May Programs

Sunday, May 1

Backyard and Beyond: May Day

Drop-in 11:00am – 1:00pm
Join us in Fairyborough to celebrate the ancient holiday of May Day!  We’ll be making nature crowns and nature weavings to celebrate springtime. This program is weather dependent. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Outer-Space Science with Brandeis University

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Join students from Brandeis University for fun, hands-on activities that are out of this world! Tap into your inner astronaut as you whip-up some galactic goo; discover how much you would weigh on the moon, and more.

Tuesday, May 3

PEEP Science Adventures: Many Shades of Paint

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Let’s experiment with creating different shades of color with white paint! How many new colors will you create? © 2016 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 here http://bit.ly/ASDMay2016 as space is limited.

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, The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program, Nypro, Cambridge Savings Bank and several Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils.

Wednesday, May 4

Storytime

10:30am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Thursday, May 5

Make a MESS: Gold Rush!

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
We struck gold right here in our Museums’ sandbox! Strap on safety goggles and help us pan for “gold” by sifting through the sand in search of treasure. Sort your loot by size and bottle it to take home as a souvenir. Program location is weather dependent.

LEGO ZONE

Drop-in 1:00pm – 4:30pm 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!

Friday, May 6

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 may include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the conservation land adjacent to the Museums.  All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

LEGO ZONE

Drop-in 1:00pm – 4:30pm 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!

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, May 7

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!

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. Dinner, including gluten free options, provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton. Pre-registration required here http://bit.ly/Esp4MeVisualMay2016  as space is limited.

Jam with us at 5:30pm and again at 6:30pm. A Music Therapist from Indian Hill Music School will be on site to play and perform with you!                            

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 8  Happy Mother’s Day! All Moms and Grandmothers Enjoy Free Admission!


Tuesday, May 10

Doggy Days: Welcome Abby!

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Abby is soft and furry, has four legs, and loves to make friends with people of all ages! She’s a certified Therapy Dog from the Pets & People Foundation, which means she’s happy to meet both enthusiastic dog-lovers and anyone who’s curious but might be shy.

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 11

Storytime

10:30am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Backyard and Beyond: Flower Pressing

Drop-in 11:00am – 12:00pm Children’s Discovery Museum
Mix art and nature with us! Learn how to press and preserve flowers and leaves with common household materials. Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Thursday, May 12

Peep Science Adventures: Bead Patterns

Drop-in 10:00am11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Organize our collection of beads by sorting them into different categories. Can you make a necklace by creating a repeating pattern?  What patterns or colors will you choose? © 2016 WGBH Educational Foundation Sponsored by Emerson Hospital.

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, May 13

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 may include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the conservation land adjacent to the Museums.  All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Make a MESS: Kitchen Chemistry

Drop-in 2:00pm-4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
A dash of this and a sprinkle of that. A pinch of that and a smidge of this. Experiment with common household ingredients to create solutions that bubble and fizz, and substances that squish and slime. 

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.

Saturday, May 14

Wild Animals in Your Neighborhood with Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Drop-in 11:00am – 1:00pm Science Discovery Museum
Enjoy a unique opportunity to see native animals up close with a trained naturalist from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Handle natural history artifacts 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.

Spring Concert with Precious Metals Flute Ensemble- CANCELLED

2:00pm-3:00pm Science Discovery Museum - CANCELLED
Join the Precious Metals Flute Ensemble for a Spring-inspired performance! This unique ensemble will be presenting a program that includes music fun for all ages like Flutes and Vegetables, Vivaldi's Spring from the Four Seasons, Hungarian Folk Dance Friska by Franz Liszt (feel free to dance along!), and many more! To learn more about the Precious Metals Flute Ensemble, visit http://pmfluteensemble.weebly.com 

Tuesday, May 17

Dress Up Your Stuffed Pet Day

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Bring your favorite stuffed pet to the Museum today! We’ll be exploring clothing, fabric, and lacing with yarn and thread. You can even design some fun clothes for your furry friend using safe and fun materials.

