The Boston Children’s Museum, one of the oldest and most influential children’s museums in the world, recently kicked off its centennial by announcing an array of events and programs set to happen this year.
The museum also took the occasion of its 100th birthday to launch “The Power of Play”, a new campaign featuring the importance of play in the healthy development of children. Also unveiled as part of their centennial - a new website, www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org, which museum officials called "a robust resource for parents, educators and museum visitors."
In its centennial year, Boston Children’s Museum will convene academic, medical, community, arts, science, business, and educational partners in a series of events designed to promote early childhood education and support the role of play in the lives of children and families, according to museum officials.
“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.”
To promote learning through play in its 100th year, Boston Children’s Museum challenges parents, family members, and educators to dedicate at least 100 hours to unstructured play with their children this year. As inspiration, the Museum is offering a list of 100 ways to play, as well as other resources that will be available on its website and Facebook page.