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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.


Free First Thursdays at The Gardner MuseumBoston, $
Thu, January 6, 2022  -  Thu, December 1, 2022   
The Museum invites visitors to enjoy the Gardner with free admission on the first Thursday evening of every month from 3 pm through 9 pm.
Drop into Art at Danforth Art MuseumFramingham, Free
Sun, February 13, 2022  -  Sun, December 11, 2022   
Join us the second Sunday of each month for Danforth's Drop Into Art! Event takes place in Museum and Art School. Free family fun, culture and creativity!
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Boston By Little Feet Walking TourBoston, $
Sun, May 1, 2022  -  Fri, October 28, 2022   
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...
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ICA WatershedBoston, Free
Wed, May 25, 2022  -  Fri, October 7, 2022   
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...
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Free Thursday Nights at ICA BostonBoston, Free
Thu, May 26, 2022  -  Thu, December 29, 2022   
ICA, Boston is free for all visitors every Thursday from 5 - 9 pm during ICA Free Thursday Nights. And is always free for youth 17 and under.
WICKEDBoston, $$$
Wed, June 8, 2022  -  Sun, July 24, 2022   
From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story.
On the Edge: Los Angeles Art 1970s – 1990s from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family CWatertown, $
Thu, June 16, 2022  -  Wed, November 30, 2022   
JUNE 16 Opening of “On the Edge: Los Angeles Art 1970s – 1990s from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection.' 75+ artists including John Altoon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Gehry, Helmut Newton, Ed Ruscha, and Aram Saroyan.
DATMA Presents “SHELTER 2022–23”: Flexible Fibers + Sustainable SolutionsNew Bedford, Free
Thu, June 16, 2022  -  Mon, September 12, 2022   
Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA), the non-collecting contemporary art institute, and its partners will kick-off a city-wide, collaborative venture in New Bedford called “SHELTER 2022–23”.
DATMA Presents “SHELTER 2022–23”: Safe Station: New Bedford’s Underground RailroNew Bedford, Free
Thu, June 16, 2022  -  Mon, September 12, 2022   
Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA), the non-collecting contemporary art institute, and its partners will kick-off a city-wide, collaborative venture in New Bedford, MA, called “SHELTER 2022–23”.
DATMA Presents “SHELTER 2022–23”: Safe Harbor: Building the New Bedford HurricanNew Bedford, Free
Thu, June 16, 2022  -  Mon, September 12, 2022   
Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA), the non-collecting contemporary art institute, and its partners will kick-off a city-wide, collaborative venture in New Bedford, MA, called “SHELTER 2022–23”.
Free Town FridaysRhode Island, Free
Fri, June 17, 2022  -  Fri, September 2, 2022   
Every Friday from June 17th to September 2nd, we are offering free standard daytime admission for residents of specific towns near the Farm (see below).
Family Fun Saturdays at Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National HistCambridge
Sat, July 2, 2022  -  Mon, October 31, 2022   
Join us at Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site every Saturday from 10am-12pm for family friendly outdoor activities like painting with nature, archeology and story time with a Park Ranger!
Summer Performing Arts Camps for KidsCape Cod, $$
Tue, July 5, 2022  -  Sat, August 13, 2022   
EDUCATE. CREATE. INSPIRE! Arts Empowering Life presents Summer Performing Arts Camps for Kids at the new performing arts building in Brewster, MA (95 Southern Eagle Cartway). Join us July 5-August 13 for Kids from K-12
Bonsai Bar @ Trident Booksellers & CafeBoston, $$
Thu, July 7, 2022  -  Thu, July 7, 2022   
Grab your friends, grab a drink and come make Tiny Trees with us! We’re bringing the awesome art of bonsai out of the hedged in gardens and into the streets!
MassQ Ball 2022: OriginBoston, Free
Sat, July 9, 2022  -  Sat, July 9, 2022   
Join us at the Arnold Arboretum for an immersive, interactive, cross-cultural experience of the arts. Engage in ritual body decorating, rooted in ancient traditions, and enjoy performances and artwork by Boston cultural artists
Circle Round Book Launch PartyBoston, $
Sat, July 9, 2022  -  Sat, July 9, 2022   
Join the Circle Round team to celebrate the launch of their first two illustrated books: 'The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest' and 'A Taste of Honey.'