Wednesday, May 18

Storytime

10:30am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

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 dependent. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Our walk will meet outside of the Children’s Discovery Museum. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

We welcome visitors joining us from Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures Week this day. Learn more http://www.discoverhiddentreasures.org/.

Thursday, May 19

Fantastic, Fascinating Flowers

Drop-in 10:00am-11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
April showers have brought May flowers! Go beyond a flower’s petals while dissecting and uncovering its insides. Then, mix and match the parts from your flower with others to create your very own fantastic flora.

Flower Take Aparts

Drop-in 2:00pm to 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
April showers have brought May flowers! 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.

Friday, May 20

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 may include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the conservation land adjacent to the Museums.  All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

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. Experience the unique substance known as oobleck and sink your hands into some kinetic sand. Explore how technologies and society influence each other, and discover the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.

Saturday, May 21

Backyard and Beyond: Birds of a Feather

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Science Discovery Museum
What makes an animal a bird?  It’s the feathers!  Birds are the only animals that have feathers and feathers are amazing body parts.  Come learn about all the wonderful properties of feathers with us. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Sunday, May 22

Especially for Me! Free Evening for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

3:30pm – 7:00pm Both Museums Open
Come join in all the fun and explore both museums during this special evening for families with children on the autism spectrum. Please note this event overlaps with public hours, but admission is free with pre-registration. Dinner, including gluten free options, provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Pre-registration required here http://bit.ly/Esp4MeMay2016 as space is limited.

Jam with us at 5:00pm and again at 6:00pm. A Music Therapist from Indian Hill Music School will be on site to play and perform with you!

Food, including gluten free options, generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton. 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, The Acton-Boxborough United Way Youth in Philanthropy Program, Nypro, Cambridge Savings Bank and several Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils.

Tuesday, May 24

Celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day! Fairyborough Trail Hunt

All day, outdoors The Discovery Museums
I spy with my little eyes…Strange things have been popping up in Fairyborough. 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.

Wednesday, May 25

Storytime

10:30am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Join us for our weekly story time. We’ll bring the books; you bring your imagination!

Backyard and Beyond: Mosses and Lichens

11:00am Conservation Land and Children’s Discovery Museum
Mosses and Lichens are some of the power-houses of the forest, helping to decompose leaves, logs, and even boulders into soil for new trees to grow in.  Join us for a quick walk on the Great Hill Conservation Land to collect some mosses and lichens and then bring them back to the Museums to make an art project with your finds.  Please note that these trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing – this program is weather and conditions dependent. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Our walk will meet outside of the Children’s Discovery Museum. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Thursday, May 26

Everyday Engineering: Straw Structures

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. We’ll explore shapes, structures and so much more with the help of just straws and pipe cleaners. The materials are simple, the possibilities are endless!

Everyday Engineering: Straw Structures

Drop-in 2:00pm – 4:30pm Science Discovery Museum
Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. We’ll explore shapes, structures and so much more with the help of just straws and pipe cleaners. The materials are simple, the possibilities are endless!

Friday, May 27

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 may include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the conservation land adjacent to the Museums.  All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-5 year olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not handicap or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://actontrails.org/DescGreatHill.htm. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Saturday, May 28

Backyard Builders

Drop-in 11:00am – 2:00pm Children’s Discovery Museum Lawn
Blankets and boxes become forts, castles, spaceships, and more!!! Design, build, and explore as we fill the museum’s yard with one of a kind structures. This program is weather dependent.

Tuesday, May 31

Make a MESS: Build-a-Brush

Drop-in 10:00am – 11:00am Children’s Discovery Museum
Paintbrushes are specifically designed to help create different types of lines and shapes. Using a variety of different materials, let’s see what types of brushes we can create! Big or small? Hard or soft? Each material will change your brush and how it is used.

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.