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Recurring Events & Weeklong Programs


Recurring Programs & Events:

Walk Through Geologic Time

April 14 – 23, Self-guided tour

MIT, Intersection of Mass. Ave. and Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Earth’s history stretches back over 4.567 billion years. How are we supposed to grasp such a vast number? We’ve shrunken it down to a third of a mile along the Charles River, and invite you to join us on a walk through time to tour the many incredible events during Earth’s long and storied history: the formation of the oceans, the origin of life, the first animals, the rise and fall of dinosaurs and the appearance and evolution of our own species (to name just a few). With each inch representing a staggering 240,000 years, you’ll cover millions of years with every stride and feel the rush of deep time travel as you stroll through the eons to gain a new perspective on the immensity of geologic time. More info at: complex-life.org

Cost: Free

Toysinbox Vacation Week: 3D Printing Show, 3D Modeling & 3D Printing Workshops

April 16-20, 22-23

Toysinbox 3D Printing

1 Cameron Street, Wellesley

Come and enjoy the 3D printing fun! Enjoy a daily 3D printing show designed to educate and inspire K-12 students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, geared towards hands-on-activities and demonstrations. We have four showrooms and have included more than 20 hands-on interactive exhibits. Join a workshop to learn to 3D model a Creeper or Enderman Head keychain cube and have it 3D printed. More information, details and registration at toysinbox3dprinting.com

Cost: Free

Mini Maker Week at the Children’s Museum in Easton

April 17-21, 10am – 4pm

The Children’s Museum in Easton

9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton

Join us for a family-friendly week long celebration of invention, creativity and resourcefulness at the Children’s Museum in Easton. We will meet different Makers each day and explore a variety of projects featuring science, technology and art. It will be a week of sharing ideas, learning new skills and, of course, hands-on fun. For a full schedule of events, see childrensmuseumineaston.org.

Cost: Free

Curiosity Challenge Exhibition

April 14 -23, Mon-Thu 12-9, Fri 12-6, Sun 4-9

Cambridge Community TV

438 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Each year the Cambridge Science Festival invites students to express their curiosity in a poem, drawing, essay or photograph and enter the Curiosity Challenge. Over the past several years 3500+ students have participated from Massachusetts and New England. Please visit CCTV to view a sample of the 2017 Curiosity Challenge entries and honorable mention student winners. Help us celebrate the inquisitiveness and imagination of our students. We will update extended hour information during the festival in April.

Cost: Free

Museum of Science Activities and Exhibits

Solar Lunch

April 14 – April 23: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

MOS Front Plaza

Weather permitting: Observe the sun and possibly sunspots and solar flares through the Museum’s safe solar telescope.

Cost: Free

Lightning!

April 14 – April 23: 12:00 pm – 12:20 pm and 2:00 – 2:20 pm

MOS Theater of Electricity

Indoor bolts spark explorations into lightning, electric charge, and storm safety using the Museum’s giant Van de Graaff Generator, invented in Cambridge!

Cost: Free

Astronomy After Hours

Fridays, April 14 & 21: 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Gilliland Observatory, MOS Parking Garage Roof

Weather permitting: On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon and other astronomical phenomena. Also, check out the inside of our Observatory and participate in astronomy-related activities run by our knowledgeable staff. For more details and weather updates, call the hotline, 617-589-0267.

Cost: Free

The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show

April 22: 1:00 pm – 1:40 pm and 3:00 – 3:40 pm

MOS Cahners Theater

Fun for the whole family, this comedy show is all about the mysteries of matter – including atoms, molecules, and nanotechnology. Join brothers Dan and Joel as they juggle everything from potted plants to tennis rackets, sometimes from atop seven-foot unicycles.

Cost: Included with Museum Admission

Live Animal Story Time for Preschoolers

April 14 – April 23: 10:30 am – 10:50 am

MOS Science Live! Stage

Hear a story and meet its animal star in a presentation made especially for our younger visitors.

Cost: Included with Museum Admission

Boston Marathon ® Activities

April 15 & 16: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Throughout MOS Exhibit Halls

Do you like to run? Know someone who likes to run? Or do you just like to learn about the science behind endurance running and training? Come visit us and learn more about what it takes to train for a long-distance race like the Boston Marathon®. Enjoy interpretations with museum staff and volunteers, guest speakers, and of course all the human biology related exhibits in our permanent exhibit “Hall of Human Life.”

Cost: Included with Museum Admission

Meet a WCVB Meteorologist

April 18, 19, 20: 12:30 pm

MOS Current Science & Technology Stage

Each day meet a different WCVB Storm Team 5 meteorologist and learn how they forecast our weather.

Cost: Included with Museum Admission

Shake Things Up

April 19, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

MOS Blue Wing Well

Use your creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills to engineer a model building that can withstand an earthquake!

Cost: Included with Museum Admission

Weeklong Youth Workshops

Build Your Own Skateboard with CBB!

4 Days: April 18-21 from 9am – 4pm

Community Boat Building

21 Liberty Drive, Boston

Join Community Boatbuilding instructor Margery Bradshaw to design and build your own skateboard start to finish! Learn to use drills, saws, and vacuum pumps. Email for more information. Limited to 30 students.

Cost: $400. Ages 6+. Pre-registration required, email Margery@communityboatbuilding.org

Under the Sea Mosaic Build

4 Days: April 18-21 from 8:30am – 3:30pm

Northeastern Marine Science Center

430 Nahant Road, Nahant

Explore the exciting fusion of science and art – join us for a 4-day under-the-sea mosaic project! Learn mosaic-building techniques from a professional mosaic artist and participate in crafting an under-the-sea mosaic, while also learning about the local and far-away marine habitats represented, all while enjoying the pristine location of Northeastern’s Nahant marine science campus.

Cost: TBD, see website. Grades 7-12. Registration required at tinyurl.com/mscmosaic

Artful Architecture: Design | Fabricate

4 Days: April 18-21 from 1pm – 5:30pm

Maud Morgan Art Center

20A Sacramento Street, Cambridge

Explore how architects, designers, and artists approach their creative process. Experiment with various raw materials: wood, plaster, clay, metal and paper to develop functional and sculptural forms. In this week-long workshop, students will delve into two parallel subjects, architectural fabrication techniques and processes in ceramics, both on and off the wheel.

Cost: $280. Grades 5-8. Registration opens soon and is required at www.MaudMorganArts.org