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller: Storytelling SculptureFramingham, $
Sun, July 10, 2022  -  Sun, July 10, 2022   
Visiting scholar Dr. Catherine Hahn from the University of Kent, England will talk about Fuller's sculptures' influences both past and present, and who in turn influenced her works and themes!
Expression+ConnectionMedfield, Free
Fri, July 15, 2022  -  Fri, July 15, 2022   
In response to national events, the Bellforge Arts Center is creating a temporary art installation called Expression+Connection to showcase the thoughts and feelings of residents through a creative lens.
The Crossword Show with Zach SherwinBoston, $
Sat, July 16, 2022  -  Sat, July 16, 2022   
The Crossword Show returns to stages for the first time since a sold-out run in March 2020 with a brand-new puzzle, amazing guest solvers, and the usual mind-bending array of comedy, music, wordplay, and trivia.
Summer SurpriseLexington, Free
Sat, July 16, 2022  -  Sun, August 7, 2022   
Summer Surprise! NESA members-only sculpture exhibition at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Gallery. Exhibition Dates July 16 through August 7 Opening Reception July 17 2pm to 4pm. Open six days a week.
Boston Landmarks Orchestra: TELLING TALESBoston, Free
Wed, July 20, 2022  -  Wed, July 20, 2022   
Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents a free series of family-friendly concerts at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell this summer. Programming this summer celebrates a dazzling array of composers and music!
Boston Landmarks Orchestra: SWEET SORROWBoston, Free
Wed, July 27, 2022  -  Wed, July 27, 2022   
Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents a free series of family-friendly concerts at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell this summer. Programming this summer celebrates a dazzling array of composers and music!
The Amazing Acro-Cats Astound Arlington!Arlington, $$
Fri, July 29, 2022  -  Sat, July 30, 2022   
Come see your favorite felines live and in purrson! The Amazing AcroCats, featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats, are a traveling troupe of trained cats.
Endless Summer of Endless ColorsMedfield, $$$
Thu, August 4, 2022  -  Thu, August 4, 2022   
An immersive, colorful experience with art, music, food, and lights in support of the Bellforge Arts Center on the historic grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital.
Stay N Play Children's Museum - FREE FRIDAYBridgewater, Free
Fri, August 26, 2022  -  Fri, August 26, 2022   
Come check out the new Bridgewater children's museum for free! Come play for free before our official launch on Sept 5th! Average time spent at the museum is 2 hours
The Obama Portraits TourBoston, $
Sat, September 3, 2022  -  Sun, October 30, 2022   
The acclaimed portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama come to the MFA on the final stop of their national tour
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(ähts) The Boston Arts Festival 2022Boston, Free
Sat, September 10, 2022  -  Sun, September 11, 2022   
Affectionately dubbed ähts, The Boston Arts Festival features more than three dozen juried visual artists showing and selling original paintings, sculpture, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, photography, and mixed...
Power of Passionistas SummitVirtual/Online, $$$
Wed, September 21, 2022  -  Fri, September 23, 2022   
This Event focuses on the power of women changing the world. A unique gathering of intersectional storytellers and panelists pose solutions to the problems plaguing women today.
King's Chapel Art & Architecture Tours (Winter Hours)Boston, $$
Tue, November 1, 2022  -  Thu, March 31, 2022   
Explore the sanctuary from new perspectives, focusing on themes of continuity and change throughout King's Chapel's 332 year history! On this tour, guests explore both floors of the sanctuary to experience the stories the building itself can tell us about the church's...
Boston Bhangra Competition 2022Boston, $$
Sat, December 3, 2022  -  Sat, December 3, 2022   
Come to the annual Boston Bhangra Competition. Check out some of the most explosive dancing you will see all year! Team from all over North America will be there!
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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