For over 90 years, Boston Children’s Museum has served as a leader in Boston and within the museum community for School Field Trips, Family Trips in Boston and Teacher Workshops & Professional Development for the Classroom. Boston Children’s Museum engages, students, children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.
We are a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children’s exhibitions, educational school field trips programs and curriculum located in Boston. Boston Children’s Museum focuses on three key areas of expertise: visitor programs (Family Trips), teacher resources and early childhood education (School Field Trips).
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Boston Childrens Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
P. (617) 426-6500 ext.405
E. Boston Children Museum Info
Boston Children s Museum Hours
Open every day 10am – 5pm
Fridays 10am – 9pm
Effective July 1, 2012, our prices will be as follows:
Children (1-15): $14
Children (0-12 months): FREE
Target Fridays: $1 from 5pm to 9pm
The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Museum closes at 3pm on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve.
The Museum opens at noon on New Year’s Day.
NOTE: Children younger than 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Adults unaccompanied by children must leave proper photo identification at the Admissions Desk. Examples: State Driver’s License or Passport
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Family Trips at the Boston Children's Museum
Family Trips at the Boston Children s Museum
Boston Childrens Museum for Parents and Families
Self Guided Visits
Self-Guided Visits of Boston Children’s Museum offer children the opportunity to explore our many exhibits and public programs at their own pace. Children and their adult chaperones can remain longer in especially intriguing exhibits, following the children’s curiosity and imagination. Children are likely to discover some very thought-provoking activities – and in doing so develop some lifelong interests and skills.
Whatever your age, Boston Children’s Museum provides activities to spark your imagination.
Here you can be an artist, visit another country, experiment with science and explore your world. To help plan your next visit, check out our monthly Calendar of programs and events.
Please check back with us soon to find out more information about Programs and Events in the New Boston Children’s Museum or join our mailing list HERE for updates.
Birthday Party Packages
Yellow Party Room – capacity: 25 guests (10 children max.)
Green Party Room – capacity: 40 guests (15 children max.)
Blue Party Room – capacity: 60 guests (25 children max.)
Bronze Party Package
Room rental for 2 hours, free Museum admission for the day for you and all party guests, and a Birthday Party Coordinator to assist you the day of the event.
Yellow Party Room: $325
Green Party Room: $400
Blue Party Room: $475
Silver Party Package
Bronze Party Package + papergoods (available in green, red, hot pink, blue, yellow, and purple) and Museum Shop coupons for all children attending the party.
Yellow Party Room: $375
Green Party Room: $450
Blue Party Room: $525
Gold Party Package
Silver Party Package + a Boston Children’s Museum T-shirt for the Birthday child, a 15% off Museum Shop coupon for the party host, and an activity of your choice.
Yellow Party Room: $450
Green Party Room: $525
Blue Party Room: $600
We want your Boston Children’s Museum birthday party to be a wonderful experience. We partner with Au Bon Pain Café and Sweet Tooth Bakery to offer you delicious, affordable, and easy food options.
|Sweet Tooth Bakery Sweet Tooth Bakery specializes in freshly baked, customized kids’ cakes! We also provide additional items including cupcakes, cookies, and pastries. Please contact us at (617) 268–2555 for details or to place an order.|
|Crumbs Bake Shop Cupcakes from CRUMBS BAKE SHOP will make your party special! We have over 40 flavors baked fresh daily – available in 4 sizes – Contact CRUMBS CATERING/Boston at 617-870-4700 for more info. firstname.lastname@example.org|
You are welcome to have food delivered from elsewhere or bought in from home. The Museum does not allow food heating devices and prohibits the consumption of alcohol. All food and cake must be consumed in the party room.
|Origami||3 and up||$25|
|Face Painting||All Ages||$30|
|Crown or Mask Decoration||4 and Up||$45|
|Sock Puppets||5 and Up||$50|
The Shop at Boston Children’s Museum
The Shop at Boston Children’s Museum offers Birthday party hosts many options for goodie bags, favors, and gifts. Please visit the “Shop” section of our website for more details.
