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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.

First snow of 2024! ❄️ A fitting occasion to share some snowy pics from days of old, courtesy of Boston Children's Museu...
01/08/2024

First snow of 2024! ❄️ A fitting occasion to share some snowy pics from days of old, courtesy of Boston Children's Museum's Collection and Archives. Stay safe out there and embrace the snowy play opportunities!🛷⛷️

Our next CreatedBytes program is this Saturday, January 6th! Explore colors and shadows formed by hand gestures or items...
01/04/2024

Our next CreatedBytes program is this Saturday, January 6th! Explore colors and shadows formed by hand gestures or items with E-Green LLC in this walk-up activity. Join us from 11:30am - 1:30pm in the STEAM Lab. Check out more about our Creator at: https://e-green.us/

Racing into sock skating and Snowmazing play opportunities 🏃‍♂️⛸️ Snow is in the forecast this weekend and Boston Childr...
01/04/2024

Racing into sock skating and Snowmazing play opportunities 🏃‍♂️⛸️ Snow is in the forecast this weekend and Boston Children's Museum is the place for indoor winter fun with our Snowmazing Polar Playground through February 25.

Special thanks to The Goddard School for sponsoring Snowmazing!

Meet some fascinating animals and learn about their winter adaptations with Animal World Experience this Saturday, Janua...
01/03/2024

Meet some fascinating animals and learn about their winter adaptations with Animal World Experience this Saturday, January 6th, at Boston Children's Museum!❄️Join us for a 30-minute presentation from 2:00 - 2:30pm, 2:40 - 3:10pm, or 3:20 - 3:50pm. Discover more Museum happenings on our calendar: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar/

And learn more about Animal World Experience at: https://animalworldexperience.com/about-us

The new year has arrived! Here's to new beginnings, new dreams, and a year filled with joy, fun, and  - most importantly...
01/02/2024

The new year has arrived! Here's to new beginnings, new dreams, and a year filled with joy, fun, and - most importantly - play! As we set our 2024 New Year's goals and intentions, take inspiration from the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Happy New Year all! 🎊

Before we welcome 2024, please support Boston Children’s Museum with a gift to the Helping Hands Campaign. With your hel...
12/30/2023

Before we welcome 2024, please support Boston Children’s Museum with a gift to the Helping Hands Campaign. With your help, we’ll continue to provide all children and families access to Museum visits regardless of circumstance and celebrate the power of play.

There are three ways to make a gift before the clock strikes midnight tomorrow! Become a monthly donor, make a one-time donation, or make a tribute gift. Give today and empower play: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/?form=HelpingHands 👐✨⏰📅

2024 is right around the corner! 🎊 Join us at Boston Children's Museum this Sunday, December 31st for Happy NOON Year, a...
12/29/2023

2024 is right around the corner! 🎊 Join us at Boston Children's Museum this Sunday, December 31st for Happy NOON Year, a celebration of the coming New Year at (and around) noon! Enjoy the special fun of New Year's Eve during the day without having to stay up until midnight.

Throughout the day, make NOON Year party hats. At noon, join the countdown all around the Museum with pretend fireworks! If the weather is nice, we will drop a big “Noon Year” ball outside the Museum right at Noon!”

When it's  , but you work at a Children's Museum, so really every day is a LEGO build day! Join us in the STEAM Lab thro...
12/27/2023

When it's , but you work at a Children's Museum, so really every day is a LEGO build day! Join us in the STEAM Lab through January 6th to design a LEGO contraption that can successfully travel across a zip line. Happy creating everyone! 🧱

Tomorrow and Saturday! Have cocoa and meet with some of your favorite characters at our popular Cocoa with Character eve...
12/27/2023

Tomorrow and Saturday! Have cocoa and meet with some of your favorite characters at our popular Cocoa with Character events.☕❤️ This year, Cocoa with Characters will feature different characters, so make sure to choose the date and session with the characters you want to meet!

