January Programs

Friday, January 1 – Both museums OPEN 12:00pm – 8:30pm

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, January 2

Everyday Engineering: Pasta Challenge

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Pasta isn’t for eating today. What’s the longest, tallest, most unique structure you can create using uncooked spaghetti? Bring new meaning to “play with your food”!

Tuesday, January 5

PEEP Science Adventures: Little Builders

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Young children love to build. Join us to explore structure and design by building with many different kinds of materials. What material works best for making a bridge for toy cars? What works best for making a tall tower? What is it about the item's material, shape, or size that makes it work so well for the job? © 2015 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.

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/ASDJan2016 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, Nypro and The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program.

Wednesday, January 6

National Bean Day!

Drop-in 10:00am-11:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Beans are one of the longest cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BC! Green, red, dark red, kidney, Lima, soy are just a few of the different kinds of beans that are recognized and celebrated on National Bean Day.  A very healthy choice for any meal or snack, they are also an excellent source of fiber and protein are low in fat and are high in complex carbohydrates, folate and iron. Beans come in all sorts of interesting shapes, colors, sizes and smells. Create a marvelous mosaic with these wonderful gifts from nature to celebrate National bean Day with us!

Backyard and Beyond: Bring the Night Sky Inside

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Make your own piece of the night sky to decorate your room.  We’ll be learning about constellations and making our own constellation posters with black construction paper and glow in the dark stars. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Thursday, January 7

Thursday’s Tales

11:00am – 11:20am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Icy Investigations

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm 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!

Friday, January 8

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.

Saturday, January 9

Backyard and Beyond: Nature Journaling

11:00am Science Discovery Museum
Explore the natural world through science, art, and writing. We’ll be making nature journals and then taking them on a nature walk through the Great Hill conservation land. If you’ve made a nature journal with us before, bring it to add new activity pages. Please note that the conservation land 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. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Tuesday, January 12

Happy Teeth

Drop-in 10:00am-11:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Do you know how to make your teeth happy?  We are going to have some fun today exploring brushing and flossing!

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, January 13

Make A MESS: Fuzzy Glue Drawing

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Use different colors of yarn and draw a picture with a glue to create your unique fuzzy yarn picture.

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.

Backyard and Beyond: What’s the Weather Wednesday

3:00pm Science 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, January 14

Thursday’s Tales

11:00am – 11:20am 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. Uncover the connection between nanotechnology and the art of stained glass windows. Explore how technologies and society influence each other, and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.

Friday, January 15

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, January 16

Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame with Meteorologist Mish Michaels

11:00am Science Discovery Museum
Join us for a special visit from local meteorologist and author Mish Michaels as she reads from her children’s book Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame. Learn how Ms. G, who lives at nearby Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (a Mass Audubon site), became the state’s official groundhog. Copies of Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame will be available for purchase and signing by Ms. Michaels. To learn more about the book and author visit: www.mastategroundhog.com. This program is sponsored by Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (www.massaudubon.org).

Sunday, January 17

LEGO ZONE

Drop-in All Day, Science Discovery Museum
You bring your imagination and we will supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at one of our LEGO challenges or build your own unique vision. Add your creation to our community display to inspire your fellow visitors!

Monday, January 18 – 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.

LEGO ZONE

Drop-in All Day, Science Discovery Museum

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

Tuesday, January 19

Peep Science Adventures: Reusing

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am 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? © 2015 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.

Wednesday, January 20

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, January 21

Thursday’s Tales

11:00am – 11:20am 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, January 22

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, January 23

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 Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children

5:00pm – 8:30pm Both Museums Open
Join in all the fun during this special free evening for families with deaf or hard of hearing children in conjunction with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Children's Hospital Boston. ASL Interpreters will be available. Dinner will be provided. Pre-registration required. Visit http://bit.ly/DHHJan2016 to register.

Food generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton. 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.

Sunday, January 24

Backyard and Beyond: Bring the Night Sky Inside

Drop-in 11:00am – 1:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Make your own piece of the night sky to decorate your room.  We’ll be learning about constellations and making our own constellation posters with black construction paper and glow in the dark stars. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Tuesday, January 26

Make a MESS: Fabric Painting

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
How is painting on fabric the same or different as painting on paper? Explore the unique textures of fabric with different paints and brushes.

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.

Wednesday, January 27

Backyard and Beyond: Let It Snow

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Whether or not it happens to be snowing outside, we’ll be investigating snowflakes in this program all about the white fluffy stuff. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Thursday, January 28

National Kazoo Day!

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Make some noise for National Kazoo Day! Join us as we craft some of our own unique noisemakers, from sound sandwiches to laughing cups, in honor of this much-buzzed-about holiday.

Thursday’s Tales

11:00am – 11:20am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Friday, January 29

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, January 30

Whoooo are your Neighbors? Discovering Owls with Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Drop-in 12:00 pm-2:00 pm Science Discovery Museum
Enjoy a unique opportunity to see these birds of prey up close with a trained naturalist from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Handle natural history artifacts as you learn about the unique owls that live in your neighborhood. 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.