Now in its 101st year of inspiring discovery and wonder in Bostonians and visiting families, the Boston Children’s Museum welcomes spring with great enthusiasm. Starting in April, the Museum kicks off a whole calendar full of spring programming, including ongoing deals and one-time special events. The Children’s Museum is not only one of the most highly acclaimed Boston attractions—It was also the 2013 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Science. While the programming is always kid-centric, adults and families will also have a fun time learning and exploring with their kids in these comprehensive, hands-on exhibitions
While Boston Children’s Museum tickets are available with many other Boston attractions at discounted rates with a Boston attractions pass, you can also take advantage of Target $1 admission every Friday night from 5 PM – 9PM.
Two cool new temporary exhibits usher in the spring this year, and one of them is already underway! Making America’s Music, which runs now through October 2014, celebrates the joy and diversity of American music while emphasizing the rhythmic roots of genres spanning the musical gamut from jazz to modern rap. This cool, interactive exhibit was built in partnership with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the authority on quality musical endeavors in Boston.
Then, from April 1 through April 27th, Animal Motion Park invites families to explore movement in the world around us in an exhibit that features kinetic animal sculptures in a re-created natural environment. Whether you’re listening to a snake slither through the grass or watching a bird flutter overhead, Animal Motion Park will shed light on the many movements happening all the time.
A plethora of special events also cover the spring calendar, from live musical performances and pajama parties for toddlers to hands-on workshops for older kids. There’s something going on almost every day throughout April and May; check out the highlights!
School Readiness Friday Night – Celebrate Earth Day!
Friday, April 4 | 6:00-8:30 PM
School Readiness Friday Night happens once a month, but April’s edition is extra special because it also celebrates Earth Day. In addition to a screening of D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten, kids will enjoy using their imaginations while learning new ways to recycle old things.
Workshop for Older Kids—Skee Ball Engineering
Saturday, April 5 | 11:00am & 12:00pm
What’s more cool than spending your Saturday at an arcade? Designing your own arcade game! Kids will do just that in this cool workshop that introduces older kids to engineering.
A Paper Orchestra Concert with Conservatory Lab Charter School Kindergartners
Wednesday, April 16 | 10:00 AM
This concert is one like you’ve never seen before—all instruments are made out of cardboard, glue, and papier-maché, constructed by the students of the Conservatory Lab Charter School. What makes this concert extra special is that afterwards, all students will graduate to real instruments. Perhaps your kids will follow suit!
Pajama Party in PlaySpace
Friday April 18 | 7:30pm
Calling all toddlers! The littlest explorers are invited to wear their pajamas to the museum on Friday night for an evening of games, songs, and picture-stories.
April Vacation week – Growing Our Community
April 21 – 25 | 10am – 4pm
Looking for something fun to do with your kids over April vacation? The Children’s Museum has you covered with fun programming designed to celebrate and cultivate diversity and community.
April in the Japanese House.
桜 Make a paper sakura cherry blossom screen
Each month, the Boston Children’s Museum presents a special daily feature in conjunction with a larger exhibit. April in the Japanese house fittingly celebrates cherry blossoms, which are the flower of the season. Through the exhibit, families will learn about the Japanese tradition of Hanami (flower viewing), which involves having picnics, singing songs, sharing poetry, and playing games under the cherry blossoms. Kids will have the chance to create their own Byobu paper screen.
Workshop for Older Kids—Make your own…LIPBALM!
Sunday, May 4 and Sunday, May 25 | 10:30am, 11:45am, 2:15pm and 3:30pm
Learn the basics behind lip balm making and leave with your own signature lip balm. Design your own logo and label for your creation!
Meet Play Learn: Dress Up
Thursday, May 8 | 10:30 – 11:30am
Meet – Play – Learn was created as an opportunity for parents, caregivers, and young children to get together with old friends while meeting new ones! This month, kids will explore KidStage while dancing to music dressed in costumes of their choosing.
Lemonade Day Entrepreneurial Fair
Friday, May 9 | 6:30 – 8:00pm
Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business. Boston Children’s Museum and Babson College present a Lemonade Day Student Entrepreneur Fair.
Saturday, May 17
Critter Day, another once-a-month program, is the perfect event for animal-lovers. Live animal presentations delight kids and adults alike.
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Saturday, May 24 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Learn how Tucker the Turtle helps children understand emotions and builds positive coping skills. Make a turtle craft with professionals from the Boston Public Health Commission.
May in the Art Studio. Sneaker Design inspired by the Sneaker Museum Exhibit
This month is inspired by the Museum’s gallery exhibit: Art for Your Feet. Kids will have the chance to make shoes out of rubber, leather, and shoe laces.