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Boston Children's Museum Embrace the power of play with one of the world's most influential children's museums! Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world.
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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.

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.

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.

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Are you ready for National Engineers Week!? Take a look at the schedule of events planned for this week-long  celebratio...
02/13/2021

Are you ready for National Engineers Week!? Take a look at the schedule of events planned for this week-long celebration of the diverse world of engineering. Follow along on our YouTube channel or at our Engineers Week webpage: http://ow.ly/x3rZ50DvQKw

02/12/2021
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Lion Dance 🦁

One of the highlights of our year at the Museum is the annual Lion Dance that welcomes Lunar New Year, performed by our friends the Worcester Youth Nian Dancers (WYND). Though we're not able to host our annual Lunar New Year celebration, WYND filmed this wonderful video combining old and new footage to explain the history of the Lion Dance and its connection to the New Year. Enjoy!

Boston Children's Chorus is introducing new virtual Music & Movement classes for kids 4-6! Each fun-filled session will ...
02/12/2021

Boston Children's Chorus is introducing new virtual Music & Movement classes for kids 4-6! Each fun-filled session will include engaging singing and rhythm activities, storytelling, games, and more! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate with their children and join in the activities. Click here to learn more: http://ow.ly/5zvO50DxJVp

02/12/2021

💜 DOUBLE the love this Valentine’s Day by making a gift to Boston Children’s Museum! Gifts will be matched up to $10,000 by midnight on Sunday 2/14. Make your gift here: http://ow.ly/XvzR50DuMi2 💜

Looking for a gift for someone special? Donate in honor of someone you love and they will receive a special notice from the Museum!

02/11/2021
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We are thrilled to announce that the work of Kathryn Jones, Boston Children’s Museum’s Senior Director of Community Engagement, was featured in the Institute of Museum and Library Services Annual Performance Report. Kathryn’s great work with IMLS expanded the School Readiness model from three to six states and recruited 13 new museums and libraries from all six states. Congratulations, Kathryn! You can read the report here:https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/2021-02/2020apr.pdf

02/11/2021

When you're stuck at home and can't visit the Museum...why not build your own!? Embrace your inner architect and build your own museum at byom.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

“You can’t sit around and wait for somebody to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it.”Faith Ringg...
02/11/2021

“You can’t sit around and wait for somebody to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it.”

Faith Ringgold is an artist, author, activist, and educator who tells stories with quilts. She uses words, paint, and fabric to tell beautiful and important stories. Her most famous story is called “Tar Beach,” which was published as a book and won the Coretta Scott King Award and the Caldecot Honor.

Can you spot the difference?
02/10/2021

Can you spot the difference?

02/09/2021

What are the businesses in our community? How do we and our neighbors make and spend money? Introducing Money Matters, a virtual experience designed for the classroom where students will get the chance to explore these financial literacy concepts through role-play, creating their own small businesses, and making shopping choices. Thanks to generous support from Citizens Bank, your students can likely participate in this program for FREE!

The program includes virtual visits from one of our educators to help guide Money Matters financial literacy activities. Learn more about Money Matters and request a virtual visit for your students here: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/visit/group-visits-0

Spark curiosity in your child this vacation week with 7 days of at-home STEAM activities for kids of ALL ages! While kid...
02/09/2021

Spark curiosity in your child this vacation week with 7 days of at-home STEAM activities for kids of ALL ages! While kids are off from school, we’ll help you keep them engaged at home with our Engineers Week celebration. Each activity requires simple materials you may already have in your home, quick set up and clean up, and an opportunity to learn while you play—Boston Children’s Museum’s mission, brought into your home. Stay tuned for more info!

