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Discovery Museum

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177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
978-264-4200 https://www.discoveryacton.org

June 2018

Summer Friday Nights Free! at Discovery Museum

June 29, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:30 pm on Friday, repeating until August 31, 2018

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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FREE

4:30pm to 8pm, every Friday night June 22nd to Aug 31st at Discovery Museum Cost: Free!   Join us with free admission every Friday night throughout the summer! Explore your NEW Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods, and buy a cone from the Vee Bop ice cream truck while it is here.   We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard and the Acton Food Pantry. Thank you!

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August 2018

The Caterpillar Lab

August 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until September 2, 2018

An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until September 2, 2018

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Wednesday, August 29 through Sunday, September 2, 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm —Drop in Cost: Free with admission It’s Caterpillar Week at the Discovery Museum! Join us as The Caterpillar Lab takes over our PlayLab and turns it into a mini version of their own lab space, located in Keene, NH. This program will feature a huge variety of New England caterpillar species and there will be plenty to see and touch! Educators from The Caterpillar Lab will…

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September 2018

Backyard and Beyond: Superfood: The Acorn

September 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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FREE

Cost: Free with admission Registration Required: Register Now Acorns have been a dietary staple for humans from around the world throughout our history. Somehow, Somewhere, we forgot how to eat this nutritional super food. Come learn how to gather, dry, open, and make acorns edible. We will also learn what we can do and make with acorns to create delicious gourmet meals. Tasting samples will be provided! Please note this program requires pre-registration at http://bit.ly/PrimiTimAcornsSept2018 and is limited to 20…

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November 2018

First Friday Nights Free! and FIRST Lego Robotics Demo

November 2, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Join us with free admission and explore the Discovery Museum at night on the first Friday of every month!  We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard.  Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank, with additional support from Emerson Hospital. Tonight: FIRST Lego Robotics Drop-in 5:00pm – 7:00pm Join FIRST Robotics Team 6328 - Mechanical Advantage from Littleton, MA for a STEM filled night! The team will be demoing their 2017 competition robot,…

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Wonder of Learning: Community Materials Day – Indoor Fort Building

November 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$14.50

Join us and help build an ever-changing, room-sized blanket fort. What can we do with clothespins, sheets, and cardboard boxes? Just about anything! This program is planned in collaboration with Wonder of Learning 2018 — an exhibition, conference, and professional development series highlighting best practices in early childhood education.

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Celebrate National Take A Hike Day: Orienteering

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$14.50

Orienteering is the sport of using a detailed map to find your way through the woods.  Grab a map at the admissions desk and go on an orienteering adventure on the conservation land adjacent to Discovery Woods.  There are three courses varying in difficulty, so there’s something for everyone!  To learn more or download a map, visit http://www.discoverymuseums.org/exhibit/orienteering.  Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information…

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Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays

November 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$14.50

A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, our Forest Friday program will be held outside, no matter the weather! Every Friday morning we’ll do a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the conservation land adjacent to the museum. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-6 year olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear…

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December 2018

Winter Workshop: Make a Stamp and Wrapping Paper Too!

December 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States

Create a stamp of your own! With your creativity and imagination, basic shapes come together in a design that you can use again and again to create endless patterns. Then test out your stamp along with others to make some homemade wrapping paper for the holiday season! Event included in admission, $14.50. Enjoy this program and more at the all-NEW Discovery Museum! In our new, 16,000sf building we’ve re-created the best hands-on STEAM exhibits from our original two museums—for little…

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Bessie’s Noon Year’s Eve Pajama Dance Party!

