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Boston Children's Museum The Power of Play!
Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. It was founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers' Bureau, a group of visionary educators dedicated to providing new resources for both teachers and students, as a center for the exchange of materials and ideas to advance the teaching of science. For over 100 years it has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.
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About Boston Children’s Museum Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. It was founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers' Bureau, a group of visionary educators dedicated to providing new resources for both teachers and students, as a center for the exchange of materials and ideas to advance the teaching of science. For over 100 years it has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. The Museum’s exhibits and programs emphasize hands-on engagement and learning through experience, employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children. Designed for children and families, Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. In addition to extensive child-centered exhibits, Museum educators develop numerous programs and activities that address literacy, performing arts, science and math, visual arts, cultures, and health and wellness. The Museum is also one of the few children’s museums in the world to maintain a collection. The Museum’s collections of Americana, Natural History, Global Culture, Native American, Dolls and Dollhouses, and Japanese artifacts encompass more than 50,000 items. As one of the largest children’s museums in the world, Boston Children’s Museum also provides museum consulting services and creates award winning traveling exhibits, staff training curriculum, and exhibit kits for Museum professionals.

Mission: Boston Children's Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

Are YOU an effective food detective? The more opportunities kids have to think about what they eat, be curious about try...
04/03/2020

Are YOU an effective food detective? The more opportunities kids have to think about what they eat, be curious about trying new foods, and begin to take responsibility for their own lifestyle choices, the more likely they are to make healthy choices later in life. In the below activity, kids will learn how to read about the nutritional information for some of the breakfast cereals they enjoy. Learning to read these labels is one of the most helpful tools we have in understanding our eating habits and #nutrition.

Click here for instructions: https://tinyurl.com/wqxau2q

TONIGHT from 7:30-8:10 join us on Instagram Live for a live-streamed dance party brought to you by our friends at Urbani...
04/03/2020

TONIGHT from 7:30-8:10 join us on Instagram Live for a live-streamed dance party brought to you by our friends at Urbanity Dance! What better way to get the wiggles out at the end of the week than with a free #FridayFamilyDanceParty!? Find us on Instagram @bostonchildrensmuseum!

The second blog in our expert guest series comes from practicing child and family psychologist Sonya Kurzweil, Ph.D. Son...
04/03/2020
Staying Connected While Social Distancing: A Guide for Parents and Kids

The second blog in our expert guest series comes from practicing child and family psychologist Sonya Kurzweil, Ph.D. Sonya discusses ways to talk to your children about social distancing and the coronavirus pandemic, as well as what kids and families can do to stay healthy and engaged with one another during this time.

https://tinyurl.com/vohnhwe
#SocialDistancing #AtHomeWithKids

Guest blog by Sonya Kurzweil, Ph.D | [email protected] Today’s parents recognize that childhood is an emotionally sensitive time. And they are very stressed by how to explain to kids what is g…

04/03/2020

Gather round for another #storytime! Today, Boston Children's Museum's Creative Director Karin Hansen is reading "Augusta's Dragon" by Nancy Geer Hamilton, and illustrated by none other than Karin herself! Let's join in on the fun as she tells the story of the adventures of Augusta and her new dragon friend.

Our friends at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston shared this wonderful art activity for kids and adults, inspired...
04/02/2020
DIY Yayoi Kusama Tentacles @ Home!

Our friends at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston shared this wonderful art activity for kids and adults, inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s LOVE IS CALLING exhibition. This activity is ideal for ages 5+. You’ll explore themes of fear and love with your family through mark-making and simple sculpture building. All you'll need are 2 sheets of paper per tentacle, scissors, and some mark-making tools like a pencil, markers, or crayons!

https://tinyurl.com/ranpu74

22 new photos · Album by Brooke Scibelli

Let’s play a game of Story Tag! This literacy-promoting activity from Beyond the Chalkboard encourages quick thinking, c...
04/02/2020
Story Tag • Beyond the Chalkboard

Let’s play a game of Story Tag! This literacy-promoting activity from Beyond the Chalkboard encourages quick thinking, creativity, focus, adaptability and practice of spoken language skills. It also helps children learn how to create clear sentences that help develop a central idea, and how a story develops from beginning to end. Activity guidelines can be found below.

http://www.beyondthechalkboard.org/activity/story-tag/
#ActivitiesForKids #ChildrensMuseumsAtHome

Open-ended creativity is natural for kids—adding teamwork to the mix makes this an activity that you’ll want to do over and over. Story Tag encourages quick thinking, creativity, focus, adaptability and practice of spoken language skills. It also helps children learn how to create clear sentence...

