Play matters blog

three children are in the woods holding sticks and grasses
Rachel Danford
November 16, 2016

One of the main goals we had for Discovery Woods and our accessible Treehouse was to tempt families to get outside, and then encourage them to also explore the 183 acres of the Great Hill...

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Neil Gordon
September 25, 2016

The Discovery Museums are a rich, joyful, and developmentally supportive experience for the kids who visit. But what about the kids who don’t visit?

We know that every kid can benefit from...

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side view of treehouse under construction
Neil Gordon
June 14, 2016

Despite having big windows in my office, from my vantage point I am unable to see all the work happening in our soon-to-open nature playscape and treehouse, Discovery Woods. So, a couple times of...

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a woman and child sit reading a book together in a corner near a low bookshelf
Alli Leake
May 4, 2016

Hello! I’m new here, so I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Alli, the new Director of Early Childhood Education here at The Discovery Museums. This past Fall the Museums were very sad to say goodbye...

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a little girl holds her chin in her hand and looks upward, in a wondering way
Larisa Heiphetz
January 18, 2016

A team from the Boston College Morality Lab began collecting data at The Discovery Museums in June 2015. Larisa Heiphetz and her research team have been set up on the second floor of the...

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five 5th graders gather around a table, while one pulls the string attached to a toy with wheels
Jill Foster
November 4, 2015

Empty oatmeal boxes, paper cups, string, wire hangers.  Berry baskets, spatulas, and funnels. Bananas, rubber bands, flowers. Toys. Hidden within each of these common objects is a world of science...

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