January Programs

 

Thursday, January 2

Make A MESS: Testing Textures

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Smooth and silky or rough and ragged? Explore paint and texture as we make a new creation.

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.

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, January 3

Peep Science Adventures: Flying Paper Airplanes

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Create and decorate your own paper airplane and then we'll put them through a flight test! © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.Sponsored by Hologic and MEFA’s U.Fund and Fidelity Investments.    

Icy Investigations

Drop-in 2:00 pm – 4:30 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!

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, January 4

FETCH!™ Hang Time!

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

Time to drop everything. Really! Build some copters and race them. The winner hits the ground LAST. Look out below! © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Tuesday, January 7

Try It Out Tuesday

10:00 am 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

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/ASDJan14 to register. Funding is provided by Hologic, The Yawkey Foundations, DCU for Kids, 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.

Wednesday, January 8

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, January 9

The Return of Silly Sock Puppets!

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Cut, design, glue, and imagine! What characteristics and attributes will your sock puppet have? Back by popular demand, come use our special selection of tools and materials to create a character that we can create a story about, and then share during story time.

Thursday’s Tales – Sock Puppet Stories

11:00 am Children’s Discovery Museum      

Join us for our weekly story time. Today we’ll share the sock puppet characters and adventures we created this morning along with some favorite books.

FETCH! Set It Straight

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

What do you get when you put a paper tube and a ruler together? Build a tabletop seesaw and teach it some new tricks. Whoever thought seesaws could be so tricky?

© 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Friday, January 10

Design! Build! KEVA! – New Exhibit Opening Day

1:00 pm Science Discovery Museum

Our new traveling exhibit opens today! What will you build with 15,000 KEVA planks? Every hardwood maple KEVA plank is the same—no sorting, no glue, no special pieces, no connectors—just simple stacking. KEVA masterpieces tend to evolve as you build and get new ideas. Will your 5 inch tall sculpture morph into a 5-foot tall tower? Come build and find out!  KEVA will only be here until mid-May. 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 Warmth

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

Do you ever wonder how animals keep warm? Test the insulating properties of feathers, fur, and fat 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.

Saturday, January 11

Make a MESS: Let It Snow!

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

Can you tell the difference between a snowflake and a snow-fake? Discover the science and math behind snow as you create your own snowy masterpieces to take home. Beware of imposter snowflakes! 

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

5:00 pm – 8:30 pm  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. Pre-registration required. Visit http://bit.ly/Esp4MeDHHJan14 to register. Food generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton. Funding provided by Hologic, The Yawkey Foundations, DCU for Kids, 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.

Sunday, January 12

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, January 14

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, January 15

FETCH!™ Hang Time!

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

Time to drop everything. Really! Build some copters and race them. The winner hits the ground LAST. Look out below! © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Thursday, January 16

PEEP Science Adventures: Little Builders

Drop-in 10:00 am 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? © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation. Sponsored by Hologic and MEFA’s U.Fund and Fidelity Investments.     

Thursday’s Tales – Construction Junction

11:00 am Children’s Discovery Museum

Join us for our weekly story time. Today’s stories will focus on trucks and building. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!    

Friday, January 17

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.

Free Evening to Celebrate the Opening of Design! Build! KEVA!  

4:30 pm – 8:30 pm Science Discovery Museum Open with free admission

Join us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibit, Design! Build! KEVA!, with free admission to the Science Discovery Museum. What will you build with 15,000 KEVA planks? Every hardwood maple KEVA plank is the same—no sorting, no glue, no special pieces, no connectors—just simple stacking. KEVA will only be here until mid-May. 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, January 18

KEVA Construction Challenge!

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

Build bridges, construct castles and tinker with towers… Test your skills with special challenges to celebrate the opening of 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. Presented by the Boston Foundation for Architecture and JM Coull Inc, with additional support from Consulting Structural Engineer, Inc. and Interstate Electrical Services Corp.

Sunday, January 19

KEVA Construction Challenge!

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

Build bridges, construct castles and tinker with towers… Test your skills with special challenges to celebrate the opening of 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. Presented by the Boston Foundation for Architecture and JM Coull Inc, with additional support from Consulting Structural Engineer, Inc. and Interstate Electrical Services Corp.

Monday, January 20

Both Museums OPEN 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Celebrate the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

10:00 am to 12:00 pm Children’s Discovery Classroom

Come to the museum today as we talk about freedom and dreams for the future as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be creating white doves and adding our dreams for the future onto our Dream Tree.

KEVA Construction Challenge!

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

Build bridges, construct castles and tinker with towers… Test your skills with special challenges to celebrate the opening of 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. 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, January 21

Try It Out Tuesday

10:00 am 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!

FETCH! Set It Straight

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

What do you get when you put a paper tube and a ruler together? Build a tabletop seesaw and teach it some new tricks. Whoever thought seesaws could be so tricky?

© 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Wednesday, January 22

Moms Rock – Beyond Brushes

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Moms—and grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and others—are amazing and spectacular!  Use different items to paint with besides brushes to create new and unexpected lines, textures, and patterns to create 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, January 23

Make a MESS: Happy Teeth

Drop-in 10:00 am 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!

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.

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!

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.

Friday, January 24

Pocket Tech

Drop-in 2:00 pm – 4:30 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.

Saturday, January 25

Original Origami

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

Tuesday, January 28

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, January 29

National Puzzle Day

Make A MESS: Personal Puzzle 10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Prepare and put together your own personal puzzle! 

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.

National Puzzle Day Celebration!

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

Come celebrate National Puzzle Day! Try your hand at classic puzzle games and exercise your brain with a variety of picture, math and word puzzles. Make a simple tangram puzzle to take home.

Thursday, January 30

Celebrate the Chinese New Year!

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Join us as we learn about and prepare to celebrate the Year of the Horse! Make your very own Chinese New Year craft to take home with you.

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!

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.

Friday, January 31

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.