Name: The Discovery Museums
Location: Acton, Massachusetts
Length of stay: 2 hours
The Discovery Museums has two parts: The Science Discovery Museum and the Children’s Discovery Museum. Each is geared towards different ages. The Science Discovery is more science math and learning. The Children’s Discovery Museum is about exploring and playing with the environment.
Science Discovery Museum
They made some crafts with the random and odd things provided in the inventor’s workshop. The girls liked that there were different things to use than we normally have at home.
On the main floor they played with sand art, made a water tornado, watched rising mist, read dinosaur information and more. Every section has books relevant to the exhibits.
The Harmonograph drawings are fun to make. You wait in line and then everyone gets a turn to make a unique harmonograph. You move the table in any direction you want while keeping the marker shadow on the paper. They drop the marker down when you say to and life it when you want it to stop. This time we made a harmonograph drawing with four colors. All four of us got to move the table on one sheet of paper. We also saw a two color demonstration.
The next floor up has the light room full of mirrors and color lenses. In the shadow room everyone got to line up on the wall and make shadows or draw with lights.
The music and sound lab was fun to play in. They got to see mixing equipment and make recordings. They played with various instruments around the room. In one spot they could make music by just waving their hands around in the air.
The girls learned about water pressure. They created different pathways for water to flow and watched bubbles rise in a big tube.
The girls created lots of different patterns on the board here. The bicycle wheels have magnets to power some lights.
We did not see or do everything this trip.
Children’s Discovery Museum
The train room has train tracks you can put together, a place to sell tickets, dress up clothes and a train you can get it and pretend to drive.
The ball room has two big tracks and many smaller ball tracks that you can try. Climb up and put the big balls in and watch them go around the room.
The girls put on water smocks and played in the water. They fished for fish and ducks. They made a tube of bubbles around themselves. Off to the side Mary drew on a big chalk board.
The sensory exploration room is a great room to explore sounds and textures.
The safari room has stuffed animals, figure animals, dress up and a small area to explore and play in.
The color room has a fun slide with stairs that light up when you step on them, a rainbow color puzzle on the wall and color books to look at.
The diner is a great area. There are tables to sit at and a play kitchen to cook lots of different types of food. There is a stove that can turn off and on.
The ocean room at the top of the building has lots of ocean toys to play with. You can pull up lobsters, raise the flags, and play with the steering wheel.
Outside is the shipwreck.
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com