December 31, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States

Let’s get ready to shake, rattle, and roll into the New Year by making party hats and noise makers! Come decked out in your finest pajamas and stick around for our pajama dance party at 11:45am with a countdown to 12 (noon). We’ll have a DJ on hand to help us kick up our heels and dance the morning away! Event included in admission, $14.50. NOTE: Museum closing early at 3:00pm

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January 2019

Velocity Engineering Lab at the Discovery Museum

January 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day 12 of the month, repeating until April 28, 2019

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Velocity Engineering Lab at the Discovery Museum January 12, 2019 – April 28, 2019 only Balls, ramps, jumps, loops--and physics fun! Race golf balls along winding, sloping, and looping tracks and explore how gravity, friction, speed, and acceleration affect the velocity and trajectory of moving objects. Velocity Engineering Lab will be located in the Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery on the Discovery Museum's first floor from January 12 through April 28th. Five distinct activity areas—a Roller Coaster and Serpentine, Jump…

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February 2019

First Friday Nights Free!

February 1, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Free

Join us with free admission and explore the Discovery Museum at night on the first Friday of every month!  We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard.  Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank, with additional support from Emerson Hospital.

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Celebrate National Engineers Week!

February 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Join us as we celebrate National Engineers Week! February 16 - February 23, 2019. Engage in some everyday engineering, from Balls and Ramps to Indoor Fort Building, Straw Structures, SailMobiles and more! Check our website for the event of the day, www.discoveryacton.org. 11:00am to 2:00pm each day. National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

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Celebrate National Engineers Week!

February 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Join us as we celebrate National Engineers Week! February 16 - February 23, 2019. Engage in some everyday engineering, from Balls and Ramps to Indoor Fort Building, Straw Structures, SailMobiles and more! Check our website for the event of the day, www.discoveryacton.org. 11:00am to 2:00pm each day. National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

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March 2019

SMART Gals (Science, Math, Art)

March 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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March is Women’s History Month! Join us as we learn about women who have made important contributions throughout history to the fields of science, math and art, including Mary Anning, Rosalind Franklin, and Beatrix Potter. Various dates throughout the month of March, check our website for details: www.discoveryacton.org. Events included in museum admission, $14.50.

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April 2019

Celebrate National Kite Month! Tinker Tuesday: Kites

April 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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April is National Kite Month. Help us celebrate by engineering your very own kite. Create and experiment using the various materials provided to design your very own kite, add tails, then test out your creation. Will your kite soar to great heights? The Tinker Tuesday program series at the Discovery Museum nurtures creativity, problem-solving, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts through experimentation, design, and invention. Event included in admission, $14.50. --- Enjoy this program and more at…

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First Friday Nights Free!

April 5, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Free

Join us with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month!  We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard.  Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank, with additional support from Emerson Hospital.

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Tinytropolis

April 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - April 20, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Come visit the Mini City with a Big Future! Join us as we design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity. This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 6 days.

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Backyard and Beyond: Earth Day Clean Up

April 24, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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We’re celebrating Earth Day a little late this year, but it’s never too late to do an Earth Day clean up! Meet us in Discovery Woods to pick up your equipment and a bag and then venture onto the Conservation Land for a litter clean up scavenger hunt in the woods.  Whether you find everything on the list or not, you’ll be leaving the earth a little cleaner! Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller…

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May 2019

Everyday Engineering: Air Play

May 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Build creations that float and fly in a tunnel of swirling air. Explore materials with different properties--heavy, light, flexible, stiff--as you craft your contraptions. Event included in admission, $14.50. Our mission: to inspire enduring curiosity and love of learning.  At the Discovery Museum, children discover open-ended, interactive activities that encourage exploration and imagination.  

