Play matters blog

young girls play with magna tiles on a light table
Denise LeBlanc
July 5, 2018

Last year I spent a lot of time tricking people: fooling librarians, teachers, visitors, and even my coworkers and family. I made them do math…willingly yet unknowingly! During workshops, meetings...

a father plays with his young child
Alli Leake
April 18, 2018

More brain development happens before a child’s third birthday than at any other time in life. Between birth and age three, the brain grows from 25% to 80% of its adult size and forms one million...

exterior view of the museum building
Neil Gordon
March 1, 2018

Your new museum is ready!

It’s time to celebrate, to take pride in what we’ve accomplished, and to express tremendous gratitude to everyone who helped us get here. For so long, this day...

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...

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...

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...