Feb Fest

February 17 – 22, 2020

Join us for Feb Fest, our annual celebration during February school vacation, with daily hands-on activities, tours, workshops, and more. 


Big Group Build: Chain Reaction
Mon., Feb. 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Included with Museum admission

Form a team and build a mini chain reaction contraption with the goal of ultimately linking your contraption to others and setting off one giant chain reaction. Materials supplied.

Hacking Pinholes, Camera Obscuras, and Instant Film Thu, Feb 20, 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Included with Museum admission Designed for families with children ages 9 and above, older students and adults. Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Explore the world upside down in this family-friendly workshop. Learn about pinhole cameras and make your own pinhole viewers. Come into our giant camera obscura and hack an instant film camera to try and create an instant film pinhole camera. This hands-on workshop will be co-led by Jesseca Ferguson, a professional pinhole photography artist whose work is in the Museum’s current exhibition The Polaroid Project and Greg DeFrancis, the Museum’s Director of Engagement.

Big Group Build: City of the Future
Sat., Feb. 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Included with Museum admission

What do you want Boston or your hometown to look like in 50 years? Will cars drive themselves? Will the buildings be covered in plants and the roads surfaces solar panels? Form a team and model a section of a futuristic city. Then, we’ll combine models to reveal our ideal high-tech, sustainable city of the future! Materials supplied.

Polaroid Petting Zoo
Tues.-Fri., Feb. 18-21, 12 - 2 p.m.

Explore the museum’s Polaroid camera collection, and discover how camera designs have changed over decades of iteration.

Spotlight Tours

Tues.-Fri., 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a tour of one of our galleries with Museum staff leading the way.

Tue - Lighter, Faster, Stronger: The Herreshoff Legacy Wed - The Polaroid Project Thu - Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson Fri - In Motion


Teens (11+) and Adults. Please note that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. $15 for students, $20 for adults, includes Museum admission

Please note: Tickets made available through pre-registration have sold out. A limited number of slots will be available for purchase day-of on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Physics and Photography Workshop
Wed., Feb. 19, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Explore how cameras and light interact to capture images of events that happen quicker than a blink of an eye. Use mobile device cameras to capture events faster than 1/10,000th of a second and learn how MIT researchers are developing and using new camera technologies to visualize light itself. Note: Strobe lights are used in this workshop.

Structural Engineering Workshop Wed., Feb. 19, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Learn how simple geometry is used to engineer the longest bridges and tallest buildings in the world by building your own structures. Discover the strength of basic materials, such as paper and 3D printed parts, in this hands-on workshop.

Robotics Workshop Fri., Feb. 21, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn what makes a robot tick in this introduction to programming. Participants will use LEGO EV3 Mindstorms to explore how to program robots to move and react to their surroundings.

Sail Through Engineering Workshop Fri., Feb. 21, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Learn about the engineering design process by building and testing your own model boat. Participants will use modern technologies such as computer-aided design and laser cutting, and explore the methods that Nathanael Herreshoff used to design and build over 2000 boats, including five America’s Cup winning yachts, at the turn of the 20th century. 


Big Group Build: Chain Reaction
p>Daily, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Included with Museum admission

Monday: Scratch
Design your own simple video game or animation using the block-based programming language Scratch.

Tuesday: 3D Printing and Design
Learn how to design in three dimensions using Tinkercad and explore how 3D printers can turn digital models into reality.

Wednesday: Kinetic Sculptures
Create a unique moving art piece engineered to move with gears, cams, cranks, and pulleys.

Thursday and Friday: Our Microscopic World
Investigate tiny details of selected objects using a Scanning Electron Microscope. You get to lead the inquiry and steer the microscope.

Saturday: Paper Circuits
Use art supplies, copper tape, and LEDs to create imaginative light-up cards, paper models, and more.

Feb Fest is generously supported by the Marvin C. (1951) and Joanne Grossman Fund.