February Programs

Monday, February 1

Especially for Me! Free Morning at the Children's Discovery Museum for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants and Toddlers

9:30am to 12:30pm Children's Discovery Museums
Join in all the fun during this special free morning for families with infants and toddlers with hearing loss - in conjunction with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Children's Hospital Boston. Pre-registration is required at http://bit.ly/DHHFeb2016.

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, February 2

Make a MESS: Groundhog Day Shadows

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
We will see lots of shadows today whether Punxsutawney Phil can see his shadow or not! We’ll explore how shadows work using light, paper, and messy materials.

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.

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/ASDFeb2016 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, The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program, Nypro, Cambridge Savings Bank and several Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils.

Wednesday, February 3

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 permitting. 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.

Thursday, February 4

Exploring Nano: The Smallest Science

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm 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.

Friday, February 5

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.

Saturday, February 6

Make a MESS: Icy Investigations

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Brrrr…Things are getting chilly at the Science Discovery Museum. Experiment with ice and investigate the effects of salt, ice melt, and Magic Salt on the cold stuff.  Add in some liquid watercolors and discover how cool science can be!

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

5:00pm – 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 provided. Pre-registration required. Visit http://bit.ly/Esp4MeFeb2016 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, 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, February 9

Mini-Mardi Gras Celebration

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Let’s craft music makers and masquerade masks, and then join in a parade! Mardi Gras makes for a mightily merry museum!

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, February 10

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: What’s the Weather Wednesday

10:00am Children's 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, February 11

PEEP Science Adventures: Playing with Mirrors

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Small mirrors are ideal for exploring reflections. How should you hold a mirror to get the best reflection of an object? How can you hold a mirror so you can see the reflection of something behind you? What happens when you place a mirror next to something you’ve drawn? © 2016 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.

Take Aparts: Happy Birthday Thomas Edison!

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us for Take Aparts and celebrate inventor and businessman Thomas Edison’s birthday! Grab a screwdriver and discover resistors, capacitors and more as you uncover the inner workings of everyday electronics and inspire your inner Edison!  Sponsored by Analog Devices, Inc

Friday, February 12

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, February 13

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.

Sunday, February 14

Valentine’s Day: Simply Engineered

Drop-in 11:00am – 1:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Roses are red. Violets are blue. Join us and make a pop-up card or two! Use simple engineering and your creativity to make one of a kind Valentines to share with family and friends.

Monday, February 15, February 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.

STEAM Week: Science Monday

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us for a week full of STEAM inspired activities! Each day of the week, we will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – and what they have in common. We will try our hand at experimenting with some simple kitchen chemistry, building with repurposed and recycled materials, creating unique works of art, and more.

Tuesday, February 16, February 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.

STEAM Week: Tech Tuesday

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us for a week full of STEAM inspired activities! Each day of the week, we will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – and what they have in common. We will try our hand at experimenting with some simple kitchen chemistry, building with repurposed and recycled materials, creating unique works of art, and more.

Wednesday, February 17, February 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.

STEAM Week: Engineering Wednesday

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us for a week full of STEAM inspired activities! Each day of the week, we will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – and what they have in common. We will try our hand at experimenting with some simple kitchen chemistry, building with repurposed and recycled materials, creating unique works of art, and more.

Thursday, February 18, February 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.

STEAM Week: Art Thursday

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us for a week full of STEAM inspired activities! Each day of the week, we will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – and what they have in common. We will try our hand at experimenting with some simple kitchen chemistry, building with repurposed and recycled materials, creating unique works of art, and more.

Friday, February 19, February 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 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.

STEAM Week: Math Friday

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us for a week full of STEAM inspired activities! Each day of the week, we will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – and what they have in common. We will try our hand at experimenting with some simple kitchen chemistry, building with repurposed and recycled materials, creating unique works of art, and more.

Saturday, February 20

Backyard Birds with Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Drop-in 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Science Discovery Museum
Enjoy a unique opportunity to see some feathered friends up close with a trained naturalist from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Learn all about the different birds 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.  

Sunday, February 21

Celebrate National Engineering Week: Cup Towers

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us at the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week! 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! National Engineering Week activities are sponsored by Raytheon.

Tuesday, February 23

Peep Science Adventures: Building a Castle

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Have you ever wanted to live in a castle? Now you can make your own! Let’s take a walk around our building and notice its features and materials. Use this inspiration to build a castle of your own. © 2016 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.

Celebrate National Engineering Week: Marble Runs

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us at the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week! Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. 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. National Engineering Week activities are sponsored by Raytheon.

Wednesday, February 24

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!

Celebrate National Engineering Week: Forest of Forts

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Fairyborough
Join us at the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week!  Join us as we explore fort building with materials we find in our environment.  The location of this program is weather dependent.  National Engineering Week activities are sponsored by Raytheon.

The Discovery Museums Speaker Series

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money with Ron Leiber

6:30pm – 8:30pm, The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord, MA
What's the best way to handle allowance? What are you supposed to say when your child asks you how much money you make? Which kids need a smartphone or a car, if any? What should kids know about why and how we give our money away? Ron Leiber's presentation addressesall of these practical questions and more but also draws straight lines between our conversations abuot money and how we teach and imprint our values, whether we know we're doing it or not. This event is free, but pre-registration is required and a wait list is expected. This is a grown-ups only event. For more information or to register, please see our Speaker Series page: http://discoverymuseums.org/speaker-series 

Thursday, February 25

Celebrate National Engineering Week: AutomoBoats

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us at the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week!  Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Is it a car? Is it a sailboat? You’ll be blown away as you construct a simple vehicle that’s part car, part sailboat!  National Engineering Week activities are sponsored by Raytheon.

Friday, February 26

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.

Celebrate National Engineering Week: Tinfoil Ferries

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Join us at the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week! Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Investigate floating by building tinfoil boats and loading them with pennies until they sink. Time to roll up the shirtsleeves and dive in!  National Engineering Week activities are sponsored by Raytheon.

Saturday, February 27

Crazy Cams and Cranks with Visiting Artist Kim Bernard

Drop-in 10:00am – 4:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Come and create your own cardboard toys with visiting artist Kim Bernard.  Build simple mechanisms, using rough and ready materials to create small kinetic sculptures that bounce, bob, spin, wiggle and wobble. Funded by Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.