Have you thought about donating your child’s gifts or having your guests make a donation in lieu of a gift? Below are some organizations which gladly accept:
|Room to Grow http://www.roomtogrow.org/||Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new clothing and toys for children ages 0-3|
|Birthday Wishes http://www.birthdaywishes.org/Default.aspx||Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new children’s toys and party supplies|
|Cradles to Crayons http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston||Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new clothing and toys for children ages 0-12|
Boston Children’s Museum is located at 308 Congress Street. It is a short walk from downtown and easily accessible by public transportation. Boston Children’s Museum does not have a parking garage, however there are affordable paid parking lots available in close proximity. Please consider public transportation if you can, especially during school vacation weeks. This is an exciting part of town, with a lot of development and construction taking place, which also makes parking more challenging on days when other businesses are open.
Teacher Programs and Professional Develpment
Boston Children’s Museum has been a national leader in educator professional development for over 40 years. Our trainings serve educators in early childhood, elementary classrooms, and afterschool environments, and are based on current pedagogical theory and research. We offer highly participatory and engaging half-day workshops, full-day seminars, and customized workshops, and trainings can take place at Boston Children’s Museum or at your program or school. Prices are dependent upon the number of sessions, number of attendees, amount of time and location. While we typically work directly with individual schools, afterschool programs or districts, we occasionally provide scheduled workshops that users from anywhere can register for in advance. Check back on this page periodically for information on these seasonal offerings. And if you are interested in working with us, please contact us using the information to the right.
Parent & Educator Resources
Boston Children’s Museum has been creating curriculum, activities and other resources for educators and parents for 100 years. These resources are used in every state in the United States and in over 100 countries around the world, and are rooted in decades of understanding how children learn most effectively, and how adults can best support that learning.
The resources below include the multiple–award winning “Beyond the Chalkboard” website, which was named “Best of the Web – Education Website” and is used by tens of thousands of afterschool professionals all around the world; the STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide, which offers ideas and activities for early childhood educators who teach science, technology, engineering and math; guides for afterschool educators working with English Language Learners and children with autism; and BCM Home Edition – a book of 26 activities that families can try together at home. Each of these resources is available for free to any parent, teacher or other caregiver that wishes to use them. Click on the links below to find out more.
Beyond the Chalkboard
Voted “Best Education Website” by Museums and the Web, Beyond the Chalkboard is the world’s first free, online multidisciplinary curriculum created specifically for afterschool educators. The hundreds of activities on this site cover a range of subjects including science, literacy, culture, art, health, math, and engineering in ways that support what’s learned during the school day. Most importantly, by promoting critical “21st century” skills like problem solving, communication, and working collaboratively with peers, we believe the activities, teaching techniques and resources of this curriculum can help prepare kids for life.
Beyond the Chalkboard is being used in every state in the United States and in over 100 countries (and counting!) around the world, by tens of thousands of educators reaching hundreds of thousands of children. Such a broad community gives us all an opportunity to communicate, share and learn from each other. Click the link below to visit this website and join this growing community!
Including Children with Autism in Afterschool Settings Guide
Boston Children’s Museum developed the Including Children With Autism in Afterschool Settings Guide alongside experts in Autism, Out-of-School Time (OST) professionals who run inclusive programs, and parents of children with autism to help afterschool staff better support children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at their sites. As the frequency of diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders steadily increases, this Guide can serve as a platform for enriching professional growth and relevant dialogue for a wide spectrum of OST staff and administrators.
Click below to download two free PDFs: the Including Children With Autism in Afterschool Settings Guide and an accompanying document that includes examples of tools you can use with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in your afterschool program.
Guide to Supporting English Language Learners in OST and Extended Learning Time
Working closely with the Latino After School Initiative, Boston Children’s Museum developed this guide to help Out-of-School Time (OST) staff better support any and all English Language Learners at their sites. As the ELL and bilingual student populations steadily increase at both the state and national levels, we envision this guide serving as a platform for enriching professional growth and relevant dialogue for a wide spectrum of OST staff and administrators. Click below to download this free PDF.
STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide
The STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide is the product of collaboration among National Grid, Boston Children’s Museum, and WGBH. The goal of this guide is to assist preschool educators in focusing and refining the naturally inquisitive behaviors of three- to five-year-olds on science, technology, engineering, and math. It includes general information on how young children explore science topics as well as specific activity suggestions that align with the Massachusetts state guidelines for STEM teaching in early childhood. Click below to download this free PDF.
BCM Home Edition
Boston Children’s Museum’s mission is to engage children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. But these kinds of engaging experiences don’t only happen at the Museum…they can happen at home as well. BCM Home Edition was created to encourage families to explore, learn and grow together through activities that are fun and inspiring and that any family can try at home. Click below to download this free PDF and bring the Boston Children’s Museum home with you!
