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Programs & Events

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Youth & Family Programs

Author and Illustrator, Chris Van Allsburg Book Signing

The Polar Express & The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

Sunday, December 21; 2 – 4 pm

Meet Chris Van Allsburg, author and illustrator of the holiday classic, The Polar Express and his newest book, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.

NOTE: The author will sign copies of one book from home, if you have also purchased a new book. There is a limit of three books per person to be signed by the author, due to the popularity of this event.Multiple copies of the author's books will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

 

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New Year’s Eve Countdown to Midnight

Wednesday, December 31; 10 am – 2 pm

Member: $8, Non-member: $10

Register by: Saturday, December 27

At the door and day of $12

Walk-ins welcome as space allows

Museum open for this event only

Ring in the New Year at a museum-wide celebration.

Countdown to “Midnight” | Noisemakers | Hats | Face Painting | Ginger ale Toast

Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals | Wiggles and Giggles Music  

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The Roly, Poly Rice Ball Puppet Show

The Waldorf Magical Strings Puppet Troupe

January 10; 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Included in admission

Experience the traditional Japanese tale about a poor woodcutter who follows his dropped rice ball to an underground kingdom inhabited by magical mice in a live marionette puppet show.

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National Model Railroad Association HUB Division Model Train Layout

January 17 – 19

Included with admission

Train enthusiasts! Come explore America’s greatest hobby as members of NMRA HUB Division display their expertly engineered modular train layout at the museum, their first stop as they travel across Massachusetts.  

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8th Annual Legopalooza Pop-up Lego Studio

Monday – Wednesday; February 16 – 18

Drop-In

Included in admission

Join us for a free-form family Lego® build.

All ages.

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Train Time DIY Maker Studio

Friday, February 20; 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Drop-In

Included in admission

Create scenery and buildings to add to your wooden Brio and Thomas-size train sets at home.

Ages 3+ with parent

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4th Annual Draw Me a Story Exhibit

Draw Me a Story: Tomie and Friends

March 6 - April 27

Included in admission
Celebrate the art of Caldecott Medalist Tomie dePaola and fellow guest children’s book illustrators Jesse Watson, Lisa Cinelli, Katia Wish, Elizabeth Wolff and Cyndy Szekeres Prozzo in a vibrant display of original works.

Picture books by artists shown in the exhibition are available in the Museum Shop.

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Draw Me a Story Cocktail Party

Friday, March 6; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

$10 Donation at the door

Mix and mingle with the illustrator of our Draw Me a Story: Tomie and Friends exhibit as you admire the variety of styles and techniques used to create this beautiful collection of children’s book illustrations in Burnham Hall.

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March is Membership Month!

Watch for special member activities throughout the month of March.

Face painting by Flynntastic Faces

For our museum members

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Drop-In; 10am-12pm

Museum lobby

Any age

 

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Draw Me a Story Family Reception

Sunday, March 22; 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Included in admission

Come meet some of the Draw Me a Story exhibit illustrators as you explore at their artwork. Budding artists will enjoy meeting the authors at book signings and a variety of art activities.

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