December Programs

 

Sunday, December 1

LEGO ZONE

Drop-in all day Science Discovery Museum

You bring your imagination and we’ll supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique creation. Add to our community board to inspire your fellow visitors.

Tuesday, December 3

Try It Out Tuesday

10:00 am 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, December 4

Make A MESS: Feeling Blue

10:00 am 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.

FETCH! Stack ‘Em Up

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

Build a tower made only out of cups. How high can you go? Remember, the sky's the limit. ©2013 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Thursday, December 5

Peep Science Adventures: Little Builders

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Museum

Try your hand out at construction as we use different kinds of blocks and materials to create fun structures! © 2013 WGBH Educational Foundation.Sponsored by Hologic and MEFA’s U.Fund and Fidelity Investments.

Thursdays Tales

11:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Exploring Nano: The Smallest Science

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

Join us for hands-on educational activities about nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Explore the nano in your everyday life and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.

Friday, December 6

Moms Rock: Sponge Painting

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Museum

Moms—and grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and others—are amazing and spectacular! Explore textures and colors while making a beautiful work of art using sponges to take your home with a special message for mom about staying healthy and strong. Sponsored by Hologic.

Pocket Tech

Drop-in 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm 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.

First Friday Nights Free!

4:30 pm –  8:30 pm 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 donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard and the Acton Food Pantry. Sponsored in part by Emerson Hospital with additional support from Alexander, Aronson, Finning and Company, P.C. and the Local Cultural Councils of Acton-Boxborough, Billerica, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Harvard, Hudson, Leominster, Lexington, Littleton, Maynard, Waltham, Wayland, and Westford.

Sunday, December 8

Magic Show with Rupayan Neogy

12:00 pm 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, December 10

Make a MESS: Sculpt & Squish

10:00 am Children's Discovery Classroom

Use your senses to explore a variety of textures. Smoosh and squish away to learn about the properties of our different concoctions!

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 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm 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 11

Dinosaur Discoveries

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Museum

Touch a real dinosaur fossil and pretend to be a paleontologist digging for dinosaur bones in our mock excavation site!

Take Aparts

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

Are you curious about what’s inside telephones and computers? Discover resistors and capacitors as you uncover the inner workings of everyday electronics. Sponsored by Analog Devices, Inc.

Thursday, December 12

Peep Science Adventures: Flying Paper Airplanes

Drop-in 10:00 am Children’s Discovery Museum

Create and decorate your own paper airplane and then we'll put them through a flight test! © 2013 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Hologic and MEFA’s U.Fund and Fidelity Investments.

Thursdays Tales

11:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Friday, December 13

Imagimotion Kidz: Balls and Things that Bounce

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Come join the fun as we dance, move, and groove with Imagimotion Kidz. Today, we will be inspired by balls and other things that bounce. Imagimotion Kidz is a developmentally based creative movement program which has been stretching children's imaginations through movement and music for over 20 years.

FETCH!™ Float My Boat

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

Even large ships weighing hundreds of thousands of tons stay afloat. But how? Investigate floating by building tinfoil boats and loading them with pennies until they sink. Time to roll up the shirtsleeves and dive in! © 2013 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Saturday, December 14

Make a MESS: Resist Painting

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

Don’t resist your inner artist today! Join us as we explore and experiment with different resist painting techniques to create beautiful and unique works of art.

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.

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

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Both Museums Open

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 also drop-in for a workshop with Romy Wilhelm, a practicing music therapist from Indian Hill Music. 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. Pre-registration required. Visit http://tinyurl.com/EspeciallyforMe2013-14 to register.  Funding provided by Hologic, Yawkey Foundations, Foundation for MetroWest, DCU for Kids, Morgan Stanley, Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy and The Fenn School Youth in Philanthropy Program, a program of the Foundation for MetroWest.

Tuesday, December 17

Try It Out Tuesday

10:00 am 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!

Reaction Station: Adventures for Young Chemists

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

Imagine yourself a chemist and use real laboratory tools to do experiments. Try your hand at doing wet chemistry in a model glove box and learn why some chemists use glove boxes and hoods. Reaction Station is generously funded by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

Wednesday, December 18

Make a MESS: Sorting

10:00 am Children's Discovery Classroom

One of these things is not like the other. Help us categorize and group different objects by looking at their different attributes.

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.

