February Programs

Tuesday, February 3

Make a MESS: Up, Up, and Away!

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

How tall of a structure can we create using different materials? Can you make something that is as tall as you using only paper? What about blocks? Do you think we can build something that touches the ceiling? Don’t worry if it comes crashing down, sometimes that is half the fun!

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/ASDFeb2015 to register. Funded by Yawkey Foundations, The Foundation for Metrowest, Deluxe Corporation Foundation, DCU for Kids, 3M Company, The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation, The Adelard A. Roy and Valdea Lea Roy Foundation, The Bruins Foundation, and The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program.

Wednesday, February 4

Happy Tu B’Shevat!

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Happy New Year to the trees! Tu B’Shevat is a Jewish holiday which celebrates nature, growth, and the revival of nature. We’ll make cards, presents, and decorations for some of the special trees across our campus. Try making paper with seeds in it to bring home as a gift for a special tree of your own.

Thursday, February 5

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. Experience the unique substance known as oobleck and discover something invisible appear right before your eyes. Explore how technologies and society influence each other, and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.

Friday, February 6

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.

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.

Saturday, February 7

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. Pre-registration required. Visit http://bit.ly/Esp4MeFeb2015 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.

Sunday, February 8

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, February 10

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!

Try It Out Tuesday

2:00pm – 4:30pm 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, February 11

Peep Science Adventures: Reusing

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Explore the possibilities of reusing what we usually throw away or recycle.  What kind of treasure can you create out of what people usually consider trash? Sponsored by Emerson Hospital. © 2015 WGBH Educational Foundation

Thursday, February 12

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 Warmth

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

Do you ever wonder how animals keep warm? Test the insulating properties of feathers, fur, fat and fleece, and see how leaves and dirt provide insulation for nests and burrows. Experiment with different fabrics to discover how jackets and gloves keep you warm.

Friday, February 13

Great Hill Exploration

10:00am and 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.

Saturday, February 14

February Festivities: Valentine’s Day

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm 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.

Sunday, February 15

February Festivities: Happy Birthday Galileo!

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

Join us as we celebrate the birthday of physicist, mathematician, astronomer, engineer and philosopher, Galileo Galilei. We’ll investigate balls and ramps and explore other activities inspired by Galileo’s own experiments. 

Monday, February 16

February Festivities: President’s Day

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

How many Abraham Lincolns can you balance on a ruler? Can you make Thomas Jefferson turn colors? In honor of President’s Day we’ll be enlisting help from some of our nation’s former leaders for some presidential style science.

Tuesday, February 17

February Festivities: Mini Mardi Gras

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

Get ready to make some noise as we celebrate the beginning of Mardi Gras! Construct your own noise makers, engineer hats and design colorful masks to help you celebrate the holiday in style.

Wednesday, February 18

February Festivities: Pluto Day

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

On February 18, 1930 Clyde Tombaugh of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona discovered what was then considered the ninth planet – Pluto. Now a dwarf planet, we’ll honor this celestial discovery by making straw powered rockets. Where in the galaxy will your rocket take you?

Thursday, February 19

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!                     

February Festivities: Celebrate Chinese New Year

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

Join us as we learn about and celebrate the Year of the Goat! We’ll construct traditional elements important in the Chinese New Year celebration, including kites, lanterns and red envelopes.

Friday, February 20

February Festivities: Toothpick Day

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

Did you know the first machine for manufacturing toothpicks as patented on February 20, 1872 by two inventors from Granville, Massachusetts? We’ll be using the small but versatile toothpick, along with other recycled and repurposed materials, to create unique structures and sculptures.

Saturday, February 21

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, February 22

Celebrate National Engineering Week: Tinfoil Ferries

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

Come join the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week! 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!

Tuesday, February 24

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!

Celebrate National Engineering Week: Under Pressure

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

Come join the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week! Is it possible to support a book with just one sheet of paper? Find out as we put our engineering skills to the test.

Adult & Teen Book Discussion

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Discovery Museum

Participate in a lively discussion of the book How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by bestselling author Steven Johnson. This book accompanies the PBS series by the same name and explores the legacy of great ideas and their path through history, which sometimes leads to surprising innovations and unintended consequences. 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.

Wednesday, February 25

Make a MESS: Patternpalooza

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Let’s explore patterns together. We will follow patterns and create our own. We’ll explore patterns through lots of different materials and have lots of fun!

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.

Celebrate National Engineering Week: Set It Straight

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

Come join the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week! Construct a tabletop seesaw and test its balance with stacks of pennies. Can you set your simple machine straight?

Thursday, February 26

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!

Celebrate National Engineering Week: Take Aparts

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

Come join the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week! 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, February 27

Peep Science Adventures: Shades of Green

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Emerald green, olive green, moss, seaweed, chartreus, there are so many different kinds of green! Explore sorting and making different shades of green. Are some lighter or darker? Are some more yellow or blue? Help mix and name your very own shade! Sponsored by Emerson Hospital. © 2015 WGBH Educational Foundation

Celebrate National Engineering Week: Blown Away

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

Come join the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week! Is it a car? Is it a sailboat? You’ll be blown away as you construct a vehicle that’s part car, part sailboat!

Saturday, February 28

Celebrate National Engineering Week: To the Rescue!

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

Come join the Science Discovery Museum as we celebrate National Engineering Week! Can you recover some precious cargo? Come to the rescue and design different hooks that can grab capsules out of the water.