04/02/2020
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Today, Meg is leading us in a virtual Family Yoga practice to help you get those wiggles out! We usually host Family Yoga every Friday at the Museum, but today we're taking things digital! Yoga is an excellent way to relax, promote positive emotions, and increase strength and overall health. It can also be a ton of fun! Let's try it out together.

#FamilyYoga #ActivitiesForKids

Check out this fun and super easy science experiment on Beyond the Chalkboard! Using a flashlight, you'll play around wi...
04/01/2020
Let Your Light Shine • Beyond the Chalkboard

Check out this fun and super easy science experiment on Beyond the Chalkboard! Using a flashlight, you'll play around with the different things you can do using light. This activity is a great introduction to the behaviors of light and the properties of materials, and as a result, works particularly well with your youngest children. Building a foundational understanding of how light behaves is central to most sciences, and this foundation is best built through direct experiences like these!

https://tinyurl.com/vwc7mg6

This activity is a great introduction to both the behaviors of light and the properties of materials, and as a result works particularly well with your youngest children. Building a foundational understanding of how light behaves is central to astronomy and other sciences, and this foundation is bes...

04/01/2020
Drawing Lesson with Liz: Self Portraits!

How do you see yourself? In today's video, Liz is teaching us how to draw our self-portrait using simple shapes that we all know! We invite you to make your portrait totally yours and draw yourself how YOU want to be! Show off your finished portrait by posting it with #BostonChildrensMuseum. We can't wait to see all of your beautiful faces!

“Play has healing powers. Play is the best thing we can do for our kids," says Saki Iwamoto, Boston Children's Museum's ...
03/31/2020
How to keep kids connected with friends, even when they’re housebound - The Boston Globe

“Play has healing powers. Play is the best thing we can do for our kids," says Saki Iwamoto, Boston Children's Museum's Health and Wellness Educator. Saki is featured in this The Boston Globe article that offers some great strategies to keep kids engaged with friends while stuck at home – check it out!

https://tinyurl.com/vk76k82

Here are some high- and low-tech ideas for keeping elementary-schoolers connected and engaged with their pals, even from afar.

Let's make an origami tiger! Follow along with this step-by-step guide and watch as your tiger comes to life. Post a pho...
03/31/2020

Let's make an origami tiger! Follow along with this step-by-step guide and watch as your tiger comes to life. Post a photo of your new friend in the comments below!

#Origami #KidsActivities #MuseumAtHome

03/31/2020

Today we are making music with things we find around the house! We invite you to join our drum circle and make music with us using things you can find in your home. What are you using to make music?

LOOKING FOR A QUIET ALTERNATIVE? You do not need to make a lot of noise to learn about rhythm and music. Substitute something hard, like a pot, with something soft, like a pillow that won't be as loud. That way, you can drum along with us without disturbing your friends and neighbors!

#Music #AtHome #ActivitiesForKids #MuseumAtHome

We're kicking off a series of guest blogs written by experts in the field of child development! Each blog will be aimed ...
03/30/2020
A parent’s guide to surviving COVID-19: 8 strategies to keep children healthy and happy

We're kicking off a series of guest blogs written by experts in the field of child development! Each blog will be aimed at providing guidance and resources for families during this time of uncertainty. To begin, we're sharing "A parent’s guide to surviving COVID-19: 8 strategies to keep children healthy and happy," written by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff. Check it out here: https://tinyurl.com/tszavcu

Let's meet the experts...
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, an active member of our Board of Advisors and a distinguished authority on child development and play and learning.