School & Summer Camp Field Trips
For information about organizing your visit, reservations, and policies please explore the sections below.
You can start a reservation right now by clicking the Request a Reservation here or by calling our Groups Coordinator between 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. We recommend initiating reservation at least two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Groups Coordinator at 617-426-6500 x405 or e-mail GroupVisits@BostonChildrensMuseum.org
Boston Children’s Museum offers two types of group visits:
Do-It-Yourself Visits and Program Visits.
Both types of visits are eligible for sponsorship.
Two Hour Do-It-Yourself Visits
Cost: $10 per student
Two Hour Do-It-Yourself Visits offer groups the opportunity to explore our many exhibits and public programs at their own pace, following the childrens’ curiosity and imagination. Children and their chaperones are likely to discover some very thought–provoking activities—and in doing so develop lifelong interests and skills.
Program Visits Boston Children’s Museum offers several educational programs suitable for children in grades 1 and up. We offer one hour and two hour programs, hands-on experiences and a place where children’s imagination and creativity is encouraged through play and educational activities.
Single Program Visits Cost: $13 per student (50 student maximum) Single Program Visits consist of a one-hour educator-led program and one hour of do-it-yourself museum exploration.
Double Program Visit Cost: $18.50 per student (50 student maximum) Double Program Visits consists of two different programs, one hour each, and a bonus hour of Museum exploration. Please note: Double Program Visits cannot be sponsored.
A Day in the Life of a Japanese Child
“Always a fabulous culmination of our Japan unit.” “Educator is knowledgeable, patient, organized, prepared and clear!” Take off your shoes and step into an authentic 100-year old house from Kyoto, Japan! Your students will experience a typical day for a Japanese child and will discover what customs, artifacts, and aspects of home and school life in Japan are similar to, and different from their own. We provide cultural immersion and hands-on activities in the Kyo-no-Machiya (the Japanese House) using contemporary stories, objects, and images.
Age recommendation: Grades 1 – 6.
Specially arranged programs are also available for Grades 7 through 12.
Adaptations to connect with your curriculum may be available.
Standards Met: History and Social Science: 1.1, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9,G6 NEA
English Language Arts: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 4.3
Balls & Tracks
“Staff is knowledgeable and engaging. The program is simple enough to understand, but with opportunities for complexity and thought.” —Ken A., 2nd grade teacher “Students had a wonderful time and learned how to work together, to test their creations on a regular basis and that science is FUN!” —Carol M., 5th grade teacher After observing gravity, friction and momentum in action in the Raceways exhibit, your class will work in groups to design their own unique Raceways track. Kids are the engineers as each team of students designs a roller coaster track using only the materials given to them. In addition to putting their problem-solving skills to work, your students will improve their teamwork abilities. The design challenges will be adjusted to suit your grade.
Age recommendation: Grades 2 and up
Money Matters Money Matters is an early financial literacy program designed especially for students in grades K-4. In this exciting one-hour program, students can role-play as wage earners in our Boston Black exhibit, discuss important community roles and jobs, and “spend” the money they’re earning at the local barber shop, flower store, corner market and restaurant. Together as a group they will explore the many ways that members of a community rely on each other for goods and services. This program aligns with Massachusetts Standards in both Economics and Mathematics.
Age recommendation:Grades K-4
Global Stories If objects could talk…
Boston Children’s Museum has been collecting objects from around the world for nearly 100 years. In this new school program for Grades 2-4, we invite students to put on white gloves and take a closer look at the Museum’s collections. We’ll open our eyes to just how much we can learn from careful observation of a single cultural artifact and what it tells us about its origins: Who made this? What is it for? What is it made of? Is it old or new? Where is it from? What makes you think so? This multidisciplinary program will feature selected collections pieces representing Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia, and Africa*. Using a variety of media, students will explore the geography and culture behind the objects, how form fits function, and common threads across the human experience. Students will then incorporate these concepts into an original 2D or 3D work of art inspired by their observations.
Age recommendation:Grades 2-4, Grade 5 by special arrangement
Alignment with Massachusetts frameworks: Visual Arts for K-4: 1.2, 2.5, 3.1, 6.1, 8.1 History and Geography: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.4
*A note to educators: we have some flexibility to select objects that align with your classroom units and grade frameworks; for example, we sometimes can accommodate requests for Native American or Chinese objects. Call or email us for more information.
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