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Velocity Engineering Lab at the Discovery Museum

May 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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January 12, 2019 – April 28, 2019 Balls, ramps, jumps, loops--and physics fun! Race golf balls along winding, sloping, and looping tracks and explore how gravity, friction, speed, and acceleration affect the velocity and trajectory of moving objects. Velocity Engineering Lab will be located in the Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery on the Discovery Museum's first floor from January 12 through June 9th. Five distinct activity areas—a Roller Coaster and Serpentine, Jump Track, Loop Track, Half-Pipe, and Dish—demonstrate the speed,…

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Velocity Engineering Lab at the Discovery Museum

May 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Balls, ramps, jumps, loops--and physics fun! Race golf balls along winding, sloping, and looping tracks and explore how gravity, friction, speed, and acceleration affect the velocity and trajectory of moving objects. Velocity Engineering Lab will be located in the Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery on the Discovery Museum's first floor from January 12 through June 9th. Five distinct activity areas—a Roller Coaster and Serpentine, Jump Track, Loop Track, Half-Pipe, and Dish—demonstrate the speed, trajectory, velocity, and momentum of moving objects.…

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Flower Power Week: Flower Suncatchers

May 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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April showers bring May flowers! Join us for Flower Power Week at the Discovery Museum with activities each day, May 28 to May 31, 2019. Today, we’re keeping the flower power going with flower petal suncatchers.  Join us and make some flowery art! Event included in admission, $14.50.

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June 2019

Velocity Engineering Lab at the Discovery Museum

June 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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January 12, 2019 – April 28, 2019 Balls, ramps, jumps, loops--and physics fun! Race golf balls along winding, sloping, and looping tracks and explore how gravity, friction, speed, and acceleration affect the velocity and trajectory of moving objects. Velocity Engineering Lab will be located in the Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery on the Discovery Museum's first floor from January 12 through June 9th. Five distinct activity areas—a Roller Coaster and Serpentine, Jump Track, Loop Track, Half-Pipe, and Dish—demonstrate the speed,…

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Dirtopia at the Discovery Museum!

June 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - June 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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The giant pile of dirt is back!  Scoop, sculpt, squish!  Dig, climb, burrow!  Mud pies, mud paintings, mud this, and mud that.  Bring your boots and prepare to get messy. Join us as we discover the infinite potential of dirt. *This program will happen light rain or shine. Heavy rain or other inclement weather may result in program cancellation.

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September 2019

Caterpillars: Life on the Leaf Edge

September 11, 2019 - October 6, 2019
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Explore a live caterpillar experience combined with hands-on, immersive activities inspired by these incredible and stunning local creatures. Live caterpillars are on view Wednesdays through Sundays only. Created in collaboration with Sam Jaffe, founder and educator from The Caterpillar Lab in Marlborough, NH.

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Backyard and Beyond: International Rock Flipping Day

September 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Did you know that the second Sunday of September is International Rock Flipping Day? We’re celebrating a few days early with a walk through the conservation land to flip some rocks and explore the tiny and mysterious worlds underneath! Visit the IRFD website to take a look at what others have discovered and post your own photos: http://rockflipping.org/. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information…

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International Dot Day

September 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

International Dot Day, is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot. Come explore the book for the first time or maybe the hundredth. While you are here try out a few different techniques to make your own dot artwork.

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Build a Bug

September 20, 2019
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Inspired by our temporary exhibit, Caterpillars: Life on the Leaf Edge, in combination with The Caterpillar Lab, we will create unique bugs of our own. Use repurposed and recycled materials to imagine and build your very own 6-legged friend.

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Take a Child Outside Week

September 24, 2019 - September 29, 2019
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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We're celebrating with a week full of fun outdoor activities. Times differ each day. Sept 24, 10am - 11am Nature Textures: Explore Discovery Woods in search of natural items with different textures. Sept 25, 10am - 11am What's the Weather Wednesday: We'll be doing an activity that works with the weather, whether it's windy, sunny, or rainy. Sept 26, 10am - 11am Wacky Bubbles: Play and experiment with bubbles of different shapes and sizes. Sept 27, 10am - 10:45am Backyard…

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October 2019

First Friday Nights Free!

October 4, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 5, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Join us with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month! We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard. Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

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Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Science

October 11, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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What does the inside of a pumpkin feel like? Can you guess how many seeds are in a pumpkin? Does a pumpkin sink or float in water? Explore all of these questions and more at our pumpkin exploration station. Be a part of all of ooey gooey fun!

