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April 2, 2020

ACTON, MA—Discovery Museum announced today the launch of Discovery at Home, an online resource guide of staff-created hands-on learning activities and curated resources from other museums and content creators worldwide, to support families during the pandemic.

“Families are spending a lot of time at home together as our community works to slow the spread of COVID-19. Adults are understandably concerned about missed learning time for their children while schools are closed,” said Brindha Muniappan, Senior Director of the Museum Experience. “But learning also happens through play, and this can happen at home. Our staff has pulled together some of our favorite hands-on learning experiences that need only a few simple materials. We hope Discovery at Home will inspire fun and interactive ways for families to play, learn, and explore together during this challenging time.”

The Museum’s staff-developed content includes science-based activities focused on the outdoors and nature, simple engineering challenges, “kitchen chemistry” and messy-sensory activities, and ideas specifically for young children. Content will continue to be added to the site.

Discovery at Home can be found at https://www.discoveryacton.org/education/discovery-home or https://bit.ly/3bq2JMj.

Discovery Museum is currently closed through May 4, due to COVID-19 business restrictions.

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About Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum that blends science, nature, and play, inspiring families to explore and learn together. The museum and its Discovery Woods accessible outdoor nature playscape and 550sf treehouse blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning on a beautiful 4.5-acre campus abutting 180 acres of conservation land in Acton, MA, about 20 miles west of Boston. Originally founded in 1982 and expanded to two museums in 1987, the museum reopened in a single, 16,000sf accessible building after a complete renovation and expansion in early 2018. Hands-on, open-ended exhibits developed by professional educators inspire curiosity and exploration, providing a fun and engaging experience for children and adults to discover their world together. Serving families and schools from towns throughout the region, the museum is devoted to informal education that enhances classroom learning. Discovery Museum is committed to accessibility, and is a proud recipient of the 2017 Massachusetts Commonwealth Award, the only winner in the Access category, and a 2018 LEAD® Community Asset Award from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information please visit www.discoveryacton.org. Discovery Museum is a community-supported non-profit organization.

Discovery Museum programming is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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