Roberta Golinkoff is the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Education, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware and director of the Child’s Play, Learning, and Development laboratory.

#AtHome #LearningResources

By Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff. Originally published by the Brookings Institute. Remote work might have its advantages for some, but when the kids are out of school and librari…

03/30/2020
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During the month of April, Boston Children’s Museum is hosting its first-ever Make-A-Thon! The challenge: Create something at home following the prompt “Build an invention that helps someone.” Bonus points for using recycled materials you find around the house!

Submit your creation by posting a photo or video on Instagram tagged #MuseumMakeAThon, and use the caption to explain what your invention does and how you made it. At the end of the month, we will do a random drawing of entries. The maker we select will receive a FREE year-long Museum membership for their family!

All entries will be featured on our website at the link below, and selected entries will be featured at a Make-A-Thon booth at our CreatedBy Festival this fall! Get creative, have fun, and show us what you can do!

See your invention featured here: https://tinyurl.com/uhsgqlk

03/29/2020

It’s time for Sunday storytime with Steve (say that five times fast)! Today, Steve is reading “Milo’s Museum” by @zettaelliot and illustrated by Purple Wong. Storytimes are an excellent way to entertain and engage kids at home while helping them to develop language and literacy skills, spark their curiosity and imagination, and develop an appreciation for books and stories. Let’s follow along with Steve and find out what happens when Milo takes a class trip to the museum!

We are strong. 💪We are resilient. 👊We will get through this. 💜
03/29/2020

We are strong. 💪
We are resilient. 👊
We will get through this. 💜

A little bit of humor for all the adults out their #WorkingFromHome. How long do you think it would take to get Bingo? 😂
03/28/2020

A little bit of humor for all the adults out their #WorkingFromHome. How long do you think it would take to get Bingo? 😂

Calling all music lovers! Boston Symphony Orchestra is sharing FREE music lessons on their website for at-home learning!...
03/28/2020

Calling all music lovers! Boston Symphony Orchestra is sharing FREE music lessons on their website for at-home learning! This is a fantastic way to get your kids learning and engaging with music right at home. Find them here: https://tinyurl.com/so4ulul

They are also sharing daily videos of exciting performances, behind-the-scenes content, and videos from their musicians on their page — follow along with them and don't miss a beat! #BSOAtHome

The Association of Children's Museums published this fabulous list of virtual resources that children's museums across t...
03/27/2020
Children’s Museum Virtual Activities

The Association of Children's Museums published this fabulous list of virtual resources that children's museums across the country have shared to keep families entertained and learning while at home – check it out!

We know how important it is to continue providing activities and resources like these to support families like yours, so keep checking back for more.

https://tinyurl.com/s98zmsd
#AtHome #LearningResources #ForKids

Check out this list of virtual activities offered by children’s museums, which we will continue to update regularly!

03/27/2020

In today's storytime, Steve is getting a little creative! He is reading "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson, but instead of showing you the illustrations in the book, he is going to draw out the scenes himself! We invite you to do the same and see how your vision of the story compares to Steve's.

We want to see your illustrations! Send in a photo to be featured on our page.

#Storytime #ActivitiesForKids #100WaysToPlay

Our partners at Urbanity Dance are offering FREE youth dance classes on Instagram Live! Join them tonight from 7:30-8:10...
03/27/2020
Virtual Youth Classes — Urbanity Dance

Our partners at Urbanity Dance are offering FREE youth dance classes on Instagram Live! Join them tonight from 7:30-8:10pm for #FridayFamilyDanceParty, and don't miss them taking over our Boston Children's Museum Instagram Live next Friday! We could all use a little moving and grooving at the end of the week, don't you think!? 💃🕺

Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/w768ohx

Note: For families previously registered in our youth school, classes will be continuing in private online sessions. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have not received information about online classes. All students are welcome to take the below classes as well!