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LEGO (c) Zone

October 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00 am, repeating until October 14, 2019

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

You bring your imagination and we’ll supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at some fun challenges and games, or just dig-in to our huge collection of LEGO bricks and build to your heart’s content. How do you LEGO?

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Doggy Days: Howl-o-ween

October 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Abby the Therapy Dog needs your help deciding what costume she should wear on Halloween. Tell Abby all about your Halloween costume, help her play doggy dress-up, and vote for the costume you think she should wear trick-or-treating! Abby is a certified Therapy Dog from the Pets & People Foundation, which means she’s happy to meet both enthusiastic dog-lovers and anyone who’s curious but might be shy.

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Celebrate National Chemistry Week: Marvelous Metals

October 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until October 25, 2019

One event on October 26, 2019 at 11:00 am

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Discover the wonders of chemistry as we celebrate National Chemistry Week. Join us for fun, hands-on activities around this year’s theme, Marvelous Metals. Experiment with a metal that remembers its shape; explore metals and magnets and more.

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Halloween Trail Walk and Treasure Hunt

October 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Get dressed up in your Halloween costumes and take a walk through the woods with us. We’ll be using a trail map and compass to discover treats along the way. This program is weather and conditions dependent. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit http://www.actontrails.org/great-hill/.

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November 2019

First Friday Nights Free!

November 1, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 5, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Join us with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month! We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard. Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

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Especially for Me! Free Evening for Families with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or KODA Children

November 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Free

Join us during this special free evening especially for families with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or KODA children. In our ADA-compliant building you can play, explore, and learn while the museum is closed to the general public. ASL Interpreters will be available. Dinner, including a gluten-free option, will be provided. Pre-registration required at http://bit.ly/DHHEveningNov2019 as space is limited. Tonight’s Program: Come make a furry friend! Drop by between 5:30pm and 7:00pm to meet volunteers (both human and canine!) from Pets…

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Scribble Bots

November 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Come create dynamic drawings using simple DIY robotic contraptions made of spinning and wiggling motors, markers, tape, pipe cleaners and a variety of recycled and repurposed materials. Set your machine in motion and watch it leave a trail of unexpected patterns.

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Backyard and Beyond: Knife Skills with PrimiTim

November 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Knives have proven themselves to be the most useful tools in the woods. They are used to carve, slice, and cut our way through any task that is thrown at us. Being able to effectively and safely use a knife is a crucial survival skill, and a must-know for anyone who is passionate about adventuring outdoors. This program may involve a walk in the conservation land adjoining Discovery Woods, please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or…

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Especially for Me! Free Sensory-Friendly Afternoons

November 12, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Free

Come explore the accessible Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods. Sensory-Friendly Afternoons are all about inclusion. During these events the museum is open to the general public, but group visits and birthday parties are not scheduled, to avoid crowding and support access to exhibits. Resources available to prepare for your visit include Story Guides to the Museum and Discovery Woods, as well a Sensory Guide. These are available both online at http://bit.ly/EspeciallyforMe and at our Admissions Desk. You might also visit…

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Especially for Me! Free Autism-Friendly Evening

November 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Free

Join us during this special free evening especially for families with members on the autism spectrum. In our ADA-compliant building you can play, explore, and learn while the museum is closed to the general public. Dinner, including a gluten-free option, will be provided. Pre-registration required at http://bit.ly/ASDEveningNov2019 as space is limited. Tonight’s Program: Harmonize! Jam with us at 5:30pm and again at 6:30pm. A music therapist will be on site to play and perform with you. Please Note: Discovery Woods…

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Celebrate National Take a Hike Day: Walking Sticks

November 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Hop out onto the Great Hill conservation land adjacent to Discovery Woods to find the perfect walking stick, then bring it back to Discovery Woods and decorate it. We’ll provide the art supplies, you bring your imagination! Once you’ve created the perfect walking stick, take it on a test drive on the conservation land or through Fairyborough. Please note that these trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. This program is weather and conditions…

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LEGO (R) Zone

November 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until November 30, 2019

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

You bring your imagination and we’ll supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at some fun LEGO challenges and games, or just dig-in to our huge collection of LEGO bricks and build to your heart’s content. How do you LEGO?

