May Programs

 

Thursday, May 1

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!

Pocket Tech

Drop-in 2:00 pm – 4:30pm 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.

Friday, May 2

KEVA Constructions

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Haven’t been able to visit the KEVA exhibit at the Science Discovery Museum? Come see what all the fun is about as we borrow a few thousand KEVA planks to build and construct with. Presented by the Boston Foundation for Architecture and JM Coull Inc, with additional support from Consulting Structural Engineer, Inc. and Interstate Electrical Services Corp.

First Friday Nights Free! Featuring Stop & Shop Nutritionist, Julie Menounos

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 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.

SMART Gals: Produce Painting for Kids with Stop & Shop Nutritionist, Julie Menounos, MS, RD, LDN

Drop-in 4:30pm – 7:00pm Science Discovery Museum

Join Stop & Shop in-store nutritionist, Julie Menounos, MS, RD, LDN for an evening of hands-on fun. Come by to learn about the different forms of fruits and vegetables and paint a Mother's Day card with them. You will never look at celery the same! A SMART Gals program, offered with support from Tom and Cheryl Beaudoin, Bruce Enders and Liyu Yang, Stephen and Susan Giulietti, Lynne Osborn, Carolyn and Andy Platt, Steve and Nancy Steinberg. Thank you!

Sunday, May 4

Meet the Scientists!  

Drop in 12:00pm – 3:00pm Science Discovery Museum

What’s it like to be a scientist?  Find out in this special program when you talk to real scientists and do the hands-on activities they’ve developed. Discover why they find science cool and exciting while learning about their research and interests in chemistry, biology, physics, and more. This event is led by scientists participating in our Portal to the Public program. http://discoverymuseums.org/programs-events/portal-public .

Tuesday, May 6

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!

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/ASDMay2014 to register. Funded by Yawkey Foundations, The Foundation for Metrowest, DCU for Kids, Morgan Stanley, The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation, The Adelard A. Roy and Valdea Lea Roy Foundation, The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program, and The Fenn School Youth in Philanthropy Program, a program of the Foundation for MetroWest.

Exploring Nano: The Smallest Science

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

Join us for hands-on educational programs about nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Experience the unique substance known as oobleck and discover how liquids can defy gravity. Explore the nano in your everyday life and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.

Wednesday, May 7

Peep Science Adventures: Tracing Shadows

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Shadows are everywhere! What makes a shadow bigger, smaller, or change shape?  Let’s run, dance, and chase after shadows as we explore and learn together. *This program is weather permitting. © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation

Thursday, May 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!

Flower Take Aparts

Drop-in 2:00pm to 4:30pm Science Discovery Building

April showers bring May flowers…Join us as we explore the inner workings of flowers. Dissect a flower and create a mini flower journal to take home and use as you discover and observe the flowers in your own backyard. 

Friday, May 9

Mother’s Day Papermaking

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

Explore the science of papermaking as you design and create your own Mother’s Day card to share with Mom, Grandmom, or someone special this weekend.

Saturday, May 10

Make a MESS: Foamy Fun

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Bessie’s Tent

Don’t let the name fool you – today we will be having some good, clean fun! Join us as we experiment and create unique, foamtastic works of art using shaving cream and bubbles. 

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

5:30 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/Esp4MeMay14 to register.  Food, including gluten free options, 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, May 13

Make a MESS: Mixed Media

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Let’s explore the different qualities and attributes of various materials. What will you create when you put together multiple materials that commonly aren’t combined?

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.

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!

Thursday, May 15

KEVA Constructions

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Haven’t been able to visit the KEVA exhibit at the Science Discovery Museum? Come see what all the fun is about as we borrow a few thousand KEVA planks to build and construct with. Presented by the Boston Foundation for Architecture and JM Coull Inc, with additional support from Consulting Structural Engineer, Inc. and Interstate Electrical Services Corp.

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, May 16

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.

FETCH! Eat Like a Bird

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

Now that the birds are back for the warmer weather, discover what it really means to “eat like a bird”! Learn how beak type relates to what a bird eats and where it lives. It's feeding time! © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Saturday, May 17

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 as we say farewell to our 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, May 18

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, May 20

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, May 21

Make a MESS: Dress Up Your Stuffed Animal

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Bring along your favorite stuffed pet today as we read Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett. Afterwards we’ll design and create some fun clothes for your furry friend.   

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, May 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!

Take Aparts

Drop-in 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm 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, May 23

Native Animals and Nature Walk with Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Drop-in 2:00pm - 4:00pm Bessie’s Tent

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see native animals up close with a trained naturalist from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Handle natural history artifacts and explore the museum grounds as you learn about the birds, reptiles, and mammals that live in your neighborhood. For more information about The Blue Hills Trailside Museum, visit www.massaudubon.org. The Nature Walk portion of the activity will be weather dependent. Trail is not handicap accessible. This “All About Animals” program is sponsored by the Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund.   

Saturday, May 24

Celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day! Woodland Trail Search

All day, outdoors The Discovery Museums

I spy with my little eyes…Strange things have been popping up on the Woodland Trail at The Discovery Museums. Head to the path to see if you can spot what is out of place. Are some things harder to find than others? Put your skills of observation to the test and find out! Trail is not handicap accessible. This program is weather dependent.

Sunday, May 25

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 design. Add your creation to our community display to inspire your fellow visitors!

 

Monday, May 26 - CLOSED

 

Tuesday, May 27

Make a MESS: Sandbox City

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom

Using sand, water, and simple tools, help design and build an entire city out of sand. How does each piece of the city connect together? How tall a building can you create? *This program is weather dependent.

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.

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, May 28

Peep Science Adventures: Blowing Bubbles

10:00 am Children’s Discovery Museum

Bubbles are fun outdoor activity! Join us today as we explore the interesting properties of bubbles and see if we can make a giant one! *This program is weather permitting, bubbles and rain don’t play well together. © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation

Thursday, May 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!

FETCH! Eat Like a Bird

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

Now that the birds are back for the warmer weather, discover what it really means to “eat like a bird”! Learn how beak type relates to what a bird eats and where it lives. It's feeding time! © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Friday, May 30

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.

Exploring Nano: The Smallest Science

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

Join us for hands-on educational programs about nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Experience the unique substance known as oobleck and discover how liquids can defy gravity. Explore the nano in your everyday life and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.