Get Moving with the Boston Children’s Museum
August 2, 2013

This is the Boston Children’s Museum centennial year and it’s been celebrating with a slew of events since April, including bringing the fun to various neighborhoods. The Big Cake Birthday Tour has museum staff leading activities and games meant to inspire movement and health. And they’re bringing a giant inflated cake and milk bottle along with them!

A series of fun physical challenges, developed in consultation with leading fitness and nutrition experts, includes using a pedometer to track how much you move as you visit stations like “Strength in Numbers” (challenging participants to hold a pose),”Twist and Shout” (taking your hoop game to the next level), and “Tag Hacking” (variations on classic tag games).

This Friday, August 2, the museum will celebrate its birthday with free admission, games, a teddy bear picnic and other activities. The culmination of the year’s events is the “Power of Play” gala weekend October 4 to 6, with a dance party, a music festival, visual and performing arts, science activities, kids Olympics, a children’s gala and a birthday ceremony around Fort Point Channel. There will be a giant inflatable birthday cake towed into the Fort Point Channel, and everyone will sing “Happy Birthday” and blow out the candles.

Upcoming Big Cake Birthday Tour Stops:

Sunday, August 4: Marcella Park, Roxbury, Jazz at the Fort, from 4-6 p.m. Concert at 5 p.m.

Monday, August 5: Medal of Honor Park/M Street, South Boston, Mayor Menino’s Movie Nights featuring “Miracle” from 5-7:30 p.m. Movie at dusk.

Saturday, August 10: Mary Hannon Park, Dorchester, DSNI Multicultural Fair, from noon- 4 p.m. Celebrate the cultures of the Dudley neighborhood at this youth-organized festival, which features stage performances by local artists, a fashion show, food, games and more. Festival goes until 6 p.m.

Monday, August 12: Blackstone Park, South End, Mayor Menino’s Movie Nights featuring “Paranorman”, from 5-7:30 p.m. Movie at dusk.

Thursday, August 15: East Boston Greenway/Caboose, ParkARTS Tito Puente Latin Music Series, from 5-7 p.m. Concert at 7 p.m.

Monday, August 19: Billings Field, West Roxbury, Mayor Menino’s Movie Nights featuring “We Are Marshall,” from 5-7:30 p.m. Movie at dusk.

Tuesday, August 20: Franklin Park, Dorchester, ParkSCIENCE Children’s Festival, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This Children's Festival is packed full of performing arts, science related activities like cool experiments using house hold ingredients, art projects to take home, face painting, a visit from the Franklin Park Zoo and more.

Monday, August 26: Iacono Park, Hyde Park, Mayor Menino’s Movie Nights featuring “ET,” 5-7:30 p.m. Movie at dusk.

Check the Boston Children’s Museum website for more information and rain

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