December Programs

 

Tuesday, December 2

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!

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/ASDDec2014 to register. Funded by Yawkey Foundations, The Foundation for Metrowest, Deluxe Corporation Foundation, DCU for Kids, The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation, The Adelard A. Roy and Valdea Lea Roy Foundation, The Bruins Foundation, Morgan Stanley, and The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program.

Wednesday, December 3

Peep Science Adventures: Little Builders

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Try your hand at construction as we use different kinds of blocks and materials to create fun structures! Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.  © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

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.

Thursday, December 4

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!

Exploring Nano: The Smallest Science

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

Join us for hands-on educational activities about nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Experiment with a metal that can remember its shape, discover the magnetic liquid known as ferrofluid and more. Explore how technologies and society influence each other, and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.

Friday, December 5

Great Hill Exploration

10:00am & 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.

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.

Super Solar Energy Exploration

Drop-in 4:30pm-7:30pm Science Discovery Museum

The Sun is a powerful, clean source of energy. Find out what makes a home good for solar panels, learn how solar photovoltaic systems work, and see solar grasshoppers jump with excitement!  You will be jumping with excitement too if you have a good roof for solar! Presented by Next Step Living.

Sunday, December 7

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, December 9

Make A MESS: Lights and Shadows

10:00am Children’s Discovery Museum

What types of shadows will you create as you move materials and lights around a shadow box? Big or small shadows? Funny or spooky shadows? You set the scene and you tell the story!

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 10

Peep Science Adventures: Making Shadow Puppets

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Create shadow puppets using a variety of different materials. What happens when you turn them? How about when you move them back and forth? Make up names and voices for your shadow puppets and have fun telling a shadow story! Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.  © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Thursday, December 11

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, December 12

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.

FETCH!™ Float My Boat

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm 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! © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Saturday, December 13

Exploring Nano: The Smallest Science

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

Join us for hands-on educational activities about nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Experiment with a metal that can remember its shape, discover the magnetic liquid known as ferrofluid and more. 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 also drop-in for a workshop from 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://bit.ly/Esp4MeDec2014 to register.

Food, including gluten free options, generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton. Funded by Yawkey Foundations, The Foundation for Metrowest, Deluxe Corporation Foundation, DCU for Kids, The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation, The Adelard A. Roy and Valdea Lea Roy Foundation, The Bruins Foundation, Morgan Stanley, and The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program.

Tuesday, December 16

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!

Winter Workshop: Snow Globes

Drop-in 1:00pm – 4:00pm 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.

Wednesday, December 17

Make a MESS: Sculpt & Squish

10:00am 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.

Winter Workshop: Gift-a-Pult

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

Need to get a gift from here to there fast? Design and test coat hanger catapults and leverage your power to get those gifts to their destination! Ready, aim…propel those presents! 

Thursday, December 18

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!

Winter Workshop: Sleigh Stoppers

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

Got a runaway sleigh you need to slow down? Design a parachute to help your sleigh float safely to the ground—no crash landings allowed! 

Friday, December 19

Winter Workshop: Flying Reindeer

Drop-in 1:00pm – 4:00pm 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!

Saturday, December 20

Make a MESS: Solstice Shadows

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

Join us as we celebrate the Winter Solstice coming up on December 21st. Explore with light, shadow, liquid watercolors and more as you create unique artwork inspired by the shortest day of the year.

Sunday, December 21

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.

Monday, December 22

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.

Tuesday, 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!

Friday, December 26

Duplo® Zone

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

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: 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!

Saturday, December 27                

Duplo® Zone

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

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.

Family Home Energy Exploration

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

Join us for a hands-on exploration of your home’s energy use! Children and adults will test insulation and use an infrared camera and watt meter to learn about energy usage in your home. Interactive stations will help you discover how to lower your carbon footprint and utility bills. Take home an activity packet and easy tips to take action. Presented by Next Step Living.

Sunday, December 28

Duplo® Zone

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

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: House of Cards

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

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Sharpen your design skills as you to build a two-story structure strong enough to hold weight – using just index cards! Explore squares, triangles and arches, and decide which shape will give you the most stable structure.  

Monday, December 29

Everyday Engineering: House of Cards

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

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Sharpen your design skills as you to build a two-story structure strong enough to hold weight – using just index cards! Explore squares, triangles and arches, and decide which shape will give you the most stable structure.  

Tuesday, December 30

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!

Ring in the New Year!

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

Get ready to make some noise this New Year’s Eve! Construct your own noise makers and engineer party hats to use as you celebrate the coming of a new year. 3…2…1… Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31

Bessie’s New Year’s Eve Party Prep

10:00am 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!

11:30am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Dust off your dancing shoes and help us count down to 12 (noon) with a dance party!