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At-Home Activities for Kids

Every week we'll send you fun activities you can work on at home with your kids, as well as well as informative articles and podcasts about play and learning at home during this time of social distancing.


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Participate in a Children Helping Science Study

You and your child can help science from home! Children Helping Science is made up of a group of researches from around the world. Their website shows studies your family can do online. Their research is fun for families, serious for science. Try participating with your child!

STEM Chat with Erin Khan from Suffolk

Listen to how Erin Khan from Suffolk Construction impacts the Future of Construction using new technologies to make the building process more efficient.

STEM Chat with Emily Dunne from Autodesk

Listen to how Emily Dunne from Autodesk impacts the Future of Construction by bringing together architecture and technology to help make better buildings.


STEM Chat with Brian Scott from Elkus Manfredi

Listen to how Brian Scott from Elkus Manfredi impacts the Future of Construction through architecture, answering questions about what it's like to be an architect and what skills you need to succeed.

Creature Feature LIVE!

Join Alissa on Facebook Live every Saturday at 10:00am for a virtual creature feature with Oliver the ball python! Ollie's been hanging out at her house during the closure, and this is a chance to see him up close and personal (well, virtually)!

Play Date: Go With the Flow

We are so excited to partner with and co-host the ICA's first-ever virtual Play Date: Go with the Flow! Join us for live programs on Friday, May 29 and explore our menu of self-guided activities on your own time! All activities are designed for adults and children to participate in together. Online registration required.


Subcategory: Art

Let's Explore Shapes

Triangles, circles, squares - oh my! Explore the different shapes with Faith in this video. Afterward, see if you can find objects of each shape and trace them on paper to make a design. Share your designs using #BostonChildrensMuseum!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

Draw Your Own Manga Portrait

Liz is teaching us how to draw our own manga portrait! Manga is a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels made popular in the late 19th century. Liz will show us the basics of manga portrait drawing, but we encourage you to make your portrait your own with any special details or personal touches you'd like to add!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities
Subcategory: Art

String Art for Kids

DO try this at home - #DIY string art! Design and create a 3-dimensional work of art using simple tools and materials (hammer, nails, wood, yarn). At the Museum, we use this activity to support kids in practicing skills such as thinking creatively and expressing themselves while practicing how to safely use tools. Show us your finished string art by sharing a photo with #BostonChildrensMuseum!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Live Music Concerts with Mr. Jon & Friends

Mr. Jon & Friends make and perform Parents' Choice Award winning music for kids and families. You can join Jon and Carrie Lewis for LIVE concerts featuring music, puppets, and dancing EVERY weekday at 10:30am on Facebook Live! Can't make the live show? Check out all of their previously recorded concerts on Facebook or YouTube.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Music and Dance

PART 2: Doing Science with Kids

In Part 2 of our "Doing Science with Kids" series, gain some practical tips and suggestions here on engaging your kids in STEAM. Alissa demonstrates a fun and easy experiment you can do with kids while asking the kinds of questions that will help them (and you!) learn along the way - even if the answer is "I don't know."

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Big & Little Podcast: The Coronavirus Pandemic's Effect on Kids

Boston Children's Museum CEO and President, Carole Charnow, talks with Dr. Michael Yogman, a practicing pediatrician in Cambridge, Massachusetts, about the many challenges the Coronavirus presents for parents, families, and children.

Ages: Adults
Category: Podcasts

How Coins Are Made...For Kids!

Have you ever studied a coin to find out what year it was made? Maybe you've wondered what material the different coins are made out of? This video explains to kids the coin making process from start to finish, in a fun and fascinating way that you'll enjoy, too!

Ages: 5-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

The Live from the Living Room Challenge

Join the #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge and share a short and funny video to make someone laugh. Tell a joke, pull a (harmless) prank on your sibling, train your dog to chase his tail - get creative! Share your video with #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge to be featured on their page! The top ten videos will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Future of Construction Day 5, featuring Autodesk and United Way

Check out the recording from Day 5 of the Future of Construction, featuring Autodesk and United Way. Future of Construction is a webinar and design challenge for middle schoolers developed in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, and the United Way. Today's discussion is about who different products and spaces are designed for and what problems they are helping to solve.


