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Scene at MIT: A lively Winter Family Day

Cambridge families and friends filled the Kendall/MIT Open Space at Winter Family Day.
A four legged robot on an outdoor stage with spectators in the background
At Winter Family Day, a robot dog demo was led by the NSF Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions.
Photo: Jake Belcher

During the chilly last weekend of February, families around Cambridge, Massachusetts, enjoyed a fun-filled day in the Kendall/MIT Open Space. Winter Family Day included a range of family-friendly activities for attendees of all ages. With an estimated 1,500 attendees, the event was MIT Open Space Programming’s largest program to date.

Collaborators across the Institute and from MIT’s host city of Cambridge contributed to the event’s success. MIT groups included MIT Lion Dance, Lemelson-MIT, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Kitchen Matters, NSF Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions, and the MIT Dance Mix Coalition, which includes MIT student DJs.

From in and around Cambridge, Science Club for Girls, Cambridge Community Television (CCTV), MathTalk, and dance educator Lonnie Stanton of The Click shared their expertise with interactive activities and performances. The Kendall Square Association also helped spread the word about the event. 

Free events and activities like Winter Family Day run throughout the year in the Kendall/MIT Open Space and are designed to engage the MIT, Cambridge, and Kendall Square communities. Warm, quirky, and playful, these programs create connections and energize the space in creative and enduring ways.

Three children doing a hands-on activity on a table with an adult helping
Science Club for Girls leads a “Paper Circuit Snowpeople” activity.
Photo: Jake Belcher

Performer in bright red Chinese-style lion costume on outdoor stage
The MIT Lion Dance team performs in the Kendall/MIT Open Space.
Photo: Jake Belcher

Children dancing with hula hoops on an outdoor stage
Dance educator Lonnie Stanton leads a movement workshop for families.
Photo: Jake Belcher

Four presenters stand behind three tables with cooking supplies in an auditorium
The Kitchen Matters team leads a live cooking show about the “Science of Marshmallow.”
Photo: Jake Belcher

A graduate student and child high-five across a table; water and craft materials in the background
Celebrating after participating in the “Build a Phytoplankter” activity, which was presented in collaboration with the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Lemelson-MIT Program.
Photo: Jake Belcher

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