Monday, August 22, 2011

Discovery Museums

If you live in Massachusetts or will be visiting the area with children and have not discovered the Discovery Museums in Acton, you should add them to your list of places to visit.

The museums are focused on child-centered hands on learning. The picture above is of the Children's Discovery Museum. When you arrive, you will see this building first. The museum is an old Victorian building that focuses on younger children providing age appropriate activities. One ticket price provides admission to both museums so there is no need to decide which museum is better suited to your child. You can explore both and decide where to focus your time.

Library passes are available at many Massachusetts libraries. The Discovery Museum website even provides a list of the participating libraries for visitors to check when planning your visit. AAA members can also receive a $1.00 discount off admission for the member and up to three guests. While I usually do not usually promote membership, if you live in the area, the extra hours for members can make considering museum membership a possibility. If you visit frequently and your children enjoy a place to play during the cold winter months, the memberships can pay off. I would suggest taking your children a few times to see if you would visit often enough to make membership worth the cost.

The Chain Reaction Room was an early favorite at the Museum and it has returned to the delight of many of the guests.

This is the Science Discovery Museum. It was built after the Children's Museum opened and is focused on hands on science discovery for children. The rooms are larger and a bit more accessible than those found in the old Victorian house. The additional space allows the Museum to provide special programs and activities that the Children's Museum does not have the space to offer.

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  1. We have some science discovery type museums around here. lil m has a lot of fun at them and we save money by using our AAA discount.

  2. I love children's science museums. I got a really good deal for the ones down here: I bought a family membership to a local aquarium using a Groupon discount. That aquarium has reciprocal arrangements with many other area museums, including two children's science museums. For the cost of our family membership, we can get into many other museums, as well.

  3. Thank you for your post, we are glad that your family has enjoyed our museums. There are many available discounts listed on our website, and teachers (including homeschool teachers) are always free! Also we offered free admission every Friday night this summer, from 4:30 - 8:30pm. This Friday 8/26 is the last one, but we've had such an overwhelming response that we are planning to offer one free Friday night per month, starting in October. Not sure yet which Friday night it will be--watch our Facebook page for the announcement next month www/