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LEGO (R) Zone

November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until November 30, 2019

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

You bring your imagination and we’ll supply the LEGOs. Try your hand at some fun LEGO challenges and games, or just dig-in to our huge collection of LEGO bricks and build to your heart’s content. How do you LEGO?

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December 2019

Backyard and Beyond: Winter Tracking with PrimiTim

December 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$14.50

Signs of animals are all around us, if we know where to look! Join primitive-skills expert, Tim “PrimiTim” Swanson, to learn and practice the ancient skill of tracking. He’ll take us on an adventure looking for signs of the animals that live all around us. Depending on weather, this program may involve a walk in the conservation land adjoining Discovery Woods, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for being outdoors, please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA…

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First Friday Nights Free!

December 6, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 5, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Join us with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month! We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard. Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

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Meet the Scientists!

December 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Free

What’s it like to be a scientist or engineer? Find out in this special program where you can talk to real scientists and engineers and do the hands-on activities they’ve developed to showcase their work. Discover why they find STEM cool and exciting while learning about their research and interests. Check our website before the event for a list of the scientists and engineers who will be participating, and what type of science activity they will provide. This event is…

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Especially for Me! Free Sensory-Friendly Afternoons

December 10, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Free

Come explore the accessible Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods. Sensory-Friendly Afternoons are all about inclusion. During these events the museum is open to the general public, but group visits and birthday parties are not scheduled, to avoid crowding and support access to exhibits. Resources available to prepare for your visit include Story Guides to the Museum and Discovery Woods, as well a Sensory Guide. These are available both online at http://bit.ly/EspeciallyforMe and at our Admissions Desk. You might also visit…

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Make a Mess: Spin Art

December 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$14.50

We’re putting a fresh spin on art! We’ll twist our tools, twirl our paper, and give our watercolors a whirl. Whatever technique you choose, you’ll create a uniquely spun piece of art that won’t leave you dizzy. The Make a Mess program series introduces STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through sensory-based hands-on experiences, imagination, and fun.

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Solstice Shadows

December 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Today is the winter solstice! Join us as we play with light and shadows. Can you make your shadow grow and shrink? Can you make it dance? What more can you discover about shadows?

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Everyday Engineering: Cup Towers

December 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until December 23, 2019

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Challenge yourself to construct a one-of-a-kind structure made entirely out of cups. What will you build?

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Everyday Engineering: Cup Towers

December 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until December 23, 2019

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Challenge yourself to construct a one-of-a-kind structure made entirely out of cups. What will you build?

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Everyday Engineering: Balls and Ramps

December 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until December 30, 2019

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Design, build and test out some simple tracks and mini-rollercoasters. Make straightaways, loop-da-loops and hills out of tubing and cardboard to send marbles and golf balls on a thrilling ride.

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Everyday Engineering: Balls and Ramps

December 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until December 30, 2019

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Design, build and test out some simple tracks and mini-rollercoasters. Make straightaways, loop-da-loops and hills out of tubing and cardboard to send marbles and golf balls on a thrilling ride.

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Everyday Engineering: Balls and Ramps

December 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until December 30, 2019

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Design, build and test out some simple tracks and mini-rollercoasters. Make straightaways, loop-da-loops and hills out of tubing and cardboard to send marbles and golf balls on a thrilling ride.

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Bessie’s Noon Year’s Eve Pajama Party

December 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Let’s get ready to shake, rattle, and roll into the New Year by making party hats and noise makers! Come decked out in your finest pajamas and stick around for our pajama dance party at 11:45am with a countdown to 12 (noon).