Learn about and celebrate #BlackHistory all year with these beautiful stories (and many more) recommended by Black Child...
02/08/2021

Learn about and celebrate #BlackHistory all year with these beautiful stories (and many more) recommended by Black Children’s Books and Authors, a non-profit dedicated to promoting awareness of children’s and young adult literature by Black authors: http://ow.ly/ysnE50Dpqft

Education happens in many places, not just designated learning spaces like schools. Encourage children to always continu...
02/07/2021

Education happens in many places, not just designated learning spaces like schools. Encourage children to always continue learning and being curious—and challenge yourself to do the same! The knowledge gained has the power to change the world.

The Museum is truly an embodiment of our visitors' exploration and imagination, and we want our social media to reflect ...
02/06/2021

The Museum is truly an embodiment of our visitors' exploration and imagination, and we want our social media to reflect this. To do this, we're going to be featuring YOUR creativity right here on Facebook! Take a photo or video of your child engaging in one of our 100+ at-home activities (found on YouTube), and tag us with @BostonChildrensMuseum. Sharing could inspire other families to explore and play together during these difficult times!

Our YouTube channel (be sure to subscribe!): http://ow.ly/xLNw50Dp2IP

02/06/2021
Creature Feature Live

Join Alissa and Oliver the Ball Python this Saturday at 10am EST for Creature Feature live! Say hello to Ollie, learn more about snakes like him, and get your questions answered—live! We hope to see you there! 👀 🐍

02/05/2021
Taiko Drumming from Odaiko New England — Celebrate Japanese New Year!

Yesterday, we learned about taiko drumming and even created our own drumsticks with Odaiko New England. Our lesson continues today with a deeper exploration of this Japanese art form and an interactive drumming activity you can try with your kids at home.

We hope you enjoyed our celebration of Oshogatsu 2021! Thank you to The Japan Society of Boston for collaborating with us on this program. Our goal was to inspire you to reflect and get excited to continue exploring Japanese culture. Please let us know what you thought in the comments below.

If you missed any of our six programs, you can catch up (or re-watch!) them all here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_1u_h6OtxT0L4V9Ukv2HwM8v1iwL6A0p

Virtual Trivia Night is almost here! Show us some LOVE and bring your A-game for this fun night of Valentine's Day-inspi...
02/05/2021

Virtual Trivia Night is almost here! Show us some LOVE and bring your A-game for this fun night of Valentine's Day-inspired #trivia presented by the Museum's Young Professionals Council. Get your tickets here: http://ow.ly/LUT350DnM3i

Our fabulous prizes for the top 4 players include:

💕 A personalized Belly Basket by Knotted by Coco (www.knottedbycoco.com)

💕 A $50 Gift Card to Fastachi for Gourmet Chocolate, Nuts, & Dried Fruit (https://www.fastachi.com/)

💕 Two Valentine's Day Chocolate Packages from Cape Cod's Chatham Candy Manor (https://candymanor.com/)

PS: Singles welcome! 😏😍

Update! Boston Children's Museum anticipates reopening to the public in the spring, once again offering the joyful and r...
02/04/2021

Update! Boston Children's Museum anticipates reopening to the public in the spring, once again offering the joyful and rewarding experiences we are known for. This timing allows the Museum to plan for a sustainable reopening as we continue to navigate the uncertain environment presented by the pandemic.

Some of our most beloved exhibits will be refurbished and refreshed ahead of our reopening, and we can’t wait for you to experience them once again.

In the meantime, we encourage families to continue to take advantage of our robust virtual programs, including at-home play and learning activities, informative articles, and podcasts that can be found on our website.

The Museum will update any changes to its plans on its website and social media channels. For additional information, please visit www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org

We hope to see you soon!

02/04/2021
DIY Bachi Drumsticks for Taiko Drummers — Celebrate Japanese New Year!

“Taiko” is the Japanese word for drum. In a new installment of our Oshogatsu Japanese New Year celebration with The Japan Society of Boston, our friend Juni Kobayahi of Odaiko New England teaches us about taiko drumming and demonstrates how you can make bachi—drumsticks made from paper bags! Check it out, and show us your bachi came out by sharing a photo or video with #BostonChildrensMuseum.

