The Discovery Museums consists of two separate museums that are located next to each other, the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum. For the general cost of admission you receive access to both museums!
The first museum we explored was the Children’s Discovery Museum. This museum is created for toddlers thru early grade school age. It is designed within a large Victorian house, and every room has a different theme. Each time we walked through another doorway we were greeted with an exciting adventure, from a train room, to a bubble and water room, to a full diner set up, and of course Aidan’s favorite the camping themed room.
There was so much hands on fun in every nook and cranny of this house and the kids had so much fun exploring.
I loved how this museum was also very low-key and relaxed. It is the perfect place to take the little ones and just get on the floor and have fun.
I remember countless days feeling trapped in the house with twin infants and wishing there was a place I could take Anthony and the babies on my own. The Children’s Discovery Museum would have been absolutely perfect.
Once we finished up the Children’s Discovery Museum it was time to head over to the Science Discovery Museum.
This was what Anthony was excited about, he is obsessed with everything science related right now and this museum was perfect for him.
Everything at the Science Discovery Museum was hands on, from magnet exhibits, a mist tornado exhibit, and an inventors station. This museum really encourages kids to use their hands and minds while learning and discovering.
I really like how this museum is extremely child friendly, this is NOT a museum where you walk around and look but don’t touch. At the Science Discovery Museum the kids got to jump around from exhibit to exhibit, laughing and experiencing all there was to learn.
This meant Aidan really got to enjoy his experience, and I was able to relax knowing he was less likely to have a meltdown. This in turn meant I got to really watch my science lover Anthony in his element, which was incredibly heart warming for me.
Anthony’s favorite exhibit at the Science Discovery Museum was the harmonograph drawings. Lilly’s favorite part of the museum was all the magnet exhibits, while Aidan couldn’t get enough of all the sound studio and musical instruments.
Museum staff can usually direct visitors to a quiet space in each building for children that may need to take a break from stimulation.
Also food, including gluten-free options, is generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton!
The 2016 event calendar is available here along with more information.
They can host more than just birthday parties too!
Check out their venues for family functions, meetings, and even wedding receptions.
Acton, Ma 01720
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