On Thursday, December 28, everyone’s favorite “Ice Sisters” are traveling from their far-away frozen kingdom to share warm hugs and enjoy some hot cocoa. ❄️

Then, this Saturday, December 30, “The Green Grump” is coming down from his mountaintop cave with his little who friend to spread cheer for all to hear. 💚

Purchase tickets here: https://estore.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/webstore/shop/viewitems.aspx?cg=tt&c=ahe2

Betty the Yeti has landed in Snowport, and she’s ready for the spotlight. Her home this winter is Betty’s Blizzard Bluff...
12/26/2023

Betty the Yeti has landed in Snowport, and she’s ready for the spotlight. Her home this winter is Betty’s Blizzard Bluff, but she will be making a special guest appearance at Boston Children’s Museum's Snowmazing experience this Thursday, December 28th from 2:00pm-3:30pm to visit some of her biggest fans. Get your cameras ready and catch her if you can!📸💖

Happy Holidays from Boston Children's Museum!
12/23/2023

Happy Holidays from Boston Children's Museum!

School vacation is right around the corner, and we're excited to welcome more kids and families to Boston Children's Mus...
12/21/2023

School vacation is right around the corner, and we're excited to welcome more kids and families to Boston Children's Museum! As you're planning your visit, keep in mind that some of our hours are shifting due to upcoming holidays:

This Sunday, December 24th the Museum will be closing at 1pm for Christmas Eve.
Monday, December 25th, the Museum will be closed for Christmas Day.
Tuesday, December 26th, the Museum will be OPEN for Vacation Week in addition to our regular Wednesday - Sunday hours!
And the Museum will be open for regular hours on both New Year's Eve (Sunday, December 31st from 9am - 4pm) and New Year's Day (Monday, January 1st from 9am - 4pm)

Check out the Museum's Snowmazing experience more! Discover all the Museum has to offer on our website: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/

Ring in the Winter Solstice with a special Back Bay Ringers Sound Bath this Wednesday, December 20th from 1:30-3:30pm at...
12/19/2023

Ring in the Winter Solstice with a special Back Bay Ringers Sound Bath this Wednesday, December 20th from 1:30-3:30pm at Boston Children's Museum! Join us for a wonderful array of winter sounds by the Back Bay Ringers as we celebrate Winter Solstice with handbells in the Common. ❄️🔔

Give a gift that lasts long after the wrapping paper is gone. The best gift you can give kids this season is the magic o...
12/17/2023

Give a gift that lasts long after the wrapping paper is gone. The best gift you can give kids this season is the magic of playing together. Carving out space and time for kids to play or for you both to play together develops joyful experiences and learning opportunities. In the words of Peter Gray, “Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less.”

Have a Snowmazing time during our special ticketed event, Cocoa with Characters! On Thursday, December 28, everyone’s fa...
12/15/2023

Have a Snowmazing time during our special ticketed event, Cocoa with Characters! On Thursday, December 28, everyone’s favorite “Ice Sisters” are traveling from their far-away frozen kingdom to share warm hugs and enjoy some hot cocoa. On Saturday, December 30, “The Green Grump” is coming down from his mountaintop cave with his little who friend to spread cheer for all to hear. Purchase tickets here: https://estore.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/webstore/shop/viewitems.aspx?cg=tt&c=ahe2

Each hour-long session will include a story time, meet and greet with the characters, photo opportunities, and of course tasty snacks and delicious hot cocoa for everyone. Each Cocoa with Characters event will feature different characters, so make sure to choose the date with the characters you want to meet!

Introducing CreatedBytes! CreatedBytes extends the CreatedBy Festival all year long, celebrating STEAM by bringing inven...
12/15/2023

Introducing CreatedBytes! CreatedBytes extends the CreatedBy Festival all year long, celebrating STEAM by bringing inventors, innovators, and high-tech tinkerers in the New England Area to the Museum. This Saturday from 11am-2pm, explore LEGOs and magnets with Letgo Your Mind STEM Programs's LEGO Maglev. Magnetic Levitation is the ability of a LEGO vehicle to stay suspended above the track. Check out more about our Creator at: https://www.letgoyourmind.com/

Learn more about CreatedBytes at https://createdbyfestival.org/ and check the Museum web calendar for specific activities!

