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Everything you need to know about the Cambridge Science Festival

Thu Apr 5, 2018


Are you ready for 10 days of action-packed fun? From Friday, April 13th to Sunday, April 22nd the Cambridge Science Festivalwill be hosting a slew of activities centered around science. Featuring over 200 events this family festival isn’t short on hands-on activities. Each day there will be plenty of events catered toward both children and adults.


Whether you’re six, sixteen or sixty, the Cambridge Science Festival is an event for all ages, even adults. With events like a Robots and Beyond Mini Tour, Science Game Night for Families and 3D Printing and Design Workshop, there is bound to be something that everyone will find interesting.

Of course, we have to shout out to all the wonderful collaborators who will be bringing excitement to the festival. The collaborators include The MIT Museum, Harvard University, the City of Cambridge, Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Public Library and the Museum of Science.


Get ready to put on your walking shoes or hop on your bicycle as the Cambridge Science Festival takes place in all across the city. Because parking is limited in Cambridge, we recommend walking, cycling, or taking advantage of public transportation.

If you’d rather drive into Cambridge, we have a handy list of parking garages right here.

There is an app for everything and now there's an app to make parking easier. Residents and visitors can pay for metered parking using their mobile phone or web browser. The Passport app allows the users to skip standing in line at the meter and extending their parking time from any location.

Benefits of Passport Pay by Phone:

• Continuously monitor how much time is left in your parking session

• Get mobile alerts 10 minutes before parking expires

• Extend parking time from any location

All you need to do is enter the license plate number and zone number. Then, choose the length of your stay! Easy as pie.


Join the Cambridge Science Festival on April 13th until the 22nd. That’s 10 days packed with 200 events!


Because there are 200 events (Woo!), deciding on the perfect event to attend can feel a little overwhelming. That’s where we come in. Here are some of our Cambridge Science Festival picks.

Opening Night: The Continuing Education of Eugene Mirman

Cambridge Science Festival kicks off at the Harvard University Science Center with three very special guests. See comedian Eugene Mirman learn about cognitive neuroscience from MIT professor Rebecca Saxe. To make sure that Eugene stays on-task, journalist Anna Rothschild will ask questions that everyone (including Eugene) will learn from.

Kids, Teens, Adults: Creative Kinetic Sculptures

On April 16th from 12:00-4:00p, explore Creative Kinetic Sculptures at the MIT Museum. Participants will create wonderful works of art that are engineered to move with gears, cams, linkages, and pulleys.

Family Fun: Science Carnival and Robot Zoo

The Science Carnival & Robot Zoo will take place on April 14th from 12:00-4p. This family-friendly expo offers over 100 ways to explore, build and learn. At this event, you can play catch with a robot, launch rockets and even hold a brain in your hand.