The concept of learning through play takes center stage as Boston Children's Museum celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The museum kicked off its centennial celebrations by launching "The Power of Play," an initiative designed to promote early childhood learning through active play.
The centennial events at Boston Children's Museum will run from April through October, when the museum will host programs for children and families to engage in activities that foster creativity and exploration. Events include the Family Fest on April 6 as well as The Power of Play Gala Weekend from Oct. 4–6.
“We believe play is critical to helping children access their imagination, creativity, and curiosity,” said Carole Charnow, President and CEO of Boston Children’s Museum. “Here at the Museum, active, hands-on play allows children to become the agent of their own learning, building confidence and laying the foundation for a life of learning and achievement.” Among the exhibits to look forward to this year include the 1,500-square foot national touring "Blue Man Group - Making Waves," created by Boston Children's Museum and the Blue Man Group. The exhibit combines science and art, and with Blue Man Group's unique stamp, will help families learn more about sound and music as they play.
Founded in 1913, Boston's Children's Museum has earned its reputation as a pioneer in its field. The museum's many firsts, including the world’s first hands-on exhibit, "What’s Inside," created in the 1960s, have furthered its track record as an innovator in programs that aid child development.
In recognition of its contributions to the community, the museum was nominated today by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as a finalist for the prestigious 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.