Wednesday, April 29

Peep Science Adventures: Bird Watching

10:00am Outside Children’s Discovery Classroom
How many birds can you count outside as we walk around The Discovery Museums campus? Can you hear some birds but not see them? Please dress for the weather as this is an outdoor program. Sponsored by Emerson Hospital. © 2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Thursday, April 30

Thursday’s Tales

11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Make a MESS: April Showers…

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
…Bring May flowers! Discover all the ingredients plants need to grow healthy and strong while constructing a mini terrarium out of recycled materials.