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Boston Arts & Cultural Events for Kids and Families

Calendar of family and kids events that involve cultural arts activities, happening near Boston.

SoWa First FridaysBoston, Free
Tue, January 1, 2019  -  Tue, December 31, 2019   
On the First Friday of every month, the artists, galleries, shops & restaurants of the SoWa Art & Design District open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture and inspiration.
Art_Latin_America: Against the SurveyWellesley, Free
Thu, February 7, 2019  -  Sun, June 9, 2019   
Art_Latin_America​ highlights works of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art in the permanent collection of the Davis Museum, formed over the past twenty+ years.
Dance Saturdays at the SanctuaryCambridge, $$
Sat, March 16, 2019  -  Sat, May 25, 2019   
Dance Saturdays is a new 10 event series, showcasing local, culturally diverse dance groups along with music, visual arts, and food for an immersive dance celebration.
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Gender Bending Fashion at the MFABoston
Thu, March 21, 2019  -  Sun, August 25, 2019   
“Gender Bending Fashion” examines a rich history of fashion disrupting, blurring, and redefining conventions and expectations around the relationship between gender and dress.
MFA PlaydatesBoston, $
Mon, April 1, 2019  -  Sat, June 15, 2019   
On the last Friday of every month, bring your toddler to enjoy a special drop-in, read-aloud story time, followed by a short art tour that both kids and adults are sure to enjoy.
King's Chapel Art & Architecture toursBoston, $$
Mon, April 1, 2019  -  Wed, October 30, 2019   
Explore the sanctuary from new perspectives, focusing on themes of continuity and change throughout King's Chapel's 332 year history! On this tour, guests explore both floors of the sanctuary to experience the stories the building itself can tell us about the church's...
Showa Friendship Circle: A Cultural Exchange ProgramBoston
Wed, May 1, 2019  -  Sat, July 13, 2019   
The Showa Friendship Circle is a cultural exchange program. Join and get your family connected to Japanese culture and international exchange. Start this new adventure this spring!
Boston By Little Feet Walking TourBoston, $
Sun, May 5, 2019  -  Mon, October 28, 2019   
This child's-eye view of the Freedom Trail's architecture and history is especially designed for young walkers from ages 6-12 years of age. Children will experience the historical sites that played key roles in American independence.
Winning Posters! Celebrating 25 Years at International Poster GalleryBoston, Free
Fri, May 10, 2019  -  Fri, June 21, 2019   
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of International Poster Gallery, Founder and President, Jim Lapides has curated Winning Posters, a selection of fifty posters that represent the gallery’s diverse specialties.
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ICA WatershedBoston, Free
Sun, May 26, 2019  -  Mon, October 7, 2019   
Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston, the ICA Watershed transforms a 15,000-square-foot, formerly condemned space into a new civic and cultural asset. This exciting new cross-harbor...
Memorial Day Open House: Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)Boston, Free
Mon, May 27, 2019   
Celebrate Memorial Day at the Museum of Fine Arts and visit the Museum for a fun-filled day of vibrant activities your whole family will enjoy. Join us for a day of celebration with free general admission for all, including drop in art activities for all ages.
ICA Free Admission - Memorial DayBoston, Free
Mon, May 27, 2019  -  Mon, May 27, 2019   
In honor of Memorial Day the ICA is offering FREE admission for all on Memorial Day. Peruse four outstanding exhibitions as well as an interactive art studio where you can create your own flying fish creatures.
Exhibition Opening: Balancing ActBoston, Free
Thu, May 30, 2019   
Don’t miss the opening reception for Balancing Act: Urbanism & Emerging Technologies. This special event is an opportunity to explore the exhibition with the curators while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
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Cambridge Arts River Festival 2019Cambridge, Free
Sat, June 1, 2019   
Cambridge Arts River Festival is a free arts festival that is over 35 years old. We host 5 stages, 150 arts vendors, 50+ local food purveyors, interactive art displays and community tables.
Fundraiser for Autism Speaks at Bilingual Montessori School of SharonSharon, Free
Sat, June 1, 2019  -  Sat, June 1, 2019   
Fundraiser and recital features Boston Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell and autism advocates and arts & cultural performances by young students of the school to benefit Autism Speaks
Free Admission Day @ The Russian Museum of IconsClinton, Free
Sun, June 2, 2019  -  Sun, June 2, 2019   
On the first Sunday of every month, come enjoy free admission to the Museum of Russian Icons the whole day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation.
First Sunday, Museum of Russian IconsClinton, Free
Sun, June 2, 2019  -  Sun, June 2, 2019   
On the first Sunday of every month, come enjoy free admission to the Museum of Russian Icons the whole day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation.
Free First ThursdayFitchburg, Free
Thu, June 6, 2019  -  Thu, June 6, 2019   