Play is the very best way for babies and young children to develop and grow. And playing together can help adults (like ...
12/14/2023

Play is the very best way for babies and young children to develop and grow. And playing together can help adults (like you!) connect with children to build a strong, positive relationship. Recognizing the importance of play, Eastern Bank supported a partnership between Boston Children's Museum and Horizons for Homeless Children to build parent and caregivers’ confidence in supporting young children’s learning through play.

Resources about play can be valuable to all families—and we’re excited to share them with you! Watch our first video, Getting Ready to Play, here: https://youtu.be/Yi53HmyCSsw?si=Cen19q_w07g-ccUg

To see more of the resources from this project in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole, visit: https://school-readiness.org/PowerfulPlaytimes/

Join Joanne and Naoko of the Japan Society of Boston for Kamishibai, the traditional Japanese storytelling tomorrow at 1...
12/12/2023

Join Joanne and Naoko of the Japan Society of Boston for Kamishibai, the traditional Japanese storytelling tomorrow at 10:30am & 2pm! Listen to one of the most popular Japanese folktales “Kasa Jizo – Hats for Jizos”. The story takes place on one snowy New Year’s Eve and is about kindness and compassion. Jizo is a deity known as a protector for children and travelers in Japan.

After Kamishibai, enjoy a fun hands-on activity and visit the Japanese House (pictured in photo 2 &3).

Don’t forget to check out the Collections Windows Display in the Common on the 2nd floor, where Joanne and Naoko introduce the Japanese New Year’s celebration customs and Daruma and Tengu through their favorite book, family experiences, and collection objects that they selected (pictured in photo 4).

Embracing the season of winter celebrations with light and community! ✨ Whether you're lighting the menorah for Hanukkah...
12/11/2023

Embracing the season of winter celebrations with light and community! ✨ Whether you're lighting the menorah for Hanukkah, preparing for Christmas, looking forward to Kwanzaa, or simply cherishing moments with loved ones, these celebrations remind us that, despite our differences, we are bound by the common threads of love, family, and friendship. 🕎 🎄⭐ In the words of Author Anita Diamant, “This is the season when people of all faiths and cultures are pushing back against the planetary darkness. We string bulbs, ignite bonfires, and light candles. And we sing.”

Snowmazing is open for the season! ❄️ Winter is no time to stop playing. Join us at Boston Children's Museum for a memor...
12/08/2023

Snowmazing is open for the season! ❄️ Winter is no time to stop playing. Join us at Boston Children's Museum for a memorable winter fun experience! Learn more on our website: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/snowmazing/

Special thanks to The Goddard School for sponsoring Snowmazing!

Food has the power to form connections and elicit specific memories.🥣 Whether through the act of cooking, sharing a meal...
12/05/2023

Food has the power to form connections and elicit specific memories.🥣 Whether through the act of cooking, sharing a meal, or discovering a special dish out in the world, food is a powerful connector. In Boston Children’s Museum’s You, Me, We exhibit, the “Grab a Plate” zone, notable for its kitchen set up, community garden, and large potluck style tables, encourages visitors to come together through food, tradition, cooking, and community.

Explore community member food stories and uncover the connection between food and identity in the latest Blog, "Grab a Plate: Food stories and connections in You, Me, We." https://bostonchildrensmuseum.blog/2023/11/29/grab-a-plate-food-stories-and-connections-in-you-me-we/

This weekend, winter play arrived at Boston Children's Museum with the opening of our annual Snowmazing experience! In t...
12/04/2023

This weekend, winter play arrived at Boston Children's Museum with the opening of our annual Snowmazing experience! In the colder months of fall and winter, let us remember the power of imagination to bring light and fun to the world around us. In the words of Terri Guillemets, “The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination.”

Discover more winter fun happenings at the Museum: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/snowmazing/

12/01/2023

Wonderful Winter fun arrives this Sunday! ❄️Join us at the Museum for Snowmazing!, starting December 3. Sock skate with Jack Frost in our Snowmazing Polar Playground, take a fun wintery photo in front of an authentic 1800’s sleigh, and see our giant snowman! Stay tuned for more on our website: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/snowmazing/

Today, the Museum's President and CEO, Carole Charnow, and VP of Philanthropy, Mike Travis, were thrilled to host Repres...
11/30/2023

Today, the Museum's President and CEO, Carole Charnow, and VP of Philanthropy, Mike Travis, were thrilled to host Representative Mindy Domb and Senator Paul Mark, chairs of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. Thank you both for advocating and supporting our sector across the Commonwealth!