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January 2020

First Friday Nights Free!

January 3, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 5, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Join us with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month! We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard. Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

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Backyard and Beyond: Winter Survival Workshop with PrimiTim

January 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

This class offers tools and techniques you can use if you ever find yourself cold, hungry, and alone in the wilderness. Our expert survivalist, Tim “PrimiTim” Swanson, will cover basic shelter building, wild edibles, water gathering, fire starting, tracking, and ways to get rescued by using natural and manufactured survival tools! This program may involve a walk in the conservation land adjoining Discovery Woods, please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate…

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Especially for Me! Free Sensory-Friendly Afternoons

January 7, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Free

Come explore the accessible Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods. Sensory-Friendly Afternoons are all about inclusion. During these events, the museum is open to the general public, but group visits and birthday parties are not scheduled, to avoid crowding and support access to exhibits. Resources available to prepare for your visit include Story Guides to the Museum and Discovery Woods, as well a Sensory Guide. These are available both online at http://bit.ly/EspeciallyforMe and at our Admissions Desk. You might also visit…

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Backyard and Beyond: Winter Scavenger Hunt

January 10, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Discovery Woods is full of natural materials to excite your sense of sight and touch. Look closely and experiment with some of the most interesting textures found in Discovery Woods. Explore this wintery-wonderland… can you find something frosty or frozen, fuzzy, scratchy, smooth, and rough? You never know what you might discover! This program is weather dependent. Heavy rain or other inclement weather may result in changes to the program or cancellation. Backyard and Beyond programs are sponsored by Blue…

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Toys: The Inside Story

January 18, 2020 - May 10, 2020
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Did you ever want to open an Etch-a-Sketch® to see how it works? Wonder what makes Elmo® dance? Want to see what triggers the buzzer in Operation®? Explore the inside world of toys and the pulleys, cams, gears, circuits, and linkages that make them work. Toys: The Inside Story will be located in the Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery at Discovery Museum from January 18 to May 10, 2020.

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Tinkering with Toys: Build-a-Track

January 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00 am, repeating until January 20, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Race, vroom, and whiz on toy tracks of your own design! Build and test out roads and raceways using recycled and repurposed materials. We’ll have a plethora of toy vehicles for you to use or visit our car creation station to engineer your own. Tinkering With Toys programs are inspired by the Discovery Museum’s new exhibit "Toys:The Inside Story" open January 18 – May 10, 2020.

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Tinkering with Toys: Build-a-Track

January 19, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00 am, repeating until January 20, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Race, vroom, and whiz on toy tracks of your own design! Build and test out roads and raceways using recycled and repurposed materials. We’ll have a plethora of toy vehicles for you to use or visit our car creation station to engineer your own. Tinkering With Toys programs are inspired by the Discovery Museum’s new exhibit "Toys:The Inside Story" open January 18 – May 10, 2020.

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Tinkering with Toys: Build-a-Track

January 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00 am, repeating until January 20, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Race, vroom, and whiz on toy tracks of your own design! Build and test out roads and raceways using recycled and repurposed materials. We’ll have a plethora of toy vehicles for you to use or visit our car creation station to engineer your own. Tinkering With Toys programs are inspired by the Discovery Museum’s new exhibit "Toys:The Inside Story" open January 18 – May 10, 2020.

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Scribble Bots

January 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Come create dynamic drawings using simple DIY robotic contraptions made of spinning and wiggling motors, markers, tape, pipe cleaners and a variety of recycled and repurposed materials. Set your machine in motion and watch it leave a trail of unexpected patterns.

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February 2020

Groundhog Day: Seeing Shadows

February 1, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

We’re celebrating a day early! Whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow tomorrow or not, we will have plenty of shadows to experiment with here at the Museum! Can you make a shadow grow and shrink? Can you make it dance? Can shadows be colorful? What more can you discover about shadows?