Create and explore at Fitchburg Art Museum’s Free First Thursday. Enjoy special art tours, shopping at the Fitchburg Farmers Market, and art-making activities. Free for all ages. Join us!
Salem Arts Festival 2019Salem, Free
Fri, June 7, 2019  -  Sun, June 9, 2019   
For three days each June, this free, fun family-friendly festival transforms downtown Salem, MA, into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase their talents.
SoWa First FridaySouth End, Free
Fri, June 7, 2019  -  Fri, June 7, 2019   
Visit SoWa First Friday at 450 Harrison Avenue in the SoWa Art + Design District in Boston, free and open to the public! You're invited into artists' studios to see and experience original contemporary art.
South Shore Art Center 64th Arts FestivalCohasset, Free
Fri, June 14, 2019  -  Sun, June 16, 2019   
This time-honored event features juried arts and crafts exhibits by young artists, a children`s art activity tent, live music, food court and more.
Take it to the Curator ProgramClinton, $$
Fri, June 14, 2019  -  Fri, June 14, 2019   
Take it to the Curator is an icon assessment program provided by the Museum of Russian Icons curatorial staff. Prices are $20 per object, limit four objects per 20-minute time slot. Registration is required.
IN.FORM Fashion ShowDorchester, $$
Fri, June 14, 2019  -  Fri, June 14, 2019   
IN.FORM, our inaugural fashion show showcases over 60 looks designed and fabricated by all four grade levels of the Boston Arts Academy Fashion Technology program.
Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter FansBoston, $
Sun, June 16, 2019  -  Sun, June 16, 2019   
Join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed family scavenger hunt at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston! It’s a fun new way to explore the museum.
Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter FansBoston, $
Sun, June 16, 2019  -  Sun, June 16, 2019   
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a scavenger hunt at the Museum of Fine Arts in search of art that echoes the characters, objects and places in the Harry Potter books and movies.
42nd Annual Topic PowWowRaynham, $
Sat, June 22, 2019  -  Sat, June 22, 2019   
The Order for the Preservation of Indian Culture presents its 42nd annual Pow Wow: A celebration of Native American culture with crafts, music, and dancing!
Danforth Art School Summer Arts 2019: What's the Story?Framingham
Mon, June 24, 2019  -  Fri, August 23, 2019   
Weekly, full day, fine art program for children and teens. Students enjoy weekly themes, tour the museum, exhibit their work each Friday, and go home with a portfolio of artwork.
2019 Mural Project at Underground Ink BlockBoston, Free
Mon, June 24, 2019  -  Sat, June 29, 2019   
Following the success of the inaugural 9 mural installation 2 years ago, the Underground Mural Project 2019 will bring 7 additional murals to the park this summer.
Summer WindsNew Bedford, Free
Mon, July 1, 2019  -  Mon, September 30, 2019   
The Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA) Launch Brings World-Renowned Art, Design, and Technology to Southcoast Massachusetts alongside premier art installation of “Silver Current”.
Time Travelers / Viajeros en el TiempoCambridge
Mon, July 8, 2019  -  Fri, July 12, 2019   
Students will explore the daily life of the Maya and Aztec people through hands-on activities and art. Learn about hieroglyphs, food, music, ancient games, traditions like Day of the Dead, and a bit of Spanish.
New Horizon7 Locations, $$
Fri, July 12, 2019  -  Sun, July 28, 2019   
In July 2019 Doug Aitken will present NEW HORIZON, a multifaceted art event centered around a stunning reflective hot air balloon and gondola that challenges the notion of art in the 21st-century.
Survivor! Summer Science WeekCambridge
Mon, July 22, 2019  -  Fri, July 26, 2019   
Students will experiment with “primary technologies” used by early peoples of North America. In our hands-on lab, museum galleries, and outdoors, students will learn leatherworking, paint making, grinding and winnowing, and more.
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(ähts) The Boston Arts Festival 2019Boston, Free
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
Affectionately dubbed ähts, The Boston Arts Festival features more than three dozen juried visual artists showing and selling original paintings, sculpture, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, photography, and mixed...
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Smithsonian Museum Day Live! 2019Boston, Free
Sat, September 21, 2019   
For one day only, museums across the country will join the Smithsonian Institution in its long-standing tradition of offering free admission to visitors. Check out a new museum or an old favorite and enjoy the day!
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Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment 2019Boston, $$
Mon, December 16, 2019  -  Mon, December 16, 2019   
The Annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment is a chance for the public to join in on one of Boston’s most iconic protests. Re-enactors from across New England come together to tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and...
Pacific Islands Family DayFitchburg, Free
Mon, May 19, 2031  -  Mon, May 19, 2031   
Travel to the Pacific Islands through art projects, a dance performance, and live animals at Fitchburg Art Museum. FREE for everyone. We hope you can join us!

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