Summer Happenings at the Boston Children’s Museum

Recently, we gave you the lowdown on Spring happenings at the Boston Children’s Museum. However, the fun doesn’t stop when spring comes to an end: The Boston Children’s Museum also has a full line-up of summer programming to entertain and educate kids and their families through the summer months. When the days are too hot for outside activity, or you’re looking for some mind-stimulating fun for your little ones on school vacation, Boston Children’s Museum discount tickets will do the trick.

Check out what’s happening at one of the most acclaimed Boston attractions this summer:

Upcoming Exhibits

Sneaker Museum Presents: Art for Your Feet

May 3, 2014 – June 22, 2014
The Museum’s permanent collection of rare Air Jordan Kicks is the inspiration for this unique Gallery exhibit. While examining the heritage of sneaker culture through an up-close look at this collection, kids will re-imagine how they view both sneakers and art. Some calendar events will coincide with this exhibit, offering new and interesting ways to interact with the collection.

Extraordinary Playscapes

June 28, 2014 – September 21, 2014
Kids in countries around the globe love playgrounds. Extraordinary Playscapes will showcase the design of innovative playgrounds around the world, from contemporary architecture in Madrid to natural playgrounds in California. Design Museum Boston is creating the exhibit, while Paige Johnson, editor of the blog, will curate the program.

Select Special Events in June

Live Musical Performance: Boston Cello Quartet Concert

Sunday, June 1
Four cellists of the Boston Symphony Orchestra came together to form the Boston Cello Quartet, in 2010. Meet them at Boston Children’s Museum and experience the sonorous sounds of the cello as you learn more about this orchestra instrument.

Workshop for Older Kids: Make your own…HAND-SANITIZER!

Sunday, June 15 | 10:30am, 11:45am, 2:15pm and 3:30pm
The older kids become scientists for a few hours in this hands-on workshop in which each child will make his or her own hand sanitizer! Kids will also design their own label and logo before taking their hand-sanitizer home for clean hands for days to come.

Live Performance: The Friends of Broadway

Sunday, June 22 | 1:30pm and 2:15pm
This all-girl musical revue travels all over the country singing and dancing to music from Broadway, movies, pop songs, oldies, holiday favorites, and much more! There is something for everyone in this high energy, non-stop fun show that the whole family can enjoy.

BCM Art StudioJune in the Art Studio: A-Z Inspired Art

This month the Museum’s art project, A-Z Inspiration, is brought to you in collaboration with the Arthur exhibit. Children will play an alphabet art-making game using Arthur and Friends as inspiration.

June in the Japanese House: てるてる坊主 Make a teru-teru-bozu

June and July are the rainy season, tsuyu, in Japan. Children make teru teru bozu, fine weather dolls, and hang them in their houses or on the outside of windows as good luck charms. Teru means “to shine
” and Bozu is the word used to describe a little boy. It is believed that these little smooth-headed dolls will bring out the sun. When tsuyu is over, summer begins. Although continuous rain can be very uncomfortable, tsuyu is very important for growing rice.

On-going Programs

Art Studio

The Art Studio is a dynamic, hands-on activity space designed to encourage children to explore ideas, artists and art from around the world. At several distinct stations, children and families can invent and make art together. Projects in the Art Studio change throughout the year.

Creature Feature

Every Thursday at 11:00am in Investigate
Second and fourth Tuesday in PlaySpace at 11:00am
First Wednesday in Countdown to Kindergarten at 12:00pm
Third Wednesday in the Art Studio at 12:30pm
Meet one of the Museum’s resident animals up close!

Dress to Express

Every Monday | 10:30am – 12:00pm
Express yourself. Put on a costume, mix and match, and strut down the runway. Dance to the music. Use your imagination and pretend.


Monday, Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday | 11:30am, 12:30pm
Friday | 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday | 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

This kid-sized performance space introduces children to the wondrous world of performing arts. Professional actors perform short plays and invite visitors to join in. The repertoire of shows features music, dance, and comedy.

Messy Monday

Second and Fourth Monday of the Month
Fun mess for all ages! On Messy Monday, Art Studio and PlaySpace Messy Sensory Area feature hands-on activities on the same theme. Meet staff for personalized set-up tips and activity ideas for hands-on fun! Coming up this summer, we have:
May 26: Junk Drawer Collages
June 9: Glue and Sand Drawings
June 23: Dot to Dot

Music & Movement

Wednesdays | 11:00-11:45am
Sundays June 1 & 22 | 10:30 – 11:10am, and 11:20 – 12:00pm

Sing along to music that gets all ages moving! Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers interact through sound, sight and touch in a live music setting. Grownups and children get hands-on with real drums, tambourines, and other noise-makers. Classes are led by trained music educators from Little Groove.

Musical Moments

Several Times a Week. Check the “Today” Sign for Details
Musical moments are short, fun, musical experiences for Museum visitors in the exhibit hall. Join in a bucket drum jam, a sing-along of favorite classics in PlaySpace, or have a chance to “meet” an instrument like a violin or clarinet.

Musical Circle Time in Countdown to Kindergarten

Tuesdays | 11:00am
Preschoolers practice a real circle time with stories, puppets, and songs.

Pint Sized Science Explorations for Preschoolers

Monday – Friday. Check the “Today” Sign for Details.
Have you graduated from PlaySpace and are you ready to take on the rest of the museum? Explore science in Investigate–because who says science is just for big kids!

BCM Kid PoweredPlaySpace Messy Sensory Activities

Daily | 10am – 4:30pm, Fridays 10am – 8:30pm
Messy sensory activities include finger painting, play dough, and water play.

Science Explorations: Predict, Observe and Experiment!

Friday night, Saturday & Sunday. Check “Today” Sign for Hours
How many drops of water can fit on a penny? What can you build using straws and paper clips? Can you solve the tangram puzzle? Try these experiments and more, all using simple materials that you probably have at home.

Science Saturdays

Every Saturday
Join the Boston Children’s Museum for kitchen science experiments, engineering workshops for older kids, live animal programs and healthy kids activities.

Tasty Tuesday

First and Third Tuesday, 10:30 – 11:00am
Tasty Tuesday is more than just having a yummy snack. Families learn about health and nutrition for little babies and toddlers! Grown-ups can share ideas about their children’s healthy eating and tips for feeding.

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