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Especially for Me! Free Evening for Families with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or KODA Children

February 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Join us during this special free evening especially for families with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or KODA children. In our ADA-compliant building you can play and explore when the museum is closed to the general public. ASL Interpreters will be available. Dinner, including a gluten-free option, will be provided. Pre-registration required at http://bit.ly/DHHFeb2020 as space is limited. Tonight’s Program: Prepare to be amazed by the funny and clever magic tricks of Steve Weiner, Deaf magician! Steve’s shows are enchanting and…

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Tinkering with Toys: Toy Take Aparts

February 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Are you curious about what’s inside everyday toys? We’ll be taking apart various toys including mechanical toys with moving parts, remote controlled toys, toy vehicles with movable parts, electronic or music toys. Tinkering With Toys programs are inspired by the Discovery Museum’s new exhibit Toys: The Inside Story, open January 18 – May 10, 2020.

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First Friday Nights Free!

February 7, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 5, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Join us with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month! We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard. Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

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Tinkering with Toys: Made to Move

February 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Join us as we explore linkages – the mechanisms inside many toys that produce basic movements. We’ll be using cardboard, brads, and other simple materials to create pieces that can wave, jump, or dance back-and-forth. Tinkering With Toys programs are inspired by the Discovery Museum’s new exhibit Toys: The Inside Story open January 18 – May 10, 2020.

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Everyday Engineering: Pop-up Cards

February 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Join us and make a pop-up card or two! Use some simple paper engineering and your creativity to make one-of-a-kind Valentines to share with family and friends.

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Celebrate National Engineers Week: Engineer a Birdfeeder

February 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until February 16, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Kick-off National Engineers Week and the Great Backyard Bird Count! Design and build your own birdfeeder using simple, recycled and repurposed materials. Hang it in Discovery Woods for the birds, or bring your bird feeder home to feed your feathered friends in your own backyard! National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

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Celebrate National Engineers Week: Engineer a Birdfeeder

February 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until February 16, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Kick-off National Engineers Week and the Great Backyard Bird Count! Design and build your own birdfeeder using simple, recycled and repurposed materials. Hang it in Discovery Woods for the birds, or bring your bird feeder home to feed your feathered friends in your own backyard! National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

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Celebrate National Engineers Week: Float and Fly

February 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until February 18, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Craft some simple contraptions - paper helicopters and hoop gliders - that harness the power of air to float and glide. National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

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Celebrate National Engineers Week: Float and Fly

February 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until February 18, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Craft some simple contraptions - paper helicopters and hoop gliders - that harness the power of air to float and glide. National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

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Celebrate National Engineers Week: Indoor Fort Building

February 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until February 20, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. What can you do with clothespins, sheets, and cardboard boxes? Just about anything! Jump in and help build an ever-changing, room-sized blanket fort. National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

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Celebrate National Engineers Week: Indoor Fort Building

February 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until February 20, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. What can you do with clothespins, sheets, and cardboard boxes? Just about anything! Jump in and help build an ever-changing, room-sized blanket fort. National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

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Celebrate National Engineers Week: Tinfoil Ferries

February 21, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 22, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Investigate floating by building tinfoil boats and loading them with pennies until they sink. How many pennies can your boat hold? National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

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Celebrate National Engineers Week: Tinfoil Ferries

February 22, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 22, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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$15.50

Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Investigate floating by building tinfoil boats and loading them with pennies until they sink. How many pennies can your boat hold? National Engineers Week is sponsored by Raytheon.

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March 2020

First Friday Nights Free!

March 6, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 5, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Join us with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month! We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard. Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

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April 2020

First Friday Nights Free!

April 3, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 5, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Join us with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month! We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard. Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

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May 2020

First Friday Nights Free!

May 1, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 5, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Join us with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month! We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard. Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

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June 2020

First Friday Nights Free!

