February Programs

 

Saturday, February 1

Make a MESS: Icy Investigations

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

Brrrr…Things are getting chilly at the Science Discovery Museum. Experiment with ice and investigate the effects of sand, salt, ice melt, and Magic Salt on the cold stuff. 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

5:00 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://bit.ly/Esp4MeFeb14 to register.  Food generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton. Funding is provided by The Yawkey Foundations, Morgan Stanley Foundation, Foundation for MetroWest, and Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy and The Fenn School Youth in Philanthropy Program, a program of the Foundation for MetroWest.

Tuesday, February 4

Make a MESS: Winter Homes

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Create a winter masterpiece as we use geometric shapes to make a snow speckled home. Rectangles, triangles, circles and hexagons, what shape will your house 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.

ASD Friendly Afternoons

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 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/ASDFeb14 to register. Funding is provided by The Yawkey Foundations, Morgan Stanley Foundation, Foundation for MetroWest, and Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy and The Fenn School Youth in Philanthropy Program, a program of the Foundation for MetroWest.

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.

Thursday, February 6

Peep Science Adventures: Observing Sticky Things

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Gummy, goopy, tacky, and gloopy. Size-up some sticky substances as you explore these slimy materials! © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Hologic and MEFA’s U.Fund and Fidelity Investments.     

Thursday’s Tales

11:00 am Children’s Discovery Museum

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

Friday, February 7

Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

To celebrate the beginning of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia we are going to have our very own opening ceremonies! What real or imaginary country would you be from? Make a flag and line up for a parade around the museum.

FETCH!™ Kaleid-O-Mania

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

Create a swirling, whirling kaleidoscope of colors. Use reflections, light, and your artistic talents to craft your own dazzling kaleidoscope. © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

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 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.

Saturday, February 8

Pocket Tech

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00 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, February 9

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, February 11

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, February 12

Make A MESS: Super Sounds

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Loud and soft. Deep and high. Play with sounds today as we discover what it takes to change a sound.

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.

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.

Thursday, February 13

Moms Rock: Valentine’s Day Cards

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Moms—and grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and others—are amazing and spectacular!  Join us today for a fun Valentine’s Day craft complete with hearts and glitter for the special person in your life! Sponsored by Hologic.

Valentine’s Day Tales

11:00 am Children’s Discovery Museum

Share some stories about friends and love on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day: Simply Engineered

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

Use simple engineering and your creativity to make one of a kind Valentines to share with family and friends.

Friday, February 14

Meet Buddy Love To Be Rescheduled

Moms Rock: Valentine’s Day Cards

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Moms—and grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and others—are amazing and spectacular!  Join us today for a fun Valentine’s Day craft complete with hearts and glitter for the special person in your life! Sponsored by Hologic.

Wild Animals in Your Neighbrrrrhood! with Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Drop-in 3:00 – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum

How does the local wildlife survive these long 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.   

Saturday, February 15

Celebrate National Engineering Week: LEGO ZONE

Drop-in All Day Science Discovery Museum

Come to the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week with one of our most popular programs! Bring your imagination and create your vision with our endless supply of LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique design. Add your creation to our community display to inspire your fellow visitors!

Sunday, February 16

Celebrate National Engineering Week: LEGO ZONE

Drop-in All Day Science Discovery Museum

Come join the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week! 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, February 17 Both Museums OPEN 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Celebrate National Engineering Week - KEVA Construction Challenge: Bridge Building!

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

From cantilever, to trestle, to covered, try your hand at building a variety of bridges alongside museum staff members in our new traveling exhibit, Design! Build! KEVA! We’ll have 15,000 KEVA planks on hand for creating and engineering. Every hardwood maple KEVA plank is the same—no sorting, no glue, no special pieces, no connectors—just simple stacking. What will you build? Presented by the Boston Foundation for Architecture and JM Coull Inc, with additional support from Consulting Structural Engineer, Inc. and Interstate Electrical Services Corp.

Tuesday, February 18 Both Museums OPEN 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Celebrate National Engineering Week - KEVA Construction Challenge: Tall Towers!

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

Challenge yourself to build the tallest tower you can alongside museum staff members in our new traveling exhibit, Design! Build! KEVA! Will yours be measured in inches or feet? The sky’s the limit! We’ll have 15,000 KEVA planks on hand for creating and engineering. Every hardwood maple KEVA plank is the same—no sorting, no glue, no special pieces, no connectors—just simple stacking. What will you build?Presented by the Boston Foundation for Architecture and JM Coull Inc, with additional support from Consulting Structural Engineer, Inc. and Interstate Electrical Services Corp.

