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April "Staycation" Fun and Learning

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

If  you are staying in the area over April Break and looking for some fun outings for your family, do consider these options.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Grand Opening at the Acton Discovery Museum.  It is amazing.  If you haven’t visited in a while you have a grand surprise in store.  The new building is gorgeous, spacious and filled with many new exhibits as well as expanded ones your children may know and love.  

If you have a toddler, be sure to go and check out the new area designed just for them!  There are a myriad of activities for them to explore, wonderful books and cozy places to snuggle.

I especially enjoyed the new  Da Vinci workshop where I saw people creating art, models, exploring, designing, building and learning more about this amazing artist, inventor and  scientist. It is truly a place to get inspired.

Outdoor play and connecting with nature  is a big component of the mission of the museum and thus they added Discovery Woods. Be sure to visit this area when you go.  The Treehouse Guys designed the 550 square foot treehouse that children of all ages will enjoy. The entire area is open year round and offers a variety of activities and areas to visit including a rain garden, a beaver lodge, woodland nook, a wiggly bridge, a nest swing and more.

The Museum is free to all on the first Friday night of each month. They are also hosting 24 “Especially For Me” free events in 2018.  These include sensory friendly afternoons, evenings for the visually impaired, mornings for deaf, hard of hearing and KODA children, and Autism friendly evenings.

Be sure to visit their website to get information on hours and see beautiful photographs of children learning and playing in the galleries.

Another great option is The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History is located on the Regis College campus.  It is a wonderful place to visit.  Ask any member of Summit’s Stamp Club, and you will receive an enthusiastic recommendation.  Over the April break they will be holding a special family day.  It is their Earth Day Celebration scheduled for Friday, April 20th from 11-3pm. Families will be able to decorate an item with stamps, make envelopes and send Earth Day greetings to friends.  There will also be stamp games, puzzles with stamp prizes awarded and craft projects. A special exhibit featuring US and worldwide stamps depicting many environmental topics will be on exhibit. All children will receive a free packet of stamps, have their photo made into a “stamp” and get tips on starting a stamp collection. Refreshments will be served.

Finally do check out Summit’s April Vacation Camp, open April 17 – 20.  Miss Antoinette has cooked up some fascinating science projects for April Vacation Camp. Join her and Miss Helen in their mad scientist laboratory to cook up colorful creations (some will even be edible!). Please click here to register.

  • Experiment with electricity: explore the difference between insulators and conductors. Turn your body into a perfectly safe conductor of electricity.
  • Learn secrets of bubbles – touch and bounce WITHOUT popping. Make a sugar bubble.
  • Think you know about water? Check out a jar of gravity defying water and a leak proof bag of water!
  • Experiment with gravity, friction and centrifugal force and learn how they impact tornado tubes, rocket balloons and wind bag wonders.
  • There will also be plenty of time for movement, free play, and outdoor fun each day!