January Programs

 

Thursday, January 1

CLOSED

Friday, January 2

Block Party

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

What will you build with our collection of different blocks? Mix giant wooden blocks with Duplo bricks, or Mega blocks with Kapla blocks. Let your creativity build away!

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”!

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, January 3

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”!

Sunday, January 4

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 6

Make A MESS: Sink and Float

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Different objects, different sizes, different weights…do you know which ones will sink or float? Experiment with a variety of materials as we explore what keeps some things floating on top of the water, while others sink quickly to the bottom.

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/ASDJan2015 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, January 7

Peep Science Adventures: Observing Sticky Things

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Gummy, goopy, tacky, and gloopy.  Size-up some sticky substances as you explore these slimy materials! Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.  © 2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Thursday, January 8

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!

Friday, January 9

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.

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.

Saturday, January 10

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 different forms of salt, sand and watercolors on the cold stuff. Discover how cool science can be!

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. Pre-registration required. Visit http://bit.ly/DHHJan2015 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 11

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, January 13

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!

Wednesday, January 14

Happy Teeth

Drop-in 10:00am 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!

Tinytropolis

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

Join us as we design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.  This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 5 days.

Thursday, January 15

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!

Tinytropolis

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

Join us as we design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.  This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 5 days.

Saturday, January 17

Tinytropolis

Drop-in 11:00am – 4:00pm Science Discovery Museum

Join us as we design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.  This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 5 days.

Sunday, January 18

Tinytropolis

Drop-in 11:00am – 4:00pm Science Discovery Museum

Join us as we design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.  This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 5 days.

Monday, January 19

Tinytropolis

Drop-in 11:00am – 4:00pm Science Discovery Museum

Join us as we design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.  This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 5 days.

Tuesday, January 20

PEEP Science Adventures: Mixing Colors

10:00am  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! Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.  © 2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.

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 21

Make A MESS: Exploring Ice

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Together, we can explore the many properties of ice. How fast can it melt? How long can we save it in a warm room? Can we paint with it? Does it float? Can it sink?

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, January 22

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. Experiment with a metal that remembers its shape and see if you can make a nickel change colors. Explore how technologies and society influence each other, and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.

Friday, January 23

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.

Tuesday, January 27

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!

Wednesday, January 28

Let It Snow!

Drop-in 11:00am - 2:00pm 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. Beware of imposter snowflakes! 

Thursday, January 29

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 Puzzle Day!

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm 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.

Friday, January 30

Take Aparts

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

Are you curious about what’s inside telephones, computers and other household objects? Grab a screwdriver and discover resistors, capacitors and circuit boards as you uncover the inner workings of everyday electronics. Sponsored by Analog Devices, Inc.

Saturday, January 31

Make a MESS: Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

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

Join us as we discover our inner artists while celebrating Inspire Your Heart with Art Day! We’ll experiment with resist painting, watercolors and salt, and creating mirror images. How will you be inspired?

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.