April Programs

Friday, April 1

Backyard and Beyond: Nature Playgroup

10:00am – 10:45am Children’s Discovery Museum
A great way to enjoy time outdoors with your little one, our nature-themed playgroup will be held outside, no matter the weather! Our outing may include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the conservation land adjacent to the Museums.  All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

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. Test a metal’s memory, uncover something invisible, discover hidden rainbows, 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 and Emerson Hospital.

Eat, Play, Love: Acton-Boxborough High School String Ensemble

5:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Enjoy short performances by Acton-Boxborough High School’s string ensemble, Eat, Play, Love. Then, experience a few string instruments for yourself with a mini-instrument petting zoo.

Saturday, April 2

Light It Up Blue – World Autism Awareness Day

10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
With a diagnosis rate of 1 in 68, most people have family or friends that have been affected by autism. In support of World Autism Awareness Day, with the goal of increasing autism awareness and celebrating the abilities of individuals with autism, our mascot Bessie is looking to show her blue too! Come help us paint Bessie a lovely shade of blue, so she too can Light It Up Blue. Additionally, resources about early diagnosis and intervention will be available. This program is weather dependent.

Celebrate NanoDays!

Drop-in 12:00pm-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. Test a metal’s memory, uncover something invisible, discover hidden rainbows, 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.

Especially for Me! Free Evening for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children

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. Dinner, including gluten free options will be provided by Not Your Average Joe’s. Pre-registration required here http://bit.ly/DHHApr2016 as space is limited.

From 5:00pm – 7:00pm our furry friends from Therapy Dogs International will be visiting us in the Children’s Discovery Classroom. Then, our Outdoor Educator will lead a sunset observation and painting program.

Food generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton. Funded by Yawkey Foundations, The Foundation for Metrowest, 3M Foundation, DCU for Kids, The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation, The Adelard A. Roy and Valdea Lea Roy Foundation, Morgan Stanley, The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program, Nypro, Cambridge Savings Bank and several Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils.

Tuesday, April 5

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 here http://bit.ly/ASDApr2016 as space is limited.

Funded by Yawkey Foundations, The Foundation for Metrowest, 3M Foundation, DCU for Kids, The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation, The Adelard A. Roy and Valdea Lea Roy Foundation, Morgan Stanley, The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program, Nypro, Cambridge Savings Bank and several Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils.

Wednesday, April 6

Storytime

10:30am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

PEEP Science Adventures: Science Everywhere!

Drop-in 11:00am – 11:30am Children’s Discovery Museum
Let’s get outside and discover science all around us!  We’ll be exploring a natural science concept using hands-on activities and natural materials. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather, program location is weather dependent. © 2016 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.

Thursday, April 7

Take Aparts Jr.

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Are you curious about what’s inside everyday electronics? Grab some tools and discover resistors, capacitors, gears and more as you uncover the inner workings of household gadgets and gizmos. Sponsored by Analog Devices, Inc.

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. Sponsored by Analog Devices, Inc.

Friday, April 8

Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette

9:30am – 10:00am 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.

Backyard and Beyond: Nature Playgroup

10:00am – 10:45am Children’s Discovery Museum
A great way to enjoy time outdoors with your little one, our nature-themed playgroup will be held outside, no matter the weather! Our outing may include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the conservation land adjacent to the Museums.  All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Drop-in 2:00pm-4:30pm 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 9

Member Morning

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM The Children's Discovery Museum
The Children's Discovery Museum will be open at 8:00 AM for MEMBERS only. Members, start your day with a little Discovery and beat the crowds.

Tuesday, April 12

Celebrate Week of the Young Child!
Make a MESS: Pasta Stained Glass

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Come make your own stained glass artwork using colored shapes of pasta! We’ll let the spring sunshine shine in!

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!

Wednesday, April 13

Celebrate Week of the Young Child!
Storytime…Outdoors!

10:30am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll be taking story time outside today and making the story come alive with an active game! Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather, program is weather dependent.

Thursday, April 14

Celebrate Week of the Young Child!
PEEP Science Adventures: Parts and Wholes

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Draw your own jigsaw puzzle! Create your beautiful whole and then have fun breaking it into parts and putting back together again.  © 2016 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.

Lunch and Learn: Adoption Basics

12:00 – 1:00pm Children’s Discovery Museum
Are you curious about adoption? Bring a brown bag lunch and chat with a representative from the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (http://www.mareinc.org). Whether you’re thinking about adopting a child yourself or just wondering what the process is like, this is a chance to get information and ask questions in a casual setting. LGBT friendly. Coffee and cookies provided. Space is limited so pre-registration is required here: http://bit.ly/MARELunch.

Friday, April 15

Backyard and Beyond: Nature Playgroup

10:00am – 10:45am Children’s Discovery Museum
A great way to enjoy time outdoors with your little one, our nature-themed playgroup will be held outside, no matter the weather! Our outing may include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the conservation land adjacent to the Museums.  All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Make a MESS: Squishy Circuits

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Squish and sculpt as you explore some simple circuitry. We’ll discover the conductive properties of a childhood favorite, as we sink our hands into playdough to make LEDs light up, buzzers buzz, and motors whir.

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 16

Massachusetts Reptiles with Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Drop-in 12:00pm – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Enjoy a unique opportunity to see some of our scaled and shelled friends up close with a trained naturalist from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Learn all about different types of reptiles that call Massachusetts home and handle natural history artifacts. 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.  

