May Programs

Friday, May 1

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.

Meet the Scientists! 

Drop in 6:00pm – 8:00pm 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 other fields. This event is led by scientists participating in our Portal to the Public program. http://discoverymuseums.org/programs-events/portal-public

Saturday, May 2

Design! Build! KEVA! Official Opening Day!

Drop-in 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Science Discovery Museum
Our traveling exhibit, Design! Build! KEVA! is back!  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.  Join us for our opening day for a chance to win a 200 piece KEVA set of your own! Participate in special KEVA challenges: KEVA and Cups. Two materials, endless possibilities. What will you create using only our KEVA planks and a stack of cups? And, KEVA Tall Towers. Challenge yourself to build the tallest tower you can. Will yours be measured in inches or feet? The sky’s the limit!\

Tuesday, May 5

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/ASDMay2015 to register.

Funded by Yawkey Foundations and the English Family Fund of the Foundation for MetroWest with additional support from the 3M Corporation, Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy, the Boston Bruins Foundation, the Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation, the Deluxe Corporation Foundation, the Morgan Stanley Foundation and the Nypro Foundation.

Wednesday, May 6

Make a MESS: Say it Ain’t Sew!

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Needles and thread, no need to be wary; for working with fabric really isn’t that scary! Find buttons of blue, magenta, and green, and perhaps try your hand at a sewing machine.

The Make a MESS (Math, Engineering, Science, & Stuff) program series uses the arts as an introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Funded by The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation.

Thursday, May 7

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. 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, May 8

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 9

KEVA Construction Challenge: Ancient Architects!

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Design and construct something inspired by ancient structures, or, create your very own modern marvel. Build alongside museum staff members in 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. What will you build?

Sunday, May 10

KEVA Construction Challenge: Bridge Building!

Drop-in 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Science Discovery Museum
From cantilever, to trestle, to covered, try your hand at building a variety of bridges alongside museum staff members in 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. What will you build?

Tuesday, May 12

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. Sponsored by Emerson Hospital. © 2015 WGBH Educational Foundation

Thursday, May 14

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 15

Birds of Prey with Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Drop-in 2:30pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Enjoy a unique opportunity to see some feathered friends up close with a trained naturalist from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Learn all about the different birds of prey that call Massachusetts home and handle natural history artifacts. 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.  

Saturday, May 16

Light and Shadow: Celebrating the International Year of Light

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
2015 is the International Year of Light! Today we will be exploring with light, shadow, liquid watercolors and more as you create unique artwork connecting the light and shadows we find all around us. To learn more about the International Year of Light visit: http://www.light2015.org/Home.html

Especially for Me! Free Evening for Families with Children with a Visual Impairment

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 with a visual impairment. Visitors of all ages may also drop in for a special workshop from Luminarium Dance Company from 6:00-7:30pm. Hear what happens when you twirl, jump, or simply lift an arm as Aristic Directors Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman guide participants through a series of movement exercises through a light sensor installation that triggers an array of musical chords and melodies created by Ed Bokhour. Dinner provided. Pre-registration required. Visit http://bit.ly/E4MeVMay2015 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, May 17

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 19

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

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 20

Peep Science Adventures: Tracing Shadows

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

Thursday, May 21

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 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Are you curious about what’s inside telephones and computers? Grab a screwdriver and discover resistors, capacitors, gears and more as you uncover the inner workings of everyday electronics. Take Aparts is sponsored by Analog Devices.

Friday, May 22

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, May 23

Make a MESS: Sticks and Stones

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Bessie’s Tent
Take a variety of natural materials, add a little paint and imagination, and you get some colorful creations. We’ll be looking around the museum grounds for inspiration as we create stick figures, stone creatures and more.

The Make a MESS (Math, Engineering, Science, & Stuff) program series uses the arts as an introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Funded by The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation.

Sunday, May 24

Celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day! Woodland Trail Hunt

All day, outdoors The Discovery Museums
Head to our Woodland Trail and put your skills for observation and exploration to the test. Inspired by the popular activity of letterboxing, we’ll provide all the clues you need to explore the trail…and uncover a few surprises along the way. Trail is not handicap accessible. This program is weather dependent.

Tuesday, May 26

Make a MESS: KEVA Design

10:00am Children’s Discovery Classroom
Haven’t been able to visit the KEVA exhibit at the Science Discovery Museum? Let’s make some blueprints of our designs as we borrow a few thousand KEVA planks to build with.

The Make a MESS (Math, Engineering, Science, & Stuff) program series uses the arts as an introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Funded by The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation.

Wednesday, May 27

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.

Thursday, May 28

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 29

Flower Take Aparts

Drop-in 2:00pm to 4:30pm Science Discovery Building
Go beyond a flower’s petals while dissecting and uncovering its insides. Challenge yourself to identify the different parts, then, mix and match the parts from your flower with others to create your very own fantastic flora.

Saturday, May 30

Backyard Builders

Drop-in 11:00am – 4:00pm Bessie’s Tent
From forts to fairyhouses, gnome homes to hide-a-ways - what will you build in the museums’ backyard?! Design, create, and explore as we head outside and turn recycled, repurposed and natural materials into one of a kind structures! Activities and location may change depending on weather. This program is part of our Backyard Builders series and is sponsored by The Boston Society of Architects Foundation.

Sunday, May 31

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. Visitors may also drop-in for a workshop from a practicing music therapist from Indian Hill Music between 5:30-7:00pm. 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/Esp4MeMay2015 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.