April Programs

 

Tuesday, April 1

Rangoli Designs

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Join us in exploring the colorful and geometric world of Rangoli designs! We'll use different textured materials to create these beautiful designs and learn about the country they originated in, India.

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/ASDApr14 to register. Funded by Yawkey Foundations, The Foundation for Metrowest, DCU for Kids, Morgan Stanley, The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation, The Adelard A. Roy and Valdea Lea Roy Foundation, The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program, and The Fenn School Youth in Philanthropy Program, a program of the Foundation for MetroWest.

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 memory metal, see something invisible, test out oobleck, discover ferrofluid, 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.  

Wednesday, April 2

Light It Up Blue – World Autism Awareness Day

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

With a diagnosis rate of 1 in 88, 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 memory metal, see something invisible, test out oobleck, discover ferrofluid, 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 3

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. © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

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!

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 memory metal, see something invisible, test out oobleck, discover ferrofluid, 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 4

First Friday Nights Free! featuring Polymers All Around Us

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 in part by Emerson Hospital with additional support from Cambridge Saving Charitable Foundation and the Local Cultural Councils of Acton-Boxborough, Billerica, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Harvard, Hudson, Leominster, Lexington, Littleton, Maynard, Waltham, Wayland, and Westford.

Celebrate NanoDays! featuring Polymers All Around Us

With University of Massachusetts’ Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Drop-in 4:30pm – 6:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Polymers All Around Us is a highly interactive program led by researchers from the UMass Materials Research Science and Engineering Center that features demonstrations highlighting the many unique properties of polymers and their importance in our everyday lives.

Saturday, April 5

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 memory metal, see something invisible, test out oobleck, discover ferrofluid, 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 6

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 memory metal, see something invisible, test out oobleck, discover ferrofluid, 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.

Tuesday, April 8

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!

Wednesday, April 9

Make a MESS: Magnificent Magnifications

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Explore the world around us using magnifying glasses and other tools. What will you learn by looking closely?

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.

FETCH!™ Crazy About Kites

Drop-in 2:00pm - 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum

It’s National Kite Month! Challenge yourself to build a kite that’s different from one that you’ve ever seen before. What changes can you make so that it flies even better? Up, up, and away! © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Thursday, April 10

Where In the World Do We Live?

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom 

Which continent, country, state, and town do you live in? Make a geography craft project to take home and learn about maps, passports, and compasses!

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. Sponsored by Analog Devices, Inc. 

Friday, April 11

Pocket Tech

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum

Try out a variety of hands-on activities that explore the technology of personal electronic devices. With real electronics and interactive models of “software” and “hardware” functions, discover how pocket-sized computers input, store, display, and communicate information to connect us to the world.

Saturday, April 12

Meet the Neighbors! 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.   

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. Pre-registration required. Visit http://bit.ly/DHHApr14to register. Food generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton. Funded by Yawkey Foundations, The Foundation for Metrowest, DCU for Kids, Morgan Stanley, The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation, The Adelard A. Roy and Valdea Lea Roy Foundation, The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program, and The Fenn School Youth in Philanthropy Program, a program of the Foundation for MetroWest.

Sunday, April 13

Magic Show with Rupayan Neogy

12:00pm 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

Tuesday, April 15

Make A MESS: Mini Astronomers

10:00am Children's Discovery Classroom

The planet Jupiter is so big you could fit 1,000 Earths inside of it! Learn more about the 5th planet from the sun and create your own swirly sphere to take home.

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 17

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!

Aboriginal Art 

2:00pm-4:00pm Science Discovery Museum

Let's explore both the ancient and current art techniques of the Aboriginal people of Australia. Come paint on the walls of our cardboard cave creation, learn how to dot paint with vibrant colors, or make your very own ??didgeridoo instrument! *Didgeridoo making limited to 15 participants.

Friday, April 18

Make a MESS: Pixel Painting

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum

The images on our computer screens, smartphones, tablets and TVs are made up of thousands of tiny pixels. Discover how pixels make up the pictures we see on our electronic devices and try your hand at creating some unique, pixel inspired art using paint.   

Saturday, April 19

Start Your Engines! with Olin College

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum

Swish! Zoom! Wow! Skip the driver’s license and craft your own car! Join Olin College’s Engineering Discovery to explore the marvels of transportation.

Sunday, April 20 CLOSED for Easter Sunday

 

Monday, April 21 April Vacation Week. Both Museums OPEN 9am – 4:30pm.

KEVA Construction Challenge!

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum

Test your skills with special hands-on engineering challenges inspired by our new traveling exhibit, Design! Build! KEVA! Every hardwood maple KEVA plank is the same – no sorting, no glue, no connectors – just simple stacking. Build bridges, construct castles and tinker with towers... We'll have 15,000 KEVA planks on hand for creating and engineering.

Tuesday, April 22 April Vacation Week. Both Museums OPEN 9am – 4:30pm.

Celebrate eARTh Day!

Drop-in 11:00am - 3:00pm Bessie’s Tent

Take a closer look at the natural world around us and try your hand at turning trash into treasures. From making observations in your science journal 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 

Wednesday, April 23 April Vacation Week. Both Museums OPEN 9am – 4:30pm.

Animal Adventures!

1:00pm and 1:45pm Science Discovery Museum

Join us as we welcome Animal Adventures to The Discovery Museums! Meet some exciting animals as an Animal Adventures Guide shares interesting stories and information about each one. Get up close and learn all about some fascinating, unique animals. For more information about Animal Adventures, visit their website www.animaladventures.net. This “All About Animals” programs are sponsored by the Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund.

Thursday, April 24 April Vacation Week. Both Museums OPEN 9am – 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!

FETCH!™ Crazy About Kites

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum

It’s National Kite Month! Challenge yourself to build a kite that’s different from one that you’ve ever seen before. What changes can you make so that it flies even better? Up, up, and away! © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.  

Friday, April 25 April Vacation Week. Both Museums OPEN 9am – 4:30pm.

Bingo! 

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Practice your numbers, letters, and colors by playing the fun game of Bingo!

SMART Gals: 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! Also, learn how the colorful kernels in Indian corn inspired Barbara McClintock’s Nobel Prize winning discovery of ‘jumping genes’! A SMART Gals program, offered with support from Tom and Cheryl Beaudoin, Bruce Enders and Liyu Yang, Stephen and Susan Giulietti, Lynne Osborn, Carolyn and Andy Platt, Steve and Nancy Steinberg. Thank you!

Saturday, April 26

The Science of FROZEN with Brandeis University

Drop-in 10:30am – 1:00pm Science Discovery Museum

It might be Spring, but we’re bringing back a little of the cold stuff! Meet scientists from Brandeis University and join them as they explore the science behind the ice crystals, fractals and snowflakes found in the movie Frozen!

Tuesday, April 29

Make A MESS: Brilliant Bugs

10:00am Children's Discovery Classroom

Spring has sprung and it’s time to welcome back our bug friends! Learn about the important jobs that insects do and how you can help out!

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!