Wednesday, October 17, 2007

25th Anniversary Celebration at Discovery Museums in Acton

The Discovery Museums in Acton is celebrating its 25th year with a week-long celebration of fun, family events See the schedule below:
Saturday, October 20 – Celebrate and Song!
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Gene Stamell Performs Outside Performance*
Come sing and dance with teacher/songwriter Gene Stamell. Enjoy clever songs, puppets and magic that are sure to brighten your day.
Fun throughout the Day!
* Make a celebration hat at the Mad Hatter’s Workshop (Science Discovery Museum)
* Enjoy cupcakes (Noon to 4 p.m.)
*Face painting and visits from Bessie

Sunday, October 21 – Think Green
1 p.m. Davis Bates and Roger Ticknell Perform Earth Rhythms: A Celebration in Story and Song Outside Performance*
These Parents’ Choice Award winning performers will celebrate the diversity of the natural world and the ways that we all can care for it. This participatory concert will include songs about animals, nature and environmental awareness, “just so stories” and creation myths.
Think Green Fun throughout the Day!
*Construct a collage made of paper (9 to noon Children’s Discovery Museum)
* Bring out your artistic side with newspaper art (2 to 4 p.m. Science Discovery Museum)
*Enjoy cupcakes (Noon to 4 p.m.)
*Join our effort to recycle by bringing your discarded paper for our Abitibi Paper Retriever®! For more info visit

Tuesday, October 23 ―A Day of Face Painting
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at both museums: With your face as a palette, explore what you can become with the artistic talent of the Museums’ explorers.

Wednesday, October 24 ― Hats and Hounds
10 a.m. Party Hats Children’s Discovery Museum
Round hats, small hats, spotted hats, tall hats! Create your very own party hat to celebrate.
4 - 5:30 p.m. Bloodhounds: A Nose for Chemistry Science Discovery Museum
Meet a bloodhound and Middlesex County Sheriff and discover how they search and rescue. Learn about the dog’s keen sense of smell and test your own olfactory abilities with fun chemistry experiments. Sponsored by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Thursday, October 25 ―Dots and Take Apart
1 p.m. Dot to Dot Children’s Discovery Museum
Lots and lots of dots and dots! Use dot stickers as your medium to create an artistic masterpiece.
2 - 4:30 p.m. Take Aparts: The More Things Change… Science Discovery Museum
Using ancient 25 year old electronic equipment, explore the progress of technology with a time-traveling Take-Aparts! Sponsored by Analog Devices

Friday, October 26 ― Hats On and Blow a Bubble
10 a.m. Make Your Own Party Hat Children’s Discovery Museum
Round hats, small hats, spotted hats, tall hats! Create your very own party hat to celebrate.
3:30 p.m. Bubbles, Bubbles and More Bubbles Children’s Discovery Museum
Big ones, small ones, way up high in the air ones. What type of bubbles with you make?
3:30 p.m. Bubbles Have Smarts! Science Discovery Museum
Pop a few misconceptions with us and explore the remarkable properties of these deceptively fragile shapes.

Saturday, October 27 ― Science Saturday
10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Mike Francis Performs as Galileo in The Starry Messenger Outside Performance*
In a dramatic fun-filled performance, Galileo will describe his recent discoveries, science and his newly devised spyglass. Young scientists in the audience will lend a hand in experiments and demonstrations
11 a.m. Science on a Shoe String Children’s Discovery Museum
Learn how to use simple kitchen ingredients to conduct science experiments at home.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Destination Imagination Day Science Discovery Museum
DI teams and visitors are invited to explore hands-on exhibits, team concepts, and proactive teamwork. From gears to light effects, physics of flight to wild sound effects, develop new ideas to prepare for the 2008 DI Challenges or to just have fun.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Global Finals medal winners will lead special structure challenge workshops. Find out more at
Throughout the Day
*Enjoy cupcakes (noon to 4 p.m.)
*Visits from Galileo and Bessie

Sunday, October 28 ― Discover Magic and Search for Fun
1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Steve Lechner of The Science Works Performs Magic Outside Performance*
Abracadabra! Join us as Steve Lechner introduces us to his puppet friend Bananas, juggles and performs magic often with the help of the audience.
Throughout the Day
* Lots of little Bessie’s are hidden — go on a scavenger hunt to find them (Children’s Discovery Museum)
*A trivia hunt will be just right to help you figure out your science facts (Science Discovery Museum)
*Enjoy cupcakes (noon to 4 p.m.)
* Face painting and visits from Bessie

***For Outside Performances:

Bring a blanket! Weekend performances will be held outside under the tent weather permitting. In case of cold or rain all performances will be held in the Children’s Discovery Museum classroom except for Steve Lecher whose performance would be in the Science Museum. These performances are appropriate and wonderful for all ages.

The Discovery Museums inspire enduring curiosity and love of learning through interactive discovery, hands-on inquiry and scientific investigations. Younger children learn while they play at The Children’s Discovery Museum. Older children explore scientific concepts and hands-on creativity at the Science Discovery Museum. Save 25% off admission Oct. 20-28. Admission to one museum will be $6.75 per person and to both museums is $9.75. For more information visit or call 978-264-4200.

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