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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.

2020 has one extra day to party - join us for a Night at the Museum! 💃🕺Our fourth annual Silly Soirée is on Leap Day, Fe...
02/15/2020

2020 has one extra day to party - join us for a Night at the Museum! 💃🕺Our fourth annual Silly Soirée is on Leap Day, February 29th. Enjoy a fancy-fun family night out and help all families have the opportunity to visit the Museum. Get tickets here: http://ow.ly/oUlB50yjNVw

02/15/2020

With Engineer's Week starting tomorrow, we can't help but think back to one of our favorite events of the past year — CreatedBy Festival 2019! Creativity and making are essential facets of engineering, and the festival was a celebration of both. Check out some of our favorite memories from the weekend.

Song credits: Opus Orange
#STEAMSaturday #EngineersWeek #CreatedByFest #KidsInSTEAM

Get ready to witness engineering at its coolest when the team from BattleBots Valkyrie is coming to the Museum! These in...
02/14/2020

Get ready to witness engineering at its coolest when the team from BattleBots Valkyrie is coming to the Museum! These incredible bot builders will help us bring our Engineer's Week to a close by showing off Valkyrie, their famous heavyweight robot, and hosting a special Q+A session where we’ll learn how it works. The Valkyrie - BattleBot team made waves participating in the Discovery's hit show, BattleBots. Don't miss out on this awesome event on Friday the 21st from 6pm-8pm! 🤖

Hooray, it's TJX $1 Friday! Admission is $1 for all visitors from 5:00PM-9:00PM. Join us at 6:30 for a Screenprinting ST...
02/14/2020

Hooray, it's TJX $1 Friday! Admission is $1 for all visitors from 5:00PM-9:00PM. Join us at 6:30 for a Screenprinting STEAM Family Workshop — sign up ahead of time in front of the STEAM Lab. See you tonight!

Bee mine! All of us at Boston Children's Museum wish you and your family a very happy Valentine's Day 💖 #HappyValentines...
02/14/2020

Bee mine! All of us at Boston Children's Museum wish you and your family a very happy Valentine's Day 💖 #HappyValentinesDay

We are so excited to welcome local artist Kalamu Kieta for a Visiting Artists Workshop this Sunday at 11am, 12:15pm, and...
02/13/2020

We are so excited to welcome local artist Kalamu Kieta for a Visiting Artists Workshop this Sunday at 11am, 12:15pm, and 2pm!

Kalamu is a visual artist who works with several different mediums, including pencil, paint, wood, and wire. His workshop will be inspired by the question "What universe in your imagination would you like to share with others?" Join us in the Art Lab this Sunday and let's build our universe together!

Check out Kalamu's website here: https://www.kalamuekieta.com/about

#EngineersWeek begins this Sunday! We're celebrating with a week's worth of programming aimed at encouraging kids to emb...
02/13/2020

#EngineersWeek begins this Sunday! We're celebrating with a week's worth of programming aimed at encouraging kids to embrace their inner "maker", with activities like soldering, sound engineering, circuit building, PVC pipe construction, and more. Next week, come create with us!

#STEAM #Engineering #KidsInSteam

Empathy is an essential skill for children to develop in order to understand the feelings of others, especially when tho...
02/12/2020
Seven Ways to Foster Empathy in Kids

Empathy is an essential skill for children to develop in order to understand the feelings of others, especially when those feelings differ from their own. Check out these helpful tips for nurturing empathy in your child.

https://tinyurl.com/s6zx2ow

In our age of narcissism, a new book offers research-based tips for encouraging children to be empathic.

South Shore mommy blogger Michaela Colón recently visited the redesigned #PlaySpace with her two young daughters, and sh...
02/11/2020
FindLoveAlways: Our adventure at PlaySpace in the Boston Children's Museum

South Shore mommy blogger Michaela Colón recently visited the redesigned #PlaySpace with her two young daughters, and she describes her experience in detail in her latest Findlovealways blog post. Check it out!

https://www.findlovealways.com/2020/02/adventures-at-playspace-in-boston.html

activities Our adventure at PlaySpace in the Boston Children's Museum By findlovealways - February 10, 2020 As a parent of two toddler, I find it really difficult to find a play place that really caters to young children under the age of three.  When I first heard that The Boston Children's Museum ...

The train table is a favorite in #PlaySpace. Kids can be conductor as they chug through tunnels, bridges, stations, and ...
02/11/2020

The train table is a favorite in #PlaySpace. Kids can be conductor as they chug through tunnels, bridges, stations, and more on this giant hand-crafted track! Check out the table and so much more in the brand new PlaySpace, open now!

Understanding shapes helps kids develop skills like creativity, sorting, pre-reading and writing, geometry, and even com...
02/10/2020

Understanding shapes helps kids develop skills like creativity, sorting, pre-reading and writing, geometry, and even communication. Throughout the month of February, stop by the Art Lab to create art using shapes! Post your creation and tag #BostonChildrensMuseum to be featured!