“I am and always will be a catalyst for change.” Shirley Chisolm was the first Black woman elected to the United States ...
02/04/2021

“I am and always will be a catalyst for change.”

Shirley Chisolm was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, and in 1972, she became the first Black woman to run for president. As an educator, politician, and activist, Shirley Chisolm advocated for representation in politics and worked tirelessly to make sure that everyone had a seat at the table. Her work has inspired generations and on Inauguration Day, Vice President Kamala Harris wore purple in tribute to Congresswoman Chisolm.

02/03/2021

School vacation week meets Engineers Week from 2/14-19! Engineers Week is a time for kids and their adults to embrace and explore the diverse world of engineering. All week, we’ll keep kids of all ages engaged while school's out with daily STEAM activities, fascinating interviews with working engineers, and spotlights on some of the world’s most groundbreaking engineers. Stay tuned for more!

Imagine: The pandemic is behind us. It's safe to leave the house. Which Museum are you going to? Comment your pick. Buil...
02/02/2021

Imagine: The pandemic is behind us. It's safe to leave the house. Which Museum are you going to? Comment your pick.

Build the museum of YOUR dreams at byom.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

We love Sankofa Read Aloud, an amazing YouTube channel with over 500 storytimes featuring Black and African American pro...
02/01/2021
We March

We love Sankofa Read Aloud, an amazing YouTube channel with over 500 storytimes featuring Black and African American protagonists. Today marks the first day of Black History Month, but you can celebrate and learn about Black history all year by exploring the channel and listening to some of the beautiful stories. Here is one of our favorites, We March by Shane Evans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHo8cd6NddY

I do not own the rights to this story. Please purchase your own copy if you haven't already from the following link:https://www.amazon.com/We-March-Shane-W-E...

Our kids aren’t the only ones doing the growing. The bright side of all the changes, difficulties, injustices, and uncer...
01/31/2021

Our kids aren’t the only ones doing the growing. The bright side of all the changes, difficulties, injustices, and uncertainties you’ve witnessed and endured in the last year is a whole lot of personal growth—and it looks good on you!

How can you make ice without using a freezer? On a cold winter day like today, you can make ice outdoors with kiddos of ...
01/30/2021

How can you make ice without using a freezer? On a cold winter day like today, you can make ice outdoors with kiddos of all ages, toddlers to primary schoolers. We’ve got some tips and tricks to take this easy, fun sensory activity to the next level: http://ow.ly/c9fT50Dhvdv

A safe market investment: stocking up on fruits and veggies 🍎
01/29/2021

A safe market investment: stocking up on fruits and veggies 🍎

01/28/2021
Japanese New Year Celebration: Kamishibai Storytime for Kids!

“Hats for the Jizos: Kasa Jizo” is a Japanese children’s story with themes of compassion and kindness—important topics for kids and adults all over the world. In today’s Kamishibai storytime, hear this beautiful story told in this traditional Japanese method. Enjoy!

This storytime is the latest installment of our Oshogatsu 2021 celebration in collaboration with The Japan Society of Boston. If you missed our previous programs, not to worry! They can all be found on our YouTube channel here: https://tinyurl.com/y2rktneh

Today's #TBT is a real blast from the past of one of Boston Children’s Museum’s previous exhibits! Comment with your gue...
01/28/2021

Today's #TBT is a real blast from the past of one of Boston Children’s Museum’s previous exhibits! Comment with your guess on the exhibit's name: "At ______ where everything is twelve times life-size, visitors learned about relationships between size, shape, and weight."

Photographer: Richard Howard.

01/27/2021

The main ingredient in today’s tasty STEAM activity: SNOW! Good thing we just got a fresh coat! Learn how to make your own delicious maple candy at home using snow—it’s the perfect treat for a cold day! Our maple candy expert, Alissa, will show you how.