June 5, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 5, 2020

Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Included with Museum admission

Join us with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month! We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard. Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

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August 2021

Make a Mess: Paint Like Seurat

August 3 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Georges Seurat invented a special style of painting using lots of little dots, called pointillism. Explore some of Seurat’s masterpieces and then try your hand at creating you own work of art inspired by pointillism. The Make a Mess program series introduces STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through sensory-based hands-on experiences, imagination, and fun.

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Eat Like a Bird

August 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Over time, bird beaks have evolved to be a variety of shapes and sizes, in order for different species to gather and eat the food they need to survive. Use a variety of common household tools (tweezers, tongs, clothespins, spoons, etc.) to simulate bird beaks and try “eating” like a bird!

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Celebrate National Book Lovers Day

August 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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National Book Lovers Day is August 9, a day for those who can't live without books and reading. Join us as we create our very own books in preparation of this noteworthy day. What will you write about and illustrate? Why not write a tale about your culture, heritage and traditions then share your special story with your family and friends.

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Backyard and Beyond: Nature Textures

August 6 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Can you duplicate nature’s textures?  You can if you create a frottage!  Explore Discovery Woods as we search for and collect natural items with different textures, then create a frottage (or rubbing) of your found treasure. Inclement weather may result in changes to the program or cancellation.

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Fairyborough

August 10 @ 10:00 am - August 15 @ 3:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Welcome to Fairyborough – the little city with a big future! Design, build, and explore a mysterious forest environment of fairy houses, gnome homes, and sprite skyscrapers, constructed completely out of natural materials and creativity. This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 6 days. This program will happen light rain or shine. Heavy rain or other inclement weather may result in changes to the program or cancellation.

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Mirror, Mirror, What do You See?

August 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Have you ever wondered how you can see yourself in a mirror? Join us as we play with different kinds of reflections and experiment by using mirrors to create symmetry, refract light, and expand your field of vision.

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Celebrate National Aviation Day

August 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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National Aviation Day is a holiday that commemorates the development in aviation and its revolutionary impact on scientific and technological progress. It falls on the birthday of Orville Wright, one of the Wright brothers, who were the first people in the world to successfully build a motor-operated airplane, and the inventors of aircraft controls. We will also learn about several groundbreaking female pilots throughout history including: Sunita Williams, Matice Wright-Springer, Jeannie Leavitt, Jennifer Murray, Anny Divya, and Amelia Earhart. Join us as we twirl, kerplunk,…

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Backyard and Beyond: Sink or Float

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Experiment with all sorts of natural materials, what’s your prediction: will it sink or float?  The results might surprise you! This program will happen light rain or shine. Heavy rain or other inclement weather may result in changes to the program, or cancellation.

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Everyday Engineering: Balls and Ramps

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Design, build and test out some simple tracks and mini-rollercoasters. Make straightaways, loop-da-loops and hills out of tubing and cardboard to send marbles and golf balls on a thrilling ride.

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Tinkering With Toys: Toy Take Aparts Jr.

August 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Are you curious about what’s inside everyday toys? We’ll be taking apart various toys including mechanical toys with moving parts, remote controlled toys, toy vehicles with movable parts, electronic or music toys.

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Dress Your Stuffed Pet

August 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Treat your favorite stuffed animal to a new outfit! Will it be an astronaut suit? A superhero costume? A party dress? Bring a stuffed animal from home to the Museum today. You can use your imagination and a variety of creative materials to design and construct a special costume for your furry friend.

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Backyard and Beyond: Working in the Garden

August 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Learn what plants need to grow and help us take care of the Discovery Woods Garden. We will water our plants, check for weeds, and see if any plants are ready to be picked. Be on the lookout for insects that help our plants to grow! Heavy rain or other inclement weather may result in changes to this program, or cancellation.

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Tinker Tuesday: Kites

August 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Create and experiment using the various materials provided to design your very own kite, add tails, then test out your creation. Will your kite soar to great heights? The Tinker Tuesday program series nurtures creativity, problem-solving, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts through experimentation, design, and invention.

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