We absolutely love this Sunday's #QuoteOfTheWeek — we hope to give our children the tools they need to soar with the kno...
02/09/2020

We absolutely love this Sunday's #QuoteOfTheWeek — we hope to give our children the tools they need to soar with the knowledge that they always have a safe place to land. 💖

In BabyScape, our infants-only area of the new #PlaySpace, your tiniest tots can climb, explore, and discover all that t...
02/07/2020

In BabyScape, our infants-only area of the new #PlaySpace, your tiniest tots can climb, explore, and discover all that they can accomplish through movement. PlaySpace is now open, and we can't wait to share it with you and your little ones!

The djembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands. The name of the djembe comes from the saying...
02/07/2020

The djembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands. The name of the djembe comes from the saying "Anke djé, anke bé" which translates to "everyone gather together in peace" and defines the drum's purpose.

This Sunday at 1:30, come hear the djembe along with other West African drums as we gather in peace for a fun show by the talented performers of Benkadi Drum & Dance! #WestAfricanDance #BlackHistoryMonth

At Silly Soirée, break dancing is highly encouraged — this little guy got the message (and the moves!) Our annual formal...
02/06/2020

At Silly Soirée, break dancing is highly encouraged — this little guy got the message (and the moves!) Our annual formal night out for kids and their grownups is coming up on February 29th, and tickets are available now! Dance off, anyone? 💃🕺 #SillySoiree

Get your tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/rmck7k2

In her latest blog post, Boston Children's Musem CEO and President Carole Charnow expresses her excitement at the newly ...
02/06/2020
Hooray — the New PlaySpace is Here!

In her latest blog post, Boston Children's Musem CEO and President Carole Charnow expresses her excitement at the newly opened and redesigned #PlaySpace exhibit and discusses why spaces like this are so important for families with young children. Read it here: https://tinyurl.com/wqvqqwy

I am absolutely thrilled to announce the opening of the new, completely redesigned PlaySpace, Boston Children’s Museum long-beloved exhibit space for 0-3-year-olds. After extensive research on earl…

The water table is a staple in PlaySpace, where kids are encouraged to get a little messy as they play! The new PlaySpac...
02/06/2020

The water table is a staple in PlaySpace, where kids are encouraged to get a little messy as they play! The new PlaySpace is now OPEN! 🎉 #PlaySpace

Even though we know that screen-time isn't great for our kids' health, screens can be hard to avoid, especially in the w...
02/06/2020
8 Screen-Free Indoor Activities for Kids - Nature's Path

Even though we know that screen-time isn't great for our kids' health, screens can be hard to avoid, especially in the winter when playing outside isn't always an option. Here are some great ideas for fun, screen-free indoor activities your kids will love: https://tinyurl.com/ubfkeum

If you live in northern parts of the world, chances are February isn’t one of the mildest months. In the places I’ve lived, this month is typified by either dark rain cloud or grey melted snow. Though I do believe there is no bad weather, just bad clothing, February is a month where we tend to ....

IT'S HERE! After extensive research, observations, conversations, planning, design, and construction, we are thrilled to...
02/05/2020

IT'S HERE! After extensive research, observations, conversations, planning, design, and construction, we are thrilled to announce that our new PlaySpace is finally OPEN! This unique, first-of-its-kind exhibit is exclusively for 0-3 year olds and their grownups. It is a space for exploration, growth, wonder, and connection. Come check out the completely redesigned space with your 0-3 year old — we can't wait to share it with you. #PlaySpace #MuseumWithinAMuseum

In partnership with 98.5 The Sports Hub, for every Power Play during Boston Bruins games this season PNC Bank is donatin...
02/05/2020

In partnership with 98.5 The Sports Hub, for every Power Play during Boston Bruins games this season PNC Bank is donating $250 to Boston organizations focussed on early childhood education and development. We are thrilled to be their spotlight organization during the month of February, and we had so much fun cheering on the team during last night's game — hooray for 5 Power Plays and a big win!

Happy 150th birthday to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston! Boston Children's Museum is proud to be a partner to the MFA an...
02/04/2020

Happy 150th birthday to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston! Boston Children's Museum is proud to be a partner to the MFA and we're thrilled to celebrate this major milestone with them. Learn about the new initiatives the MFA is offering during their anniversary year here: https://tinyurl.com/w3gwpke #MFA

Throughout the months of December and January, we raised money to install a new turtle tank for our beloved painted 🐢 fr...
02/03/2020

Throughout the months of December and January, we raised money to install a new turtle tank for our beloved painted 🐢 friends at the Museum, Frida and Georgia. We are thrilled to be able to provide them with a brand new home, and we couldn't have done this without your generous support. On behalf of Frida, Georgia, and all of us at Boston Children's Museum — THANK YOU!