Wednesday, February 19 Both Museums OPEN 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Celebrate National Engineering Week - KEVA Construction Challenge: Ancient Architects!

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

Design and construct something inspired by ancient structures, or, create your very own modern marvel. Build alongside museum staff members in our new traveling exhibit, Design! Build! KEVA! We’ll have 15,000 KEVA planks on hand for creating and engineering. Every hardwood maple KEVA plank is the same—no sorting, no glue, no special pieces, no connectors—just simple stacking. What will you build?Presented by the Boston Foundation for Architecture and JM Coull Inc, with additional support from Consulting Structural Engineer, Inc. and Interstate Electrical Services Corp.

Winter Tree Walk

2:30 pm Science Discovery Museum

The trees may have lost their leaves, but there’s still so much to discover in a winter forest! Learn about these special plants from educator Frank Meehan. Make a mini twig collection and bring home resources to identify trees in your own backyard. Rain, shine, or light snow - please dress appropriately. Note: The outdoor portion of the program is not handicap accessible.

Thursday, February 20 Both Museums OPEN 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Celebrate National Engineering Week - KEVA Construction Challenge: KEVA and Cups!

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

KEVA and cups: two materials, endless possibilities. What will you create using only our KEVA planks and a stack of cups? Build alongside museum staff members in our new traveling exhibit, Design! Build! KEVA! We’ll have 15,000 KEVA planks on hand for creating and engineering. Every hardwood maple KEVA plank is the same—no sorting, no glue, no special pieces, no connectors—just simple stacking. What will you build? Presented by the Boston Foundation for Architecture and JM Coull Inc, with additional support from Consulting Structural Engineer, Inc. and Interstate Electrical Services Corp.

Friday, February 21 Both Museums OPEN 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Celebrate National Engineering Week - KEVA Construction Challenge: Marble Madness!

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

Build mini-marble runs using KEVA planks and assorted recycled materials alongside museum staff members in our new traveling exhibit, Design! Build! KEVA! We’ll have 15,000 KEVA planks on hand for creating and engineering. Every hardwood maple KEVA plank is the same—no sorting, no glue, no special pieces, no connectors—just simple stacking. What will you build? Presented by the Boston Foundation for Architecture and JM Coull Inc, with additional support from Consulting Structural Engineer, Inc. and Interstate Electrical Services Corp.

Saturday, February 22

Celebrate National Engineering Week: LEGO ZONE

Drop-in All Day Science Discovery Museum

Come to the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week with one of our most popular programs! Bring your imagination and create your vision with our endless supply of LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique design. Add your creation to our community display to inspire your fellow visitors!

Sunday, February 23

Celebrate National Engineering Week: LEGO ZONE

Drop-in All Day Science Discovery Museum

Come to the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week with one of our most popular programs! Bring your imagination and create your vision with our endless supply of LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique design. Add your creation to our community display to inspire your fellow visitors!

Tuesday, February 25

PEEP Science Adventures: Mixing Colors

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Peep is yellow, Quack is blue and Chirp is red. What happens when you use these color paints and mix them? Maybe you will create your own color in this messy activity! © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Hologic and MEFA’s U.Fund and Fidelity Investments.   

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, February 26

Moms Rock: Collage

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Moms—and grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and others—are amazing and spectacular!  Dig through our collection of paper in different sizes, shapes and colors to collage an image that shows one of the many ways in which they rock.  Take your artwork home with a special message for mom about staying healthy and strong. Sponsored by Hologic

Thursday, February 27

Thursday’s Tales

11:00 am Children’s Discovery Museum

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

FETCH!™ Kaleid-O-Mania

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

Create a swirling, whirling kaleidoscope of colors. Use reflections, light, and your artistic talents to craft your own dazzling kaleidoscope. © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Letters to a Young Scientist by E. O. Wilson.  Adult and Teen Book Discussion

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Discovery Classroom

Participate in a lively book discussion based on Letters to a Young Scientist by Pulitzer Prize winning biologist E. O. Wilson. Using autobiographical anecdotes, Wilson shares his wisdom through the successes, failures, and passion that motivates successful scientists. Sponsored by The Discovery Museums and the Acton-Boxborough Parent Involvement Project. www.actonpip.org. Teens and adults welcome. No fee, but pre-registration required. Call 978-264-4200 x 20. To borrow the book email actonpip@gmail.com.

Friday, February 28

Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette

9:30 am 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.

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.