Thursday, December 19

Moms Rock: Portraits

Drop-in 10:00 am Children’s Discovery Museum

Moms—and grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and others—are amazing and spectacular! Today we will be looking at different ways that artists have created portraits over the years. Take home with a special message for mom about staying healthy and strong. Sponsored by Hologic

Thursdays Tales

11:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Snow Globes

Drop-in 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Science Discovery Museum

Who knows what Mother Nature will bring this year, but guarantee a little “snow” 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.

Friday, December 20

Ornament Making

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Make a colorful and unique ornament to bring some cheer to cold and cloudy days.

Season’s Greetings

Drop-in 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Science Discovery Museum

Explore the science of papermaking as you design and create your own greeting cards and ornaments to share with friends and family this holiday season.

Saturday, December 21

Winter Wishes

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Decorate a paper ornament with hopes and wishes for the approaching New Year that will be added to our Wishing Woods. All wishes will stay on display through the holiday season.

FETCH!™ Float My Boat

Drop-in 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Science Discovery Museum

Even large ships weighing hundreds of thousands of tons stay afloat. But how? Investigate floating by building tinfoil boats and loading them with pennies until they sink. Time to roll up the shirtsleeves and dive in! © 2013 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Sunday, December 22

Winter Wishes

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Decorate a paper ornament with hopes and wishes for the approaching New Year that will be added to our Wishing Woods. All wishes will stay on display through the holiday season.

Marble Runs

Drop-in 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Science Discovery Museum

Use your engineering skills to design, build and test out roller coaster marble runs. Construct tracks out of tubes, cardboard, and other recycled materials to send marbles on a fun ride.

Monday, December 23

Winter Wishes

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Decorate a paper ornament with hopes and wishes for the approaching New Year that will be added to our Wishing Woods. All wishes will stay on display through the holiday season.

Marble Runs

Drop-in 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Science Discovery Museum

Use your engineering skills to design, build and test out roller coaster marble runs. Construct tracks out of tubes, cardboard, and other recycled materials to send marbles on a fun ride.

Thursday, December 26

Wishing Woods

10:00 am Children's Discovery Classroom

Help create an indoor forest built upon wishes for the New Year. This space will change and evolve through the end of the month as it is designed and built by staff and visitors.

FETCH! Stack ‘Em Up

Drop-in 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Science Discovery Museum

Build a tower made only out of cups. How high can you go? Remember, the sky's the limit. ©2013 WGBH Educational Foundation

Friday, December 27

Wishing Woods

10:00 am Children's Discovery Classroom

Help create an indoor forest built upon wishes for the New Year. This space will change and evolve through the end of the month as it is designed and built by staff and visitors.

Exploring Nano: The Smallest Science

Drop-in 1:00pm - 4:00pm Science Discovery Museum

Join us for hands-on educational activities about nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Explore the nano in your everyday life and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.

Saturday, December 28

Wishing Woods

10:00am Children's Discovery Classroom

Help create an indoor forest built upon wishes for the New Year. This space will change and evolve through the end of the month as it is designed and built by staff and visitors.

Pocket Tech

Drop-in 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 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.

Sunday, December 29

Wishing Woods

10:00 am Children's Discovery Classroom

Help create an indoor forest built upon wishes for the New Year. This space will change and evolve through the end of the month as it is designed and built by staff and visitors.

LEGO ZONE

Drop-in all day Science Discovery Museum

You bring your imagination and we’ll supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique creation. Add to our community board to inspire your fellow visitors.

Monday, December 30

Wishing Woods

10:00 am Children's Discovery Classroom

Help create an indoor forest built upon wishes for the New Year. This space will change and evolve through the end of the month as it is designed and built by staff and visitors.

LEGO ZONE

Drop-in all day Science Discovery Museum

You bring your imagination and we’ll supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique creation. Add to our community board to inspire your fellow visitors.

Tuesday, December 31

Bessie’s New Year’s Eve Party Prep

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

We want to get ready to shake, rattle, and roll into the New Year by making our own party hats and noise makers! We’ll be doing prep work all the way until our count down at 12 (noon).

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

11:30 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Help us count down to 12 (noon) with a dance party with special guest Bessie!

Ring in the New Year!

Drop-in 12:00 pm – 3:00pm Science Discovery Museum

Make some noise this New Year’s Eve! Construct your own noise makers to use as you celebrate the coming of a new year. 3…2…1… Happy New Year!