December Programs

Tuesday, December 1

Peep Science Adventures: Bead Patterns

Drop-in 10:00am11:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Organize our collection of beads by sorting them into different categories.  Can you make a necklace by creating a repeating pattern? What patterns or colors will you choose? © 2015 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.

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/ASDDec2015 to register.

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, Nypro and The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program.

Wednesday, December 2

Messy Masterpiece: Paint Like Seurat!

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
George Seurat was born on December 2, 1859. He invented a special style of painting, called pointillism. Explore some of George Seurat’s masterpieces and then try your hand at creating your own work of art inspired by pointillism.

Backyard and Beyond: Build your own Weather Station

Drop in 1:00pm – 4:00pm Science Discovery Museum
We’ll be building tools that measure the weather from things you can find around the house!  Drop-in to build your own barometer, thermometer, anemometer, and more.  You can even build them all and make your very own weather station! Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Thursday, December 3

Thursday’s Tales

11:00am – 11:20am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Friday, December 4

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 will include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the outdoors. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

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.

Meet the Scientists! 

Drop in 6:00pm – 8:00pm Science Discovery Museum
What’s it like to be a scientist? Find out in this special program during First Friday Nights Free 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 biology, neuroscience, engineering, and forensic anthropology. This event is led by scientists participating in our Portal to the Public program. http://discoverymuseums.org/programs-events/portal-public

Scheduled to participate are:
Dr. Anita Autry, Harvard University
Mind Control: find out how scientists can use molecules to change parental behaviors in animals.

Dr. Dan Congreve, MIT
Have you ever wondered how your eye sees colors? Or why LED lighting is so much more efficient than regular light bulbs? Learn how our eyes see different colors, and why that it important for lighting. See how LEDs trick our eyes into thinking every color is present, and why infrared light - the light we cannot see - decreases the efficiency of traditional incandescent light bulbs.

Dr. Shoshoni (Caine) Droz, Northeastern University, College of Science
Why can people pee but birds can't?  Come explore how mammals and birds use different kidney systems to reduce water loss during the excretion process.

 

Saturday, December 5

Backyard and Beyond: Backyard Birding

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
We’ve been getting lots of visitors to our bird feeders! Winter is a great time to spot backyard birds. Join us to learn more about birds and see who you can spot at our feeders. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Tuesday, December 8

Make A MESS: Feeling Blue

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Baby blue, cornflower blue, azure, navy, cobalt, cerulean, there are so many different kinds of blue!  Help mix and name your own very own shade.

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, December 9

Dinosaur Discoveries

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Touch a real dinosaur fossil and pretend to be a paleontologist digging for dinosaur bones in our mock excavation site!

Backyard and Beyond: What’s the Weather Wednesday

2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Will it be rainy, windy, cold or snowy? Join us for a program that depends on the weather – frozen bubbles, rain painting, snow forts? We’ll see what Mother Nature gives us to play with! Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Thursday, December 10

Thursday’s Tales

11:00am – 11:20am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Take Aparts

Drop-in 2:00pm4:30pm 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, December 11

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 will include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the outdoors. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Saturday, December 12

Exploring Nano: The Smallest Science

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us for hands-on educational activities about nanoscale science and technology! Uncover hidden rainbows, discover something invisible, and find out if metal has a memory. Explore how technologies and society influence each other, and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.

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. Visitors may drop-in for a workshop from a practicing music therapist from Indian Hill Music at 6:00pm and 7:00pm. Many studies have shown that music therapy is an effective tool for reaching this population, as it engages and fosters their capacity for flexibility, creativity, variability, and tolerance of change. Dinner provided. Pre-registration required. Visit http://bit.ly/Esp4MeDec2015  to register.

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.

Tuesday, December 15

Peep Science Adventures: Flying Paper Airplanes

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Create and decorate your own paper airplane and then we'll put them through a flight test! © 2015 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.

