ParkSCIENCE festival set to splash at Jamaica Pond on June 8

6/5/2014, 8:15 a.m.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkSCIENCE program will host a children’s science festival on Sunday, June 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse in Jamaica Plain. The festival provides an entertaining way for people to gather and celebrate summer on the shores of the “jewel of the Emerald Necklace.”

Families can partake in science-related activities presented by Science on the Street, the New England Aquarium Traveling Tide Pool, the Inventor Mentor, and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Activities will include bottle rocket and bubble experiments and refreshments will be provided by Polar Beverages.

Discounted sailboat rides are being offered courtesy of Courageous Sailing, professional actor-puppeteer Charlotte Anne Dore of Rosalita’s Puppets will present a whimsical puppet show, and children can visit a facepainter. In addition, the Boston Public Library will give away books and provide information about the “Read Your Way to Fenway” summer reading contest.

ParkSCIENCE, a series of educational workshops presented in City of Boston parks, is designed to teach children that science is fun and can be experienced everywhere around them. Interactive experiments and demonstrations challenge children’s cognitive skills and invite them to ask questions, hypothesize, gather and weigh evidence, and then draw conclusions.

For more information, contact the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505 or online at Facebook and Twitter @bostonparksdept.