We had so much fun celebrating Lunar New Year this weekend! Thank you to everyone who came out to ring in the Year of th...
02/03/2020

We had so much fun celebrating Lunar New Year this weekend! Thank you to everyone who came out to ring in the Year of the Rat with us. Check out some photos from this memorable weekend full of music, dance, art, and community.

Thank you to our partners who made this event so successful: author Long Zhen Han, Korean American Cultural Foundation, Wang YMCA of Chinatown, Chu Ling Dance Academy, Westwood Chinese School, artist Ngoc-Tran Vu, Shirley Wong, and the Worcester Youth Nian Dancers.

The power of play doesn't just work for kids! We all benefit from time spent at play, regardless of age. #ThePowerOfPlay
02/02/2020

The power of play doesn't just work for kids! We all benefit from time spent at play, regardless of age. #ThePowerOfPlay

If you're looking for a fun activity to do with the kids this weekend (besides coming to the Museum!) check out this awe...
02/01/2020
Mini Lid Banjos | The Craft Train

If you're looking for a fun activity to do with the kids this weekend (besides coming to the Museum!) check out this awesome, super-simple DIY mini lid banjo. It's the perfect activity for an icy cold day spent inside, and will get the kids thinking musically! #DIY
http://ow.ly/s9dS50y84JX

The most adorable miniature banjos made from recycled jar lids and loom bands. This is a great way to upcycle and a fun STEM DIY toy for kids!

Hooray, it's TJX $1 Friday! Admission is $1 for all visitors from 5:00PM-9:00PM. Join us at 6:00 for the start of our we...
01/31/2020

Hooray, it's TJX $1 Friday! Admission is $1 for all visitors from 5:00PM-9:00PM. Join us at 6:00 for the start of our weekend-long Lunar New Year celebration!

Exactly one more month until Silly Soirée! Get dressed to the nines for this extra special date night on the town, plann...
01/29/2020

Exactly one more month until Silly Soirée! Get dressed to the nines for this extra special date night on the town, planned BY the kids, FOR the kids! 🕺💃 All proceeds from the event allow children and families to access the Museum and its programming, regardless of challenging life circumstances. Early bird tickets are available until January 31st — get yours here: https://tinyurl.com/waensjg

Our Lunar New Year celebration is multi-faceted! At the weekend-long party, you'll find dance performances, arts and cra...
01/28/2020

Our Lunar New Year celebration is multi-faceted! At the weekend-long party, you'll find dance performances, arts and crafts, story times, slime making, games, and MUCH more as we ring in the Year of the 🐀 . Something for everyone!

This event is free with regular museum admission. We hope to see you there! #LunarNewYear

Throwback to last year’s Lunar New Year celebration, featuring a traditional Lion Dance by the Worcester Youth Nian Danc...
01/27/2020

Throwback to last year’s Lunar New Year celebration, featuring a traditional Lion Dance by the Worcester Youth Nian Dancers! The lion will be back again for this weekend’s celebration, helping us ring in the Year of the Rat along with many other performers and activities. Join us Friday from 6:00-8:30 and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-4:00 for the fun! #LunarNewYear #YearOfTheRat

There is no gap between play and learning — in reality they are one and the same. #ThePowerOfPlay
01/26/2020

There is no gap between play and learning — in reality they are one and the same. #ThePowerOfPlay

We are offering several free, hands-on workshops for PreK-K educators on giving young children more opportunities to pra...
01/25/2020

We are offering several free, hands-on workshops for PreK-K educators on giving young children more opportunities to practice being empathetic innovators and problem solvers. Applications are now open for several dates throughout February and March! Learn more and apply here: http://ow.ly/32OL50y01Jn

Next weekend, join us for a three-day celebration of Lunar New Year! Throughout the weekend, we will share stories of ho...
01/23/2020

Next weekend, join us for a three-day celebration of Lunar New Year! Throughout the weekend, we will share stories of how Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese communities in Boston celebrate the New Year through dance, games, and art. We hope to provide children with opportunities to share and learn through play during this celebratory time, with help from our amazing community partners! Learn more about the weekend's events here: https://tinyurl.com/tb2jmyq #LunarNewYear #YearOfTheRat

Our STEAM Team was thrilled to attend last weekend's Create and Curiosity Fair hosted by Science Friday. The event was a...
01/22/2020

Our STEAM Team was thrilled to attend last weekend's Create and Curiosity Fair hosted by Science Friday. The event was a celebration of the best things happening at the intersection of the art and science, bringing together local artists, scientists, and experts of all kinds. Exhibitors showed off their interactive pieces and gave attendees hands-on demonstrations throughout the evening. We were ecstatic to be a part of such an innovative and fun event for both kids and adults alike! #STEAM #CreateAndCuriousityFair

01/22/2020

We are Frida and Georgia and we need a new home.
A tank with lots of room to play and to roam.
There will be much to see both above and below.
We aren't too modest so we'll put on a good show!

