There’s two kinds of people in this world: ones who wish they could forget their childhood, and ones who’d do anything to be a kid again. The ones who still love those childhood times can’t resist a puddle after the rain, or a certain crunchy leaf on the sidewalk. They love to break out the sidewalk chalk or gather a group for flashlight tag. Whichever one you are though, you can join in for a day and embrace your inner child at these innocent and fun events coming up.
The Museum of Science (www.mos.org) often has live presentations going on throughout the week. One of their most famous is the lightning show in the electricity theatre. Pull up a front-row rug spot and watch these crazies conduct some experiments with lots of loud sounds and hair standing on end. On Saturday and Sunday, the show will be at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm with regular museum admission.
If you’re looking for a little more education and a lot more hands-on, Boston’s Center for Adult Education always has ongoing sessions that teach everything from cooking to claywork. On March 12th from 2pm-5pm, the BCAE is hosting a screen-printing class, for anyone who’s really wanted a Golden Girls t-shirt but is way too embarrassed to actually buy it. Now you can make it yourself. Channel that kid in you who used to revel in finger-paints and sign up for this one session only at http://www.bcae.org.
On April 2nd, Boston will be participating in a very special event. That day happens to be International Pillow Fight Day, and of course our eclectic city will be joining the world-wide ranks as well. Last year over 1,500 people showed up for this playfully violent event and it promises to be just as epic in 2011. The group hosting it, the Banditos Misteriosos, will announce the spot the day before, so bookmark their website and check back at http://www.misteriosos.org.
For five bucks on any given day at the Christian Science Center, you can indulge in a world of pretend at the Mapparium. This structure is a three-story tall glass globe that visitors can walk around inside of and view the entire world. The unique angle allows people to understand the real shape of the continents and puts distance into perspective- making your nerdy kid at heart week in the knees. Find details at http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org and be sure to get there before 4pm.
Save the adult beverages and your pick up lines for later. Start your day right in the city with the kids and young at heart. Best results are sans hangover, because fun is never the same when you’re feeling queasy. Grab a smoothie, some sneakers and get to playing!
–Eileen Cotter is a Contributor to The Free George