Play matters blog

a girl in a red coat and red hat plays with a giant radar magnet
Neil Gordon
January 25, 2018

The new Discovery Museum will soon be open and ready to welcome our curious, capable, imaginative young visitors. This has been our goal for many years and the focus of innumerable hours of...

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two young children "skate" on a smooth white surface in their socks
Liz Leahey
December 19, 2017

Set a kid wearing socks on a slippery floor and inevitably, sock skating will follow. This is proving true at the Discovery Museum, where our outdoor sock-skating rink is encouraging children—and...

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child climbing tree
Rachel Danford
October 24, 2017

I am trying to look calm and cool on the outside but inside, my heart is pounding. “Watch this, momma!” my 4-year-old daughter squeals as she swings from a branch and just barely catches...

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a boy bends down to look in a mirror while upside down
Denise LeBlanc
September 7, 2017

Are you a scientist? Most people would be quick to answer “no” about themselves. But in reality, we are all natural scientists and practice science in our everyday lives. We are born experimenters...

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a girl holds up her two hands that are completely coated with mud
Liz Leahey
August 28, 2017

This post originally appeared in June, 2017.

When we design programs at The Discovery Museums, we are always looking for ways to encourage people to step outside their comfort...

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two college students in Boston College tshirts sit at a table in front of various toys and game pieces
August 2, 2017

Over the past year, the ABCD (All Boston College Development) psychology labs have been visiting The Discovery Museums in Acton, MA to conduct studies with the museum visitors and spread the...

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