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National Grid Tinker Tent

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Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
3-5, 6 and up, All Ages
the tent in front of the Museum
Come explore, imagine and create something wonderful at the National Grid Tinker Tent, one of the highlights of our Centennial weekend! For kids who love to tinker with tools, the National Grid national grid logo Tinker Tent will appear in front of the Museum and will offer activities run by artists and scientists that challenge you to make imaginative sculptures, engineer boats, create an animated movie, and even fix your own broken toys!
Activities include:
  • Open Shop with Parts and Crafts
    What would you like to make? With a wide range of materials (scraps of wood, googly eyes, bits of pipe, strands of wire, popsicle sticks, electronics components, tape, glue, fabric, toothbrushes and more); and tools to put it all together, you'll be able to create just about anything you can imagine.
  • Paper Boat Engineering with Mare Liberum
    A collective of artist-boatbuilder-printmakers from Brooklyn, New York – will lead a short series of workshops to introduce the technique of life-sized paper boatbuilding using only craft paper and wood glue. These lightweight paper boats have a history that dates to the 1860s in Troy, New York. That’s right…making boats out of paper.
  • Fixing Session with Fixers Collective
    If you have a toy at home that is sitting around broken, bring it in to the Tinker Tent, and let the Fixers help you repair it! Or, work alongside them as they fix their own objects.
  • Electric Explorations with Science from Scientists
    There is so much to discover with just some batteries, light bulbs and wire. Explore alongside some real local scientists and learn more about circuits and electricity.
  • Street Seats with The Design Museum
    Design and build your own "street seat" from a variety of materials.
  • Movie making with Stephen St. Francis Decky
    Local artist and animator Stephen Decky will work with kids and families, teaching the basics of stop motion animation, storyboarding and more.
  • Light up the Tent Help Boston Children's Museum staff and our other visitors to create a collaborative, light-up sculpture.

With so many exciting choices, the National Grid Tinker Tent is sure to have something for everyone! Come join us in the Tent from 11-4 on Saturday, October 5th in front of Boston Children's Museum. We'll provide the materials and provide the creativity!

Parts and Crafts is a Makerspace for kids in Somerville running a variety of structured and unstructured programs for students, homeschoolers, families, and other curious folks, based around principles of hands-on and self-directed learning. On Saturdays they run a drop-in open-shop for families to make and do interesting things.

Science from Scientists is a Boston-based non-profit that strives to improve science and technology awareness in local middle school and late elementary students. Science from Scientists gives all students the chance to experience the joy of doing real experiments, making real discoveries and appreciating how amazing our world is.

Mare Liberum/ The Free Seas is a freeform publishing, boatbuilding and waterfront art collective, based in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, New York. Finding its roots in centuries-old stories of urban water squatters and haphazard water craft builders, Mare Liberum is a collaborative exploration of what it takes to make viable aquatic craft as an alternative to life on land. You can see more of Mare Liberum’s work in the exhibition/project "About, With & For" curated by Juliana Driever at the Boston Center for the Arts/Mills Gallery this fall.

The Fixers Collective , also from New York, is a group of folks dedicated to working together to fix things – encouraging improvisational fixing and mending and fighting planned obsolescence. The collective began as a part of the Mend exhibit at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn, and continues as a Project In Residence at Proteus. You can join a Fixing Session with The Fixers Collective at the “About, With & For” project curated by Juliana Driever at the Boston Center for the Arts/Mills Gallery this fall.

Stephen St. Francis Decky is a local animator and artist who has been creating an ever-evolving cast of characters on a perpetually-shifting landscape for many years. These characters are born in acrylic paintings, then brought out into the real world as hand-sewn dolls. The dolls are then placed on sets and either photographed or filmed back into that other world. Stephen runs Werewolf Movie, a small art/design company based in Northampton, Massachusetts.

The Design Museum is New England's first museum dedicated solely to design. Their mission is to educate the world on the role of design in their lives and to unite the Massachusetts design community in ways that enrich our collective work, make businesses more competitive, and solve real-world problems more creatively. Their Street Seats program educates children about the role design plays in the community and environment, as well as its value functionally and aesthetically.

The Museum will be closing early on Saturday, October 5 at 3:00pm for a private event.

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

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