1. Participate in the Cambridge Science Festival
Underwater vehicles, marine mammals, asteroids, sports, and origami are just a few of the topics that will be explored at the Cambridge Science Festival from April 20 to 29. Including nearly 200 events, this 10-day festival is a perfect opportunity for families to take advantage of the best that the Boston area has to offer in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The Science Carnival scheduled for Friday, April 20, is a regular highlight, and new family events this year include “Science of Sports” and “CSF Star Party”. In “Making Science Toys III”, children will learn to construct catapults, kazoos and basic robots with everyday materials. Educator Christina Nicolson, who created the event, will commemorate Director James Cameron’s recent underwater exploration with an activity in which children will create submersibles. For a listing of all the events that will appeal to families, click here.
2. Explore Boston Children’s Museum
Spend a morning at this celebrated museum which offers a range of activities that engage younger children (under 8 years old). Little ones may dabble in the Art Studio or learn as they frolic in the Science Playground. Highlights in April include a celebration of Japanese cherry blossoms during vacation week (April 16 to 22). Critter Day on April 21 will offer young animal lovers an opportunity to learn how their favorite creatures survive winter and prepare for spring. The museum’s detailed online calendar of events will help you plan your day.
3. A taste of history in Concord
For young ones who show an interest in historical events, take advantage of all that the town of Concord has to offer. In addition to being home to Orchard House and Walden Pond, this town served as the backdrop for a number of events that changed the course of American history. Visit the Concord Museum on Patriots Day, when the museum will host family-friendly activities designed to educate visitors about this holiday. The museum houses significant collections from 1775, including the famous Revere lantern. Take some time to visit The Old Manse, and discover the significance of this National Historic Landmark where Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne once lived.
4. Get outdoors at Gore Place’s Sheepshearing Festival
It may be called a sheepshearing festival, but there is much more to this event in its 25th year at the Gore Place estate on April 28. Including a crafts fair with 88 vendors, puppet parades, wagon rides, weaving demonstrations as well as recreations of militia camps from the late 1700s and the 1800s, the festival is a great way for families to spend a day outdoors in a farm environment. Animal lovers will also enjoy herding dog demonstrations, and canines from the New England Disc Dog Club will add to the excitement with their stunts involving Frisbees.
5. Attend the National Robotics Week event at The Discovery Museums
It is National Robotics Week from April 7 to 15, and The Discovery Museums in Acton will mark the occasion with presentations by Robots and Brain Bots Inc., the robotics team from Waltham-based Gann Academy, on April 12, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The team, which won the prestigious FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship Inspire Award in 2011, will display their robot’s abilities in lifting and flipping crates and loading balls, among other tasks.