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April Vacation Week

Meet our exhibition mascot, Gusty: hundreds of years ago, he and other “Venti,” or windheads, appeared in maps as the personas believed to direct the winds. Today, Gusty directs our young visitors, appearing on kid-friendly labels throughout the gallery!

Rain or shine, the forecast calls for lots of April Vacation programs at the Leventhal Map Center. Read on to find out more!

Calling All Weather Experts!
Tuesday, April 18, 11 am – 2 pm
Leventhal Map Center

Explore the science of weather, from wind and ocean currents to tornadoes and hurricanes. Record the day’s weather in our observation station and create your own simple tools to measure the weather. Play with an Augmented Reality Sandbox courtesy of Cambridge Science Festival and Science on the Street. (Ages 6-12)

Thunder, Lightning, Twisters, and Tweens
Tuesday, April 18, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Children’s Library
Kids ages 8-13 are invited to join our weather-wise friends in the Children’s Library in conducting indoor experiments to discover how the weather works. (Ages 8-13)

Be a Weather Watcher
Wednesday, April 19, 11 am-12 pm
Leventhal Map Center

Co-presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and the Blue Hills Observatory and Science Center

Learn about weather instruments by building your own! Create an anemometer, and use your instrument to measure and record the wind. Complete a weather quiz and scavenger hunt in our gallery, and explore our weather stations. Note: the program is free but registration is required. Sign up here. (Ages 5-9)

Kite Making Workshop
Wednesday, April 19, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library

Co-presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and the Blue Hills Observatory and Science Center

You may be blown away to learn that kites have long been used by scientists to observe the weather! Learn more about these kites and build your own – it’s a breeze! Note: the program is free but registration is required. Sign up here. (Ages 7 and up)

Rhythm and Rain
Thursday, April 20, 10 am - 11:30 pm
Leventhal Map Center

Join the Map Center for a read aloud of On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather. Afterward, experiment with making your own weather sounds using a variety of instruments. Make your own rain stick to take home! (Ages 4-8)

Toto the Tornado Kitten
Thursday, April 20, 2:00 – 2:45 pm
Children's Library

After a terrible tornado in 2011, the clean-up crew found an itty-bitty kitten in the wreckage. The courageous kitten was named Toto and nursed back to health by a rescue worker named Jonathan and his wife, Amy, along with a team of veterinarians and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Jonathan went on to write a children’s book about Toto’s adventure. Join Jonathan and Toto for a read-along of Toto the Tornado Kitten, followed by a craft activity! (Ages 3 and up)

Any Way the Wind Blows
Friday, April 21, 10 am-5 pm
Leventhal Map Center

Enjoy Regions and Seasons and visit our Learning Center for an all-day free play, complete with a scavenger hunt, games, puzzles and coloring pages. (All ages)

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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (http://www.leventhalmap.org)