Wednesday, December 16

Holiday Checklist: Get the Wrapping Paper

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Don’t run out of wrapping paper during the season of giving! Use stamps, brushes, and fingers to make a one of a kind, personal, and beautiful sheet to wrap a special gift in.

Winter Workshop: Flying Reindeer

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Do reindeer really fly? Today they will! Create paper helicopters and hoop gliders to give those reindeer some high flying power. Up, up and away!

Thursday, December 17

Holiday Checklist: Feed the Reindeer

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
If you are expecting a visit from Santa, don’t forget to have a treat ready for the reindeer! Pack a bag of goodies that can be left out for a quick snack and energy boost for these hard workers! 

Winter Workshop: Pole-r Mission

Drop-in 2:00pm-4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
‘Tis the season for a little ice fishing. Try your hand at designing mini-fishing poles and different hooks that can grab some capsules out of the water.

Friday, December 18

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 will include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the outdoors. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds.

Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Winter Workshop: Sled Stoppers

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Got a runaway sled you need to slow down? Design a parachute to help your sleigh float safely to the ground—no crash landings allowed! 

Saturday, December 19

Wild Animals in Your Neighbrrrrhood! with Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Drop-in 12:00pm-2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
How does the local wildlife survive our New England winters? Enjoy a unique opportunity to see native animals up close with a trained naturalist from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Learn about wild birds, reptiles, and mammals that live in your neighborhood. Handle natural history artifacts and learn how local wildlife prepares for and survives the winter. 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.   

Monday, December 21

Make A MESS: Ornament Making

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Make a colorful and unique ornament to bring some cheer to cold and cloudy days.

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

Backyard and Beyond: Nature Journaling – First Day of Winter

Drop-in 11:00am – 1:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Explore the natural world through science, art, and writing. We’ll be making nature journals and then taking them on a nature walk through the Great Hill conservation land. If you’ve made a nature journal with us before, bring it to add new activity pages. Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing – this program will happen no matter the weather! For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Tuesday, December 22

Make a MESS: Snow Globes

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Who knows what Mother Nature will bring this year, but guarantee a little “snow” for the holidays with a homemade snow globe. A sprinkle of snow and a dash of creativity is all you need to make and take your very own mini snow globe.

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.

Wednesday, December 23

Everyday Engineering: Cup Towers

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Challenge yourself to build a one-of-a-kind tower made entirely out cups. How high can you stack ‘em? The sky's the limit!

Thursday, December 24

CLOSED for Christmas Eve


Friday, December 25

CLOSED for Christmas Day


Saturday, December 26

Everyday Engineering: Cup Towers

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Challenge yourself to build a one-of-a-kind tower made entirely out cups. How high can you stack ‘em? The sky's the limit!

Sunday, December 27

Everyday Engineering: 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, December 28

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.

Everyday Engineering: 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!

Tuesday, December 29

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.

Everyday Engineering: Marble Runs

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Use your engineering skills to design, build and test out roller coaster marble runs. Make tracks out of tubes, cardboard, and other recycled materials to send marbles on a fun ride.

Wednesday, December 30

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: What’s the Weather Wednesday

10:00am Science Discovery Museum
Will it be rainy, windy, cold or snowy?  Join us for a program that depends on the weather – frozen bubbles, rain painting, snow forts?  We’ll see what mother nature gives us to play with! Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Everyday Engineering: Marble Runs

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Use your engineering skills to design, build and test out roller coaster marble runs. Make tracks out of tubes, cardboard, and other recycled materials to send marbles on a fun ride.

Thursday, December 31

Both museums closing early at 3:00pm.

Bessie’s New Year’s Eve Party Prep

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:45am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Let’s get ready to shake, rattle, and roll into the New Year by making party hats and noise makers! Come decked out in your finest pajamas and stick around for our pajama dance party at 11:45am with a countdown to 12 (noon).

Bessie’s New Year’s Eve Pajama Dance Party!

11:45am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Dust off your dancing shoes, put on your finest PJs, and help us count down to 12 (noon) with a dance party!