We love to observe those who peek through the sides.
Their strange shell-less bodies and long-legged strides.
The children love us so as they "ooh" and they "aah."
Some have never seen turtles and just stare in awe.

Our new abode needs to be state-of-the-art.
A costly endeavor that's close to our heart.
We make little money through swimming about.
So we ask you kindly to please help us out.

DONATE HERE: http://ow.ly/fSMl50y025a

What will the future look like if we give young children more opportunities to practice being empathic innovators and pr...
01/21/2020
Engineering and Empathy | Learning Resources | Boston Children's Museum

What will the future look like if we give young children more opportunities to practice being empathic innovators and problem solvers? Boston Children’s Museum wants you to help us find out!

We are offering free, hands-on workshops aimed at PreK-K educators on several dates throughout February and March. Applications are now open!

Learn more about these workshops and apply here: http://ow.ly/32OL50y01Jn

Creating Integrated Engineering and Empathy Curriculum for Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten ClassroomsWhat will the future look like if we give young children more opportunities to practice being empathic innovators and problem solvers? At its core, engineering is one way that humans design things....

Cha-ching! Our Money Matters Family Festival is this Friday! Presented by Citizens Bank, the festival fosters playful le...
01/21/2020

Cha-ching! Our Money Matters Family Festival is this Friday! Presented by Citizens Bank, the festival fosters playful learning experiences that promote financial literacy and intergenerational conversations about earning, spending, saving and sharing money. Role play different professions and exchange pretend goods and services in the Museum exhibits. Use a budget to buy materials and build something, explore coins from around the world, and think about money in new and fun ways! Join us this Friday from 5:30-8:30! 💰#MoneyMatters

Congratulations to Harvard Art Museum on their upcoming exhibit, “Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collectio...
01/20/2020
Exhibitions, Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection | Harvard Art Museums

Congratulations to Harvard Art Museum on their upcoming exhibit, “Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection”, opening on February 14, 2020! https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/exhibitions/5909/painting-edo-japanese-art-from-the-feinberg-collection

Professor Yukio Lippit, one of the curators for this special exhibition, is our longtime friend and supporter of the Japanese House exhibit here at Boston Children’s Museum. Check out this video that we created with him about the Japanese House, “Visit the Kyo no Machiya with Professor Lippit.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwzTTa8Ni4s

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Our Oshogatsu celebration was one to remember! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the traditions of Japanese Ne...
01/20/2020

Our Oshogatsu celebration was one to remember! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the traditions of Japanese New Year with us. Welcome, Year of the Rat! Check out some of our favorite moments from this amazing, jam-packed day.

A special thank you to all of our partners that helped make this event a success:

Consulate General of Japan in Boston
Japan Festival Boston
The Japan Society of Boston
Chorus Boston
Odaiko New England
Steve Long and Ako Hiratsuka
Urasenke Boston

Join us today for our special MLK Day programming! At 11:00, we're joined by the organization Wee the People for a works...
01/20/2020

Join us today for our special MLK Day programming! At 11:00, we're joined by the organization Wee the People for a workshop celebrating and reclaiming the life and leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. At 2:30, join us for a can't-miss hip hop performance from the talented Deafinitely Crew, a group of deaf and hearing kids who use art to share a message of inclusion and anti-bullying. #MLKDay

These words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remain as true and relevant today as they did when they were first said in 1...
01/19/2020

These words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remain as true and relevant today as they did when they were first said in 1968. As we remember his life and legacy, we strive to live these words through our everyday actions, both big and small. #MLKday

Tomorrow, 1/19, we are welcoming 2020 Japanese Oshogatsu style! Join us (and Shishi the lion!) for an epic celebration o...
01/18/2020

Tomorrow, 1/19, we are welcoming 2020 Japanese Oshogatsu style! Join us (and Shishi the lion!) for an epic celebration of Japanese New Year complete with Taiko drumming, dance, mochi rice pounding, a traditional tea ceremony, giant origami making, and more! #JapaneseNewYear #Oshogatsu

We're getting things ready for this weekend's  Japanese New Year celebration! These special OSHOGATSU calligraphy decora...
01/17/2020

We're getting things ready for this weekend's Japanese New Year celebration! These special OSHOGATSU calligraphy decorations, with many auspicious words for the new year, are now hung up in the lobby. It has been our tradition to bring them out for once a year for a few days in January.

Mark your calendar - OSHOGATSU 2020 the Japanese New Year’s Celebration on Sunday, January 19th! #Oshogatsu #JapaneseNewYear

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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.

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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.