Experience a Nutcracker Spectacular this weekend at Boston Children's Museum!🩰💃 On Friday, Dec. 1st, join Clara and her ...
11/30/2023

Experience a Nutcracker Spectacular this weekend at Boston Children's Museum!🩰💃 On Friday, Dec. 1st, join Clara and her friends for a reading of The Nutcracker, featuring the North Atlantic Ballet with a mix of professional dancers and students. Performance at 2:30pm.

Saturday, December 2nd, come be inspired by a special re-telling of a magical adventure about love and friendship featuring United Dance Company. Performance at 2pm.

And on Sunday, December 3rd, join us for Anthony Williams' Urban Nutcracker, presented by City Ballet of Boston. Urban Nutcracker is a modern remix of the classic holiday story. Set in present-day downtown Boston, the Urban Nutcracker features a wide variety of dance styles, including ballet, tap, hip-hop, flamenco, Ukrainian folk, and jazz. The sounds of Duke Ellington blend with the classical music of Tchaikovsky in this celebration of Boston's multicultural community, told through the story of The Nutcracker. Performances at 1pm and 2pm.

Saturday and Sunday, join us before the show, 12pm – 2pm, in front of the KidStage for a Nutcracker-inspired art activity! Visitors can learn how to make a spin art drawing, inspired by the spinning and twirling of ballet dancers in the Nutcracker performances. Full details on the Museum Calendar: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar/

With Christmas just under a month away, it’s fitting to close out this short social media series with a story about Chri...
11/29/2023

With Christmas just under a month away, it’s fitting to close out this short social media series with a story about Christmas from Victoria. “I recognized the Dalecarlian (Dala) horse and the julebukk because we had these at home during Christmas time. During Christmas time, in our household, we will bring out the big and small Dala horses and julebukk to decorate— the big ones will be placed at the hearth and the small ones will be put on the Christmas tree. We also put up ornaments made of straw. The ones I have belong to my mother, and maybe she got hers from her family members. Although for generations we have been in the US, we do have some Scandinavian objects like the Dala horse and julebukk in our household.”

This Painted Pottery Horse donated in 1943 is in the style of "Dala" or "Dalecarlian" horse, a traditional Swedish folk art originated from the province of Dalarna (Dalecarlia). The Dalecarlian horse was traditionally used as a toy for children. In modern times, it has become a symbol of Dalarna and Sweden in general. This Horse is painted orange with black details for the face, reins, and floral designs on the yellow saddle.

The Straw "Julbock" or "Yule Goat" entered our collection in 1937 and is made of Straw bundled and bound in the form of a goat with curved horns. The Goat wears a red ribbon and rattan, with barley heads used for beard.

Thanks for following along with us! If you liked this series, let us know in the comments. View all the collections stories on our website: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/room-that-lives/

11/28/2023

It’s Giving Tuesday! Be a superhero to kids and families with a gift to Boston Children’s Museum. Gifts up to $50,000 will be matched! Receive a turtle-y awesome surprise in the mail with your donation of $250 or more before midnight. Empower play with a gift today: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/?form=HelpingHands 🐢 🦸‍♂️ 🦸🏾‍♀️ 👐 🎁 📫

11/27/2023

The holiday season has arrived! Get ahead on your friends and family shopping list with Gift Passes to Boston Children's Museum!

Give the gift of the Museum and share the wonder, joy, and magic of Boston Children's Museum. Gift Passes allow for a one-time visit and never expire. ✨

Visit our website for more information and to purchase gift passes: https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/visit/gift-passes/

In the spirit of gratitude and giving thanks, we're highlighting a favorite quote from Winnie the Pooh. “Piglet noticed ...
11/26/2023

In the spirit of gratitude and giving thanks, we're highlighting a favorite quote from Winnie the Pooh. “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”

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