Discover the Discovery Museums with Free Friday Night Fun… and so much more!

Discover the Discovery Museums this summer…

The Discovery Museums are the children’s and science museums of Metrowest Boston, paired on a single campus in Acton.  The two museums—the Science Discovery Museum and the Children’s Discovery Museum—serve families and schools from towns throughout the region, with a commitment to informal education that enhances classroom learning.  The hands-on, playful exhibits, developed by professional educators, inspire curiosity, exploration, experimentation and imagination.  The Discovery Museums combine manageable scale, convenient location and free parking to provide a fun and engaging experience where children and adults can discover their world together.

This weekend Ziptivity will join Bessie for her Birthday Bash! Bessie, the big green dinosaur, has graced the front lawn of The Discovery Museums since opening in 1982—making her 29 years old.  And she doesn’t look a day over 28!  🙂

Enjoy fun activities all weekend, including FETCH!™ Lab science challenges, a magic show, dinosaur egg hunt, dinosaur crafts, face painting, outdoor dinosaur dig and more.  And of course, birthday cupcakes to celebrate this big girl’s special day.

New this summer, the Discovery Museums are pleased to announce their Free Friday Night Fun! program for summer 2011, offering free admission to both museums along with extended evening hours. Every Friday night between June 24 and August 26, both the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum will be open until 8:30pm, with free admission beginning at 4:30pm.  Families are invited to picnic under the stars and enjoy the Museums at night.  Visitors may bring a picnic dinner or purchase available food from the Dawg Days food cart.

Free Friday Night Fun! is an important component of the Museums’ Open Door Connections program, which provides opportunities for those who face a variety of barriers—financial, geographic, developmental, or cultural—to experience the Museums.  In addition, the Discovery Museums will collect donations for the Acton Food Pantry on Fridays as party of this special family promotion.  AFP’s wish list items include peanut butter, juice boxes, jam/jelly, Parmalat, baking mixes, and diapers.

The Discovery Museums are a great place for all kids. When my children were new walkers at a mere 11-months, I found the Children’s Museum, which is the first building as you approach the campus, was a phenomenal way to simultaneously bring both a fun and cognitively-rich activity to their developing minds.  From the first floor train room, chain reaction ball room, and bubble room, up to the restaurant role play area and everywhere in between, the toddlers just love it.  Just one precaution:  watch your wobbly ones near the staircase as they go from room to room.  The exploration opportunities abound!

These days, I can take my four kids ages 6, 8, 9 and 11 to the Science Discovery Museum building at the top of the hill.  And you know what?  They can still stay entertained – but now for hours.  It’s as if we brought the science classroom right into our weekends.  All the senses are stimulated and challenged from discoveries about light and sound, to trying their hands at woodworking and various crafts.

Be sure to bring your own food and drinks as they do not have a  snack bar on site, but they do have shaded picnic tables and encourage you to stay all day.  If you want to head out for a meal, our favorite is Not Your Average Joe’s right down the street.  Kids and adults alike get great meals there.

Lastly, if you are looking for a great place to host your child’s birthday, I highly recommend Discovery Museums.  We went to my son’s friend’s 4th birthday party last year and the kids had a ball while the adults could enjoy themselves without spending too much time planning or cooking!  Learn more about booking a party at Discovery here.

We hope to see you this weekend to celebrate the birthday of all birthdays – Bessie’s 29th! Imagine what her 30th will be like.  If it is anything like mine was xx years ago, …  oh, never mind.

From ZipNews this week, here are my “Top MetroWest ZipPicks” for this weekend: (Subscribe to ZipNews here!)

PMC Rides this Weekend

  • Bedford, Saturday, 9 am- 1 pm.
  • Concord, Saturday, 8:30 am – 12 pm.

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