01/27/2021
Japanese New Year Celebration: Kamishibai Storytime for Kids

Gather ‘round for a virtual Kamishibai storytime! As part of our Oshogatsu celebration in collaboration with the Japan Society of Boston, one of our Museum staff members reads “How the Years Were Named: Rainen wa Nanidoshi” in this traditional Japanese method that uses a set of story picture cards in a small wooden stage.

Before the era of TV, Kamishibai was a very popular form of entertainment for children, often performed in the streets. Today, it is an important part of oral tradition in Japan today. Check it out and enjoy.

If you are able, please support Boston Children's Museum through Patreon! Every dollar donated goes to creating more educational and fun content for kids: https://www.patreon.com/bostonchildrensmuseum

This young artist tried out yesterday's pattern coloring activity inspired by Dana Awartani, and we think she nailed it!...
01/26/2021

This young artist tried out yesterday's pattern coloring activity inspired by Dana Awartani, and we think she nailed it!

In case you missed it, you can try this activity too (and we'd love to see your masterpieces!): https://t.co/RoNnOkLU9A?amp=1

01/26/2021
Performing Artist of Inspiration: Gabby Diaz

We conclude our Performing Artists of Inspiration series with violinist and Co-Artistic Director of Winsor Music, Gabby Diaz. Gabby shares how she creates a space through music that brings her joy and how she shares that joy with others.

Thank you to Gabby and all the artists who participated and inspired us with their stories! You can catch up on all of our Performing Artist of Inspiration videos here: https://tinyurl.com/y5r8e3fs

We've tried it, and we can tell you with confidence: coloring patterns is the ultimate relaxation tool for kids AND adul...
01/25/2021

We've tried it, and we can tell you with confidence: coloring patterns is the ultimate relaxation tool for kids AND adults! Dana Awartani, our talented new Artist of Inspiration, draws, paints, and creates space with tiles to make intricate patterns.

We've adapted her methods into a simple and fun art activity for all. Learn about Dana and try the activity here: http://ow.ly/NxMN50DfIMq

Today, we have hope. By showing our children a world that embraces all identities, works actively towards inclusion, val...
01/24/2021

Today, we have hope. By showing our children a world that embraces all identities, works actively towards inclusion, values the planet, and spreads kindness, they will grow up to do the same. That is how we create change.

01/23/2021
Creature Feature Live

Join Alissa and Oliver the Ball Python this Saturday at 10am EST for Creature Feature live! Say hello to Ollie, learn more about snakes like him, and get your questions answered—live! We hope to see you there 🐍

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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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When will tickets be on sale for Feb?
Sorry but I'm 50 and I grew up with a sister who spent her whole life at the hospital because adults couldn't grasp that she was allergic to peanuts. My mom spent her time running to the hospital. It's ridiculous. It's 2020. Get with the program. Call it the No PB&J museum. BE THE CHANGE
I’m sorry to hear you have opened a cafe based off of peanut butter when so many children and adults have peanut allergies. Not an inclusive choice!
Opening a PB&J cafe at a children’s museum is honestly inconceivable to me. By opening a cafe dedicated to one of the top highly allergenic foods you are effectively closing the museum to children who suffer peanut allergies. If you look at the lists of which allergen is most likely to cause anaphylaxis, peanut is one of the highest, if not #1. Why would you intentionally highlight a food that is so dangerous for these children? It is insensitive at best and life threatening at worst. Is that the message you want to convey at your museum?
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A special invitation to Boston Children's Museum. Give to our fall fundraiser and enjoy Nature at its best. Help keep the Charles River Esplanade a green space for all and download an Activities Adventure packet. Come explore nature in a safe, outdoor setting and enjoy the last golden days of fall with hands-on learning. Kids earn an official Esplanade Explorer packet and moms and dads enjoy a coupon for free ice cream. Hurry while the last days of fall and supplies last!
We need your help. With any size donation to our fall fundraiser, using this link, help keep the Esplanade a green space for all! For a small donation, download a coupon for free ice cream with our thanks!
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