Discovery museum

The Discovery Museum announces its programs


The Discovery Museum is located at 177 Main Street in Acton. All programs are free with entry, unless otherwise specified. Advance reservations are required to visit the museum due to COVID security protocols. Visit for hours, COVID security protocols and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may depend on the weather.

Tuesday August 3

MAKE A MESS: Paint Like Seurat: 9:30 am-11am, outdoors. Georges Seurat invented a particular style of painting using a lot of small dots, called pointillism. Explore some of Seurat’s masterpieces, then have a go at creating your own pointillism-inspired work of art.

The Make a Mess program series introduces STEAM concepts through hands-on sensory, imagination and fun experiences.

Wednesday August 4

EAT LIKE A BIRD: Meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Over time, bird beaks have evolved into different shapes and sizes, so different species come together and eat the food they need to survive. Use a variety of common household tools (tongs, tongs, clothespins, spoons, etc.) to simulate bird beaks and try to “eat” like a bird!

Thursday August 5

CELEBRATE NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY: meet from 9:30 am to 11 am National Book Lovers Day is August 9, a day for those who cannot live without books and without reading. Join us as we create our own books in preparation for this remarkable day. What are you going to write and illustrate about? Why not write a tale about your culture, heritage and traditions, then share your special story with your family and friends.

Friday August 6

BACKYARD AND BEYOND: Natural textures: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., outdoors. Can you duplicate the textures of nature? You can if you create a rub. Explore Discovery Woods as we search and collect natural objects with different textures, then create a rubbing (or rubbing) of your found treasure. Adverse weather conditions may result in program changes or cancellation.

With Fairyborough at the Discovery Museum, kids can design, build and explore a mysterious forest environment of fairy houses, gnome houses and sprite skyscrapers, constructed entirely from natural materials and creativity.

From Tuesday August 10 to Sunday August 15

FAIRYBOROUGH: Meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., outside. Welcome to Fairyborough, the small town with a big future. Design, build and explore a mysterious forest environment of fairy houses, gnome houses and sprite skyscrapers, all constructed from natural materials and creativity. This changing and evolving ephemeral space will be built by staff and visitors over six days. This program will take place in the rain or the sun. Heavy rains or other inclement weather may result in program changes or cancellation.

Tuesday August 17th

MIRROR, MIRROR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? : Meeting from 9:30 to 11:00 Have you ever wondered how you can see yourself in a mirror? Join us as we play with different types of reflections and experiment using mirrors to create symmetry, refract light, and expand your field of vision.

Thursday August 19

CELEBRATE NATIONAL AVIATION DAY: meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. National Aviation Day is a public holiday that commemorates the development of aviation and its revolutionary impact on scientific and technological progress. It falls on the birthday of Orville Wright, one of the Wright brothers, who were the first in the world to successfully build a powered airplane and the inventors of airplane controls. We’ll also learn about several groundbreaking female pilots throughout history, including Sunita Williams, Matice Wright-Springer, Jeannie Leavitt, Jennifer Murray, Anny Divya, and Amelia Earhart. Join us as we spin, kerplunk, flutter, bounce in the many ways we can knock a piece of paper down to the ground. Explore and create a variety of differently shaped pieces of paper and watch how each item moves as it falls.

Friday August 20

BACKYARD AND BEYOND: Sink or float: Put it down at 10 a.m. to noon, outdoors. Experiment with all kinds of natural materials, what’s your prediction: will it sink or float? The results might surprise you. This program will take place in the rain or the sun. Heavy rain or other inclement weather may cause program changes or cancellation.

Saturday August 21

DAILY ENGINEERING: Boules and ramps: Meet from 10 a.m. to noon. Engage in daily engineering as you build and create with reused and recycled materials. Design, build and test simple tracks and mini roller coasters. Create straight lines, loops and hills with tubes and cardboard to send marbles and golf balls on a thrilling race.

Tuesday August 24

DIY WITH TOYS: Toy Take Aparts Jr .: Meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Are you curious about what’s inside everyday toys? We will disassemble various toys, including mechanical toys with moving parts, remote control toys, toy vehicles with moving parts, electronic or musical toys.

Wednesday 25 August

DISASSEMBLY: meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Are you curious about what’s inside phones, computers, radios, and more? Grab a screwdriver and learn about resistors, capacitors, and circuit boards as you learn about the inner workings of everyday electronics.

Thursday August 26

DRESS UP YOUR PET: Meet from 9:30 am to 11:00 am Treat your favorite stuffed animal to a new outfit. Will it be an astronaut suit? A superhero costume? An evening dress ? Bring a stuffed animal from the house to the museum today. You can use your imagination and a variety of creative materials to design and build a special costume for your furry friend.

Friday August 27

BACKYARD AND BEYOND: Work in the garden: Visit from noon to 2 p.m., outdoors. Learn what plants need to grow and help us take care of Discovery Woods Garden. We’re going to water our plants, check for weeds, and see if any plants are ready to be picked. Be on the lookout for insects that help our plants grow. Heavy rain or other inclement weather may cause this program to be changed or canceled.

Tuesday August 31

TINKER TUESDAYS: Kites: Arrival 9:30 am to 11:00 am Create and experiment using the various materials provided to design your own kite, add tails, then test drive your creation. Will your kite fly to great heights?

The Tinker Tuesday series of programs nurture creativity, problem-solving, and STEAM concepts through experimentation, design, and invention.