Let's make some music! 🎶 Using small drinking glasses filled with different amounts of water, you can give children dire...
03/26/2020
Glass Xylophones • Beyond the Chalkboard

Let's make some music! 🎶 Using small drinking glasses filled with different amounts of water, you can give children direct experience with resonance and vibration as well as musical expression. What will happen if you tap a different glass? Will it make the same sound or will it be a higher or lower sound? What do they notice that is different about the glasses? Let's try it out and see!

http://www.beyondthechalkboard.org/activity/glass-xylophones/

Using small drinking glasses filled with different amounts of water, you can give children direct experience with resonance and vibration as well as musical expression.

03/26/2020

In today's video, Science Program Manager Alissa Daniels is conducting a science experiment called Psychedelic Milk — and trust us, it's just as cool as it sounds! You can follow along at home with just a handful of household objects. Try it out and send in your photos to show us how your experiment turned out!

#STEAM #AtHomeActivities #ActivitiesForKids #DIY

03/25/2020
Story Time with Steve: "The Curious Garden" by Peter Brown

Happy Wednesday! Grab a seat and get cozy for #StoryTime with Steve! Today, Steve is reading "The Curious Garden" by Peter Brown — the perfect read for spring (despite the recent ❄️ here in Boston!)

Keep checking back for more story times and activity videos like this one!

#ActivitiesForKids #EducationalResources #AtHomeWithKids

Is there someone you know who deserves a card? Maybe you have family members or friends that you aren’t able to see righ...
03/24/2020

Is there someone you know who deserves a card? Maybe you have family members or friends that you aren’t able to see right now. Let's make them a handmade greeting card to say hello! Use this guide from Beyond the Chalkboard to help you along the way: https://tinyurl.com/uuy7mkg

We want to feature your greeting cards on our page! Share your finished card with us by posting a photo and tagging Boston Children's Museum.

03/24/2020

Today's #StoryTime and craft activity are coming at you from our Senior Director of STEAM Melissa Higgins as well as NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins! Today, we are going to explore things that fly! ✈️

Watch here as NASA astronaut Kate Rubins reads "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty straight from the International Space Station (no big deal!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5yZ8K7pb0Y

After Kate's reading, Melissa will guide you through making your very own dropcopter out of paper. Ready to fly?

Our Design and Production team is hard at work making plans for Frida and Georgia's brand new turtle tank! Check out Sen...
03/23/2020

Our Design and Production team is hard at work making plans for Frida and Georgia's brand new turtle tank! Check out Senior Exhibit Designer Joel Reider's sketches of our 🐢 friends' future home. This tank was made possible by generous contributions from our visitors and supporters, and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated! Meanwhile, Frida and Georgia send all their love from vacation in Vermont during the Museum’s closure.

03/23/2020
Countdown to Kindergarten

We love this fun hand washing song from the awesome folks at Countdown to Kindergarten! Try it out and see if it gets your kids singing while they scrub!

Use this fun handwashing song from Countdown

03/23/2020

Who's ready for a virtual creature feature?! This morning, Science Program Manager Alissa Daniels is showing us what our Museum snake, Oliver, has been up to since the closure — let's just say, his temporary dwelling is very homey. Watch below to see what's going on with our friend Oliver! 🐍

We love today's short and sweet #QuoteOfTheDay. This week, let's make it our goal to add a little #positivity into the w...
03/22/2020

We love today's short and sweet #QuoteOfTheDay. This week, let's make it our goal to add a little #positivity into the world each day — you don't even have to leave 🏡 to do it!

We are all facing some major life adjustments during this time, and while parents try their best to keep calm and carry ...
03/21/2020
Parents Need Stress Relief, Too

We are all facing some major life adjustments during this time, and while parents try their best to keep calm and carry on for their kids, it's okay to feel #stressed — all of us do! This article from The New York Times offers up some great tips on managing that stress: https://tinyurl.com/rpr8mnq

We’re all anxious. Here are ways to cope.

