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Venue:Discovery Museum
Dates:Saturday, April 13, 2024 - Sunday, April 21, 2024
Hours:Museums are open daily, with extended hours of 9am-4:30pm
Ages:Toddlers, Kids
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:$$ see below
Category:School Vacation

Family fun abounds this April Vacation Week at The Discovery Museums. Come celebrate Earth Day with a series of nature inspired programs for children. ALL programs are free with admission to The Discovery Museums.

Renewable Energies: Exploring a Sustainable City
Saturday, April 13, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the endless possibilities of renewable energy! Explore a variety of energy sources in our model city and consider how energy moves through our communities. We’ll try out some simple experiments to see the wind’s energy in action, hydrogen as a source of energy for cars, and how solar panels help us turn the sun’s energy into electricity.

Meet local energy experts Umair Zia, Director of Distribution Engineering at Eversource Energy and Discovery Museum Board Member, and Xinfang Jin, Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell-who helped create this program.

Nature Playgroup
Sunday, April 14, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Come and play in Discovery Woods! Explore natural objects like sticks, rocks, cones and seeds as well as some simple process art materials. This program may involve digging, water play and/or messy outdoor art projects.

Inclement weather may result in changes to the program or cancellation.

Creating Communal Gifts with Chanel Thervil - a community art project
Monday, April 15 - Friday, April 19
10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Whether it be a school, library, place of worship, or even a museum, spaces where communities gather make life more vibrant. Join us for a special program series with inaugural Artist-in-Residence Chanel Thervil as she invites you to create a gift for a community space you cherish. Chanel will bring these individual creations together in a one-of-a-kind art installation titled Communal Gifts that will remain on display in the museum.

Chanel will also join us online Thursday, April 25 as part of our Discovery Museum Speaker Series. See below for more information and to register.

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week: Batteries!
Sunday, April 21, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Discover the science behind “Get a charge out of chemistry - Batteries” as we celebrate Chemists Celebrate Earth Week. Join us and our guest educators from the North Eastern Section of American Chemical Society and have fun exploring chemistry through hands-on activities related to this year’s theme, Batteries!

Helpful Information for Visiting:

Advance reservations are required for admission, including members. We cannot guarantee walk-ins will be admitted. Tickets may be reserved through our website up to 14 days in advance for members and up to 10 days in advance for all others. Select your arrival hour and stay as long as you like. The admission fee, minus any discounts, will be charged when you arrive.

On Monday, April 15 only, a free shuttle service will be available from the Congregation Beth Elohim parking lot at 133 Prospect Street in Acton. The shuttle will make the short (less than 1 mile) trip continuously throughout the day from 10:15am to 4:30pm. We recommend allowing extra time prior to your reserved check-in time for parking.

No food or drink (other than water or baby bottles) is allowed in the Museum galleries. Please use the tables outside for snacking.

About The Discovery Museums:
The Discovery Museums are the children’s and science museums of Metrowest Boston, paired on a single campus in Acton, MA. The Museums 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. More information:

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Adult: $17.00 Senior (60+): $16.00 Child: $17.00 Under 1 year old: Free Teachers & Members are always free!



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Phone: 978-264-4200


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