Future of Construction Day 4, featuring Boston Children's Museum and Thompson Island Outward Bound

Check out the recording from Day 4 of the Future of Construction, a webinar and design challenge for middle schoolers developed in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, and the United Way. Today's topic: Designing for Resilience. This webinar features Boston Children's Museum's Director of STEAM Melissa Higgins as well as Thompson Island Outward Bound.

Future of Construction Webinar Day 3, featuring Boston Society of Architecture and EcoRise

Boston Children's Museum was thrilled to participate in the Future of Construction, a webinar and design challenge for middle schoolers developed in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, and the United Way. Check out the webinar recording from Day 3, featuring the Boston Society for Architecture and EcoRise.

Future of Construction Webinar Day 2, featuring MassRobotics

Boston Children's Museum was thrilled to participate in the Future of Construction, a webinar and design challenge for middle schoolers developed in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, and the United Way. Check out the webinar recording from Day 2, featuring MassRobotics.


Future of Construction Webinar Day 1, featuring Autodesk and Suffolk Construction

Boston Children's Museum was thrilled to participate in the Future of Construction, a webinar and design challenge for middle schoolers developed in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, and the United Way. Check out the webinar recording from Day 1, featuring Autodesk and Suffolk Construction.

Mindfulness Resources for Kids

Encouraging your kids to take time out to practice mindfulness can have incredible benefits on their mental health, especially in anxious times such as these. Check out the many mindfulness resources that your kids will actually enjoy.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Guess My Superfood!

A superfood is a type of food that is packed with nutrients. We are learning about some of these delicious, nutritious foods with the game "Guess My Superfood!" Can you guess the superfood Laura is describing?

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

Music and Movement with the Laurie Berkner Band

Take a music and movement break every morning at 10:00am with the Laurie Berkner Band! Laurie is hosting daily Berkner Breaks on her Facebook page featuring original music and dance. An added bonus: each of her livestreams benefits a different charitable organization.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Music and Dance

A Special Guest Storytime for Ramadan

We have two very special guest storytellers today for #TellMeAStory Thursday! We're joined by Vanessa McGreevey and her daughter Maryum Samad. The story they're reading is all about Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Music Makers: Percussion Edition

Tambourines have hollow bodies! All that empty space means the instrument can amplify the noise you make when you hit it. Follow our guide to make your very own tambourine at home!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Music and Dance

Construct a StoryWalk In Your Neighborhood!

Check out the StoryWalk our friend Autumn from Imagination Playground constructed in her neighborhood! To make a StoryWalk, place the pages of a children's book along the side of your street for families to enjoy as they walk along.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

What Happens to Paper After We Recycle It?

Fun fact: Half the paper we use in our daily lives has been recycled. What happens to all the ink, fold marks, or stains on the paper? In this video segment from PBS's ZOOM, go inside a material recovery center for a behind-the-scenes look on how paper becomes like new again.

Ages: 5-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

DIY Shrinky Dinks

Did you know you can SHRINK plastic objects down to a fraction of their size? This fun STEAM activity is appropriately called Shrinky Dinks! Following Alissa's instructions, watch as your plastic design rapidly shrinks when heated.

Ages: 5-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Blog Post: Your Everyday Parenting Skills Are What Your Child Needs

In a new blog post, Health and Wellness Educator Saki Iwamoto cuts through the noise of the countless articles and advice out there on parenting during the pandemic. Instead, turn to the parenting skills you already practice in times of normalcy.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Marble Paper with Boston Moms

Shannon from Boston Moms is showing us how to make marble paper! This is a great sensory activity you can do at home with a few simple materials. Try it out at home and show us how your marble paper turns out by sharing a photo with #BostonChildrensMuseum!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

How Can Art Tell Us About Who We Are?

In this video from #METKids, artist Ty Defoe connects the Met's art with stories and dance from his home. Ty is from the Oneida and the Ojibwe nations and has been dancing and telling stories his whole life. After hearing from Ty in the video, see if you can tell a story from your life by making art or choreographing a dance.

Ages: 3-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

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