Centennial Events

Boston Children's Museum 100th Anniversary Events

Friday October 4, 2013, 5:00 – 9:00pm

It all starts on Friday with music and a dance party for all ages to enjoy. Powered by the ICA DJ Collective, Urbanity Dance, Lil’ Phunk, and Boston Children’s Chorus, activities will include a DJ battle, generation themed dance lessons and dance battles, and the 500 member Boston Children’s Chorus singing “I Am” written and composed specifically for the 100th Birthday of the Museum.

Saturday October 5, 2013, 10:30am – 1:00am

Saturday is filled with programs for kids and adults including live animal presentations, KidStage plays, visiting artists, an outdoor National Grid Tinker Tent filled with science and hands-on making and fixing activities, and performers including Revels, Urbanity Dance, an Afro-Brazilian Ensemble, and Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla. The day will culminate with “Up Too Late” a party for adults with music, dancing, improv, food and drink.

Sunday October 6, 2013, 10:30am – 5:00pm

Fun events continue on Sunday with visiting artists, live animals, New Balance games, and performers Karen Montanaro, Boston Bhangra, and Boston Ballet senior students.

Early Childhood Summit 2013: Innovation and Opportunity
In partnership with the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Strategies for Children, Boston Children's Museum co-sponsored its second Early Childhood Summit April 5, 2013 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston. 400 attendees listened to and participated in presentations on early brain development and the importance of executive function, the effect of stress on children, effective school readiness and family support programs, digital media in children's lives, the critical role of play in early childhood development, and implications for public policy. Leading researchers and professionals in the fields of health, education and business shared their insights, identified best practices, and discussed both the challenges and solutions for enhancing early childhood development opportunities. View video of the plenary session presentations.

Family Fest at Boston Children's Museum
With partners WGBH and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Boston Children's Museum hosted a day-long museum-wide festival full of music, arts, science, multicultural, and health/fitness activities, all featuring the power of play in enhancing children's learning. More than 3000 children, parents, grandparents, and friends joined us at the Museum on April 6th for the Centennial Family Fest celebration. Children danced, climbed, made paper sculptures, created story discs, met Curious George, Arthur and Peep, and made music. Parents discussed their families’ challenges with the authors, artists, and doctors that presented workshops and talks. Families watched chefs Ming Tsai, Joanne Chang, and Stefano Cordova create with food. And musicians Josh and the JamTones, Ricardo Frota, and the Boston City-Wide Orchestra showed the breadth of sound and its ability to enchant and connect. View photos of the wonderful day.  
April to October:  Monthly Themes
Biweekly programs will connect Boston Children's Museum past with the present and future through thematic activities.
April:  Imagination – how play develops young minds
May:  Friendship and Community – building cultural understanding through the arts and artifacts
June:  Stories – the joy of storytelling, listening, performing, singing, and sharing
July:  Exploration – outdoor and indoor games, music, and science discovery
August:  The Big Birthday (see below)
September:  Curiosity – activities from 100 years of innovative exhibitions
October:  Gala Weekend  (see below)
August 2, 2013:   Boston Children's Museum's Birthday Party!
10:00am – 5:00pm

With support from the Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday, celebrate Boston Children’s Museum’s 100th birthday with a Giant Birthday party. Make party hats. Sing birthday songs. Inside the Museum enjoy three floors of interactive exhibits. Outside, street performers will entertain you along the boardwalk. KidStage will feature Vento Chiaro, a world class woodwind quintet, in the morning, and original plays performed by live actors in the afternoon.