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. Dinner, including gluten free options will be provided by Not Your Average Joe’s. Pre-registration required here http://bit.ly/Esp4MeApr2016 as space is limited.

Jam with us at 5:30pm and again at 6:30pm. A Music Therapist from Indian Hill Music School will be on site to play and perform with you!

Food, including gluten free options, generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton. Funded by Yawkey Foundations, The Foundation for Metrowest, 3M Foundation, DCU for Kids, The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation, The Adelard A. Roy and Valdea Lea Roy Foundation, Morgan Stanley, The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program, Nypro, Cambridge Savings Bank and several Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils.

Sunday, April 17

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 18 – April Vacation Week: Both Museums OPEN 9:00am – 4:30pm

Duplo® Zone

Drop-in All Day, Children’s Discovery Museum
Use your imagination to build, stack, and sort our enormous collection of Lego® Duplo® plates, bricks, and special pieces. Construct your own architectural wonder or work together to build a community sculpture.

Meet the Scientists! 

Drop in 12:00pm-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 19 – April Vacation Week: Both Museums OPEN 9:00am – 4:30pm

Duplo® Zone

Drop-in All Day, Children’s Discovery Museum
Use your imagination to build, stack, and sort our enormous collection of Lego® Duplo® plates, bricks, and special pieces. Construct your own architectural wonder or work together to build a community sculpture.

Tinytropolis

Drop-in 10:00am – 3:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Come visit the Mini City with a Big Future! Join us as we design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.  This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 5 days.

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

Duplo® Zone

Drop-in All Day, Children’s Discovery Museum
Use your imagination to build, stack, and sort our enormous collection of Lego® Duplo® plates, bricks, and special pieces. Construct your own architectural wonder or work together to build a community sculpture.

Tinytropolis

Drop-in 10:00am – 3:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Come visit the Mini City with a Big Future! Join us as we design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.  This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 5 days.

Backyard and Beyond: Go Fly a Kite

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Children’s Discovery Classroom
Kite walks at 12:30pm and 2pm, weather permitting
Did you know that April is “Fly a Kite” month?  Come celebrate with us as we make and decorate our own simple kites. At 12:30 and again at 2pm we’ll be leading a walk through the conservation land to the playing fields to try out our new kite creations. Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing – this program is weather and conditions dependent. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm.   Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

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

Duplo® Zone

Drop-in All Day, Children’s Discovery Museum
Use your imagination to build, stack, and sort our enormous collection of Lego® Duplo® plates, bricks, and special pieces. Construct your own architectural wonder or work together to build a community sculpture.

Tinytropolis

Drop-in 10:00am – 3:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Come visit the Mini City with a Big Future! Join us as we design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.  This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 5 days.

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

Duplo® Zone

Drop-in All Day, Children’s Discovery Museum
Use your imagination to build, stack, and sort our enormous collection of Lego® Duplo® plates, bricks, and special pieces. Construct your own architectural wonder or work together to build a community sculpture.

Backyard and Beyond: Nature Playgroup

10:00am – 10:45am Children’s Discovery Museum
A great way to enjoy time outdoors with your little one, our nature-themed playgroup will be held outside, no matter the weather! Our outing may include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the conservation land adjacent to the Museums.  All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Tinytropolis Celebrates Earth Day!

Drop-in 10:00am – 3:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Come visit the Mini City with a Big Future and Celebrate Earth Day! Join us as we design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.  In honor of Earth Day, we’ll explore renewable energies and other sustainable technologies. Then we’ll use our imaginations and what we’ve learned to build Tinytropolis into a “green” mini city. This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 5 days.

Saturday, April 23

Tinytropolis

Drop-in 10:00am – 3:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Come visit the Mini City with a Big Future! Join us as we design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.  This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 5 days.

Sunday, April 24

Backyard and Beyond: Backyard Birding

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
As it starts to warm up, birds that migrated for the winter are returning to Massachusetts.  Come do some backyard birding with us to see if you spot any returning birds at our feeders! Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Tuesday, April 26

Make a MESS: Spin Art

Drop-in 10:00pm – 11:00pm Children’s Discovery Museum
Make a one-of-a-kind art piece by dripping, spinning, and watching the colors whirl.

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.

Celebrate DNA Day!

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
We might be a day late, but we couldn’t pass-up the chance to honor 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!

Wednesday, April 27

Storytime

10:30am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Backyard and Beyond: Great Hill Exploration

10:00am Great Hill Conservation Land
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 or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing – this program is weather and conditions dependent. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Our hike will meet outside of the Children’s Discovery Museum. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Happy Birthday Samuel Morse!

Drop-in 2:00pm-4:30pm Science Discovery Museum and museum grounds
Samuel Morse, co-inventor of the electrical telegraph system and Morse Code, was born on this day in 1791. Try your hand at communicating in Morse Code and challenge yourself to complete a Morse Code inspired scavenger hunt.

Thursday, April 28

Make a MESS: Snip and Tear

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Our visitors LOVE to snip and tear paper! Show off your scissor skills, try cutting for the first time, or use your hands to tear a collection of confetti.

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.

Friday, April 29

Backyard and Beyond: Nature Playgroup

10:00am – 10:45am Children’s Discovery Museum
A great way to enjoy time outdoors with your little one, our nature-themed playgroup will be held outside, no matter the weather! Our outing may include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the conservation land adjacent to the Museums.  All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Everyday Engineering: Straw Structures

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. We’ll explore shapes, structures and so much more with the help of just straws and pipe cleaners. The materials are simple, the possibilities are endless!