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Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 426-6500

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Open Everyday 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-9pm

Countdown to Kindergarten

Countdown to Kindergarten

© 2012 Paul Spect

Are you ready for kindergarten? Ride a school bus. Put your belongings in a backpack. Choose an activity that will help you get ready to go to school.  Countdown to Kindergarten is a model classroom that invites children and their parents to have a typical kindergarten experience.  Adults can ask staff “teachers” questions they may have about the kindergarten registration process, child development milestones, and how to help their child be ready for school.  

Children can practice important skills like taking turns, making a friend, and sitting in a group circle to read a story.  The classroom includes a math and science area, dramatic play area, reading and writing corner, and creative arts area. Parents and teachers will find resources to support many aspects of a child’s development including curiosity, social and emotional maturity, independence skills, and physical health. 

Early experiences affect the architecture of the maturing brain. Like building a house, Countdown to Kindergarten provides experiences that establish or refine children’s skills developed in the early years to help them get ready for kindergarten.

Countdown to Kindergarten is sponsored by The Institute of Museum and Library Services with matching funds from Jane's Trust, The Barr Foundation, The Lincoln & Terese Filene Foundation, State Street Corporation and United Way of Massachusetts Bay.

The Museum will close at 3:00pm Nov.12, and at 1:00pm Nov.23.

PlaySpace is closed for the construction of a new space for 0 to 3 year olds and their caregivers.
While under renovation, look for special Pop-Up PlaySpace experiences and programs throughout the Museum. Learn more about Pop-Up PlaySpace

Plentiful Weekday & Weekend Discounted Parking Available