Did you know that there's a way to visit Boston Children's Museum without actually having to leave your house? You can s...
03/21/2020

Did you know that there's a way to visit Boston Children's Museum without actually having to leave your house? You can spend as long as you like exploring our three floors of exhibits by taking a virtual tour of the Museum on our website! Click here to head out on your adventure: https://tinyurl.com/tcv6td6

With schools closed, many parents have started homeschooling for the first time. WBUR 90.9 FM gives us 6 great ideas to ...
03/20/2020
I Homeschool My Kids. Here Are 6 Ideas For Parents While Schools Are Closed

With schools closed, many parents have started homeschooling for the first time. WBUR 90.9 FM gives us 6 great ideas to make the transition easier, including our list of #100WaysToPlay. One big takeaway: you don't have to replicate the school day in order for your child to learn and have fun at home!

https://tinyurl.com/re3j6fa

Prioritizing ample play and unstructured time is one important way we as parents can help our children to cope, writes Kerry McDonald.

03/20/2020

This morning, STEAM Educator Neil Tembulkar is teaching us all how to make hovercrafts – right from home! All you'll need to follow along is a thumbtack, bottle cap, CD, balloon, and hot glue.

We want to see what you create, so share your finished product online with #BCMSTEAMAtHome! We'll be posting many more at-home projects and videos during the closure, so keep checking back for all that's to come!

Meet Ivy, a STEAM Program Developer here at the Museum. Yesterday, Ivy helped relocate our beloved turtles Frida and Geo...
03/19/2020

Meet Ivy, a STEAM Program Developer here at the Museum. Yesterday, Ivy helped relocate our beloved turtles Frida and Georgia to the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT, who have generously offered to re-home them during the Museum's closure. We know they are in great hands! Check back for more updates on Friday and Georgia's "study abroad" adventure!

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02210

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General information

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Museum will close at 3:00pm on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve. The Museum opens at 12:00pm on New Year’s Day.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(617) 426-6500

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The Power of Play

Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. It was founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers' Bureau, a group of visionary educators dedicated to providing new resources for both teachers and students, as a center for the exchange of materials and ideas to advance the teaching of science. For over 100 years it has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. The Museum’s exhibits and programs emphasize hands-on engagement and learning through experience, employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children. Designed for children and families, Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. In addition to extensive child-centered exhibits, Museum educators develop numerous programs and activities that address literacy, performing arts, science and math, visual arts, cultures, and health and wellness. The Museum is also one of the few children’s museums in the world to maintain a collection. The Museum’s collections of Americana, Natural History, Global Culture, Native American, Dolls and Dollhouses, and Japanese artifacts encompass more than 50,000 items. As one of the largest children’s museums in the world, Boston Children’s Museum also provides museum consulting services and creates award winning traveling exhibits, staff training curriculum, and exhibit kits for Museum professionals.

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I wanted to thank you for a wonderful visit today. It was the first time I have brought my three year old and it was a great time. I am especially grateful for a staff member who went out of their way to care for my child. My daughter was climbing the play structure when the Lunar New Year celebration started. My daughter is very sensitive, and I was worried the drums would scare her but could see her. When I found her, she was indeed scared, but a staff member had gotten into the structure to sit with her and help her feel safe until the drumming was over. I am so appreciative for the act of kindness, and it definitely helped set the mood for our afternoon! We can’t wait to come back!
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ABC's "Kids Say the Darndest Things" is coming to Boston! Our celebrity host, Tiffany Haddish, can't wait to meet the funniest kids (age 6-11) that Boston has to offer! Our casting staff would love to get the word out to the amazing kids in Boston and offer them the opportunity to appear on the show! Parents with kids who are interested should apply ASAP. Please share!
Think this little guy from Louisiana had fun?
Just walked into the museum to breastfeed my screaming 5 week old, and instead of letting me use the pod located on the second floor, the supervisor suggested I go feed him in the bathroom! Shameful!!
if i have wic card how much the ticket?
The layout and the energy of the BCM is fantastic. I wish that I was taken to a place like this when I was little. So many incredible educational and fun play experiences. We especially loved the multicultural themed play areas, the Japanese House and the slide.
I bought an online family membership as a gift and did not receive an email confirming this purchase. Your online services need an upgrade.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpO_Og9Oe8k A donation to the Boston's Children Museum.
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/353424858773713/ Remember this wooden layout in the 1990's.