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Tell Me a Story!
Tuesday, April 17 – Saturday, April 21

Stories come alive in celebration of children’s literacy during April school vacation week. Explore different types of stories and the many ways they are told through words, pictures, dance, music, puppetry, and more. Hear stories from others and share your own!



Each day will be filled with activities in celebration of children’s literacy. At various times throughout the week, join read-alouds and Kamishibai Japanese picture stories with Museum staff, participate in arts and science activities such as making flip books and experimenting with zoetropes, visit with costumed characters from beloved children’s stories, investigate literacy resources shared by community organizations, cuddle up in cozy book nooks for quiet family moments, and practice your reading skills with trained therapy dogs (when available), who are very patient listeners!



April Vacation Special Programs and Performances


Meet Costumed Characters Every Day! | Tuesday April 17 - Saturday April 21 at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM
Including Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Queen of Hearts, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Waldo, Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, Thing 2, and Sam I Am

Movement and Storytelling with Urbanity Dance | Tuesday, April 17 at 2:00 PM
Celebrate children's literature and join Urbanity Dance to blend movement and storytelling. In this creative movement class, educators engage classics of children’s literature to tell stories through movement.

Charlie Numbers and the Man in the Moon (ASL Interpreted) | Wednesday, April 18, readings at 12:00 & 1:00 PM
Listen to husband and wife author team, Ben and Tonya Mezrich, read an excerpt from their children's book, Charlie Numbers and the Man in the Moon. Charlie is recruited to use his mathematical prowess to discover what happened to a box of stolen moon rocks in this follow up to Bringing Down the Mouse. Then, participate in a STEM activity based on the book.

Movement and Storytelling with Urbanity Dance | Wednesday, April 18 at 2:00 PM
Celebrate children's literature and join Urbanity Dance to blend movement and storytelling. In this creative movement class, educators engage classics of children’s literature to tell stories through movement.

Read-Aloud with USA Hockey Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Meghan Duggan | Thursday April 19, Readings at 12:00pm and 1:00pm Everybody reads! Join USA Gold Medal hockey player Meghan Duggan for a colorful read-a-loud about teamwork. Following the reading come outdoors to try your own shot on goal or take a photo with Meghan.

Word Play | Thursday, April 19 at 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM and Friday, April 20 at 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM
Explore through the alphabet as letters and words come to life to foster early literacy and a love of reading. Enjoy fabulous fun with local puppeteers Honey Goodenough and Harry LaCoste, and live music by Paul Watkins. Word Play was created by Good Hearted Entertainment with support of Puppet Showplace Theater.

Musical Storytime with New England Conservatory | Thursday, April 19 at 1:00 & 2:00 PM
Join an interactive read-aloud that blends music with the story Ferdinand the Bull led by a student from New England Conservatory.

Improv Boston | Friday, April 20 at 2:30 PM
Be part of an improv and music extravaganza, completely made up on the spot and highly interactive, featuring tons of opportunities for kids to take the stage alongside the cast of professional improvisers! Winner of the Nickelodeon award for Best Children’s Theater, ImprovBoston dishes out the laughs to audiences of all ages. Experience why ImprovBoston has been at the center of the comedy map for more than 35 years through this creative, inspiring, engaging, and hilarious show.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras | Friday, April 20 at 6:30 PM
Join a special concert inspired by classic children’s stories with talented musicians from Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras consists of six youth orchestras whose goal is music making of the highest level. They believe that a generous and passionate commitment to music among fellow young musicians will deepen the sensitivity, understanding, and intelligence of students and open their eyes to the world.

Jeff Jam Dance Party | Friday, April 20 at 8:00 PM
Sing, dance and move to live music at the Jeff Jam party!

Critter Day: Animal Adoption Stories (ASL Interpreted) | Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 and 11:30 AM
Celebrate children’s literacy with friends furry to scaly. Join Matt from Animal World Experience for Adoption Stories. Learn where he found the members of his animal family, and find out what it takes to care for them all. ASL Interpreted