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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.

'Growth Rings' by Oscar Tuazon June 28 2019 through Spring 2020Boston, Free
Fri, June 28, 2019  -  Sun, March 15, 2020   
Growth Rings recognizes our interconnectivity with trees, celebrates the cycles of life, and seeks to foster harmony in our contemporary urban landscape in Central Wharf Park.
SoWa First FridaysBoston, Free
Wed, January 1, 2020  -  Thu, December 31, 2020   
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.
Drawn from Within 2020Cambridge, Free
Mon, January 6, 2020  -  Fri, January 24, 2020   
Agassiz Baldwin Community is mounting its fifth annual all-agency exhibition in which employees—including teachers, accountants, administrative assistants, program directors and professional artists—display their artistic endeavors.
Exhibition: A Change in AtmosphereConcord, Free
Thu, January 9, 2020  -  Sun, February 16, 2020   
A group ceramic art exhibition celebrating contemporary atmospheric firing of New England, juried by Trevor Youngberg. A Change in Atmosphere is a juried group exhibition.
Gateway Makers ExhibitionBrookline, Free
Tue, January 14, 2020  -  Sat, March 14, 2020   
An exhibition of artistically innovative objects, celebrating Gateway artists as part of the Maker Movement. Gateway Arts is a non-profit studio art center supporting adult artists with disabilities.
Belmont World Film's Family FestivalArlington, $
Fri, January 17, 2020  -  Mon, January 20, 2020   
Film festival geared to children age 2-12, featuring some of the world’s most amazing animated, live action, and documentary films, animation workshops, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Storytime.
Peabody Essex Museum - Open with Free Admission MLK WeekendSalem, $
Sat, January 18, 2020  -  Tue, January 21, 2020   
Celebrate PEM's new exhibit, Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle, a collection by one of the best known African-American artist of the 20th century. PEM will be open for free all weekend in honor of MLK Jr.
January Salon and Exhibition at the W GalleryWayland
Today  -  Sun, January 19, 2020   
Our January exhibit consists of works from 11 talented regional artists, ranging from realistic photographs and paintings to impressionistic landscapes, and purely abstract paintings and collages.
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Celebrate O-Shogatsu - Japanese New YearBoston, $$
Today  -  Sun, January 19, 2020   
Dance with Taiko drumming beats, pound Mochi sticky rice, parade with Shishi the lion, & relax with Chado the tea ceremony! Try Koma spinning tops, Fuku-warai lucky laugh game, Origami and more! OSHOGATSU (New Year) is...
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Malden Lunar New Year Celebration / Chinese New YearMalden, Free
2020 Malden Lunar New Year Celebration For The Year of the Mouse. Enjoy Lion Dance, Music, Dance, Lantern Riddles, Arts, crafts and Chinese calligraphy and various activities for children.
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MLK Day Open House at Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)Boston, Free
Mon, January 20, 2020   
The Museum opens its doors on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate his legacy. Join us for a day of celebration with free general admission for all. Highlights include films, art activities, and performances.
Annual Commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Boston, Free
Mon, January 20, 2020  -  Mon, January 20, 2020   
Join us on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 12pm for the City of Boston and Boston University's 48th Commemoration of alumnus Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
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Celebrate! with Benkadi Drum and DanceDorchester, Free
Mon, January 20, 2020  -  Mon, January 20, 2020   
Join us for a celebration of African-American Heritage Month as the multicultural Benkadi Drum and Dance group performs traditional rhythms and movement from the countries of Mali and Guinea.
A Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the BSYOBoston, Free
Mon, January 20, 2020  -  Mon, January 20, 2020   
Join the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Museum of African American History, and distinguished leaders who will evoke the power and promise of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a spoken word performance and concert.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, admission to Franklin Park & Stone ZooBoston
Mon, January 20, 2020  -  Mon, January 20, 2020   
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo will offer free admission on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Come see amazing animals!
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Children of the World Doll making WorkshopArlington, $
Tue, January 21, 2020  -  Tue, January 21, 2020   
MLK Weekend - We are all immigrants, and this special project honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by creating dolls from different cultures.
Showstoppers at JCC Greater BostonNewton
Sun, January 26, 2020  -  Sun, May 3, 2020   
Showstoppers registration is filling up for our winter program! Sign your drama enthusiast up for a winter and spring season of theater fun. This year's show? Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
Tinkering With Toys: Dress Your Stuffed PetActon, $
Tue, January 28, 2020  -  Tue, January 28, 2020   
Bring a stuffed animal from home to the Museum today. You can use your imagination and a variety of creative materials to design and construct a special costume for your furry friend.
Sketching the Dynamic Form- An Evening with Janet ParkWayland
Wed, January 29, 2020  -  Wed, January 29, 2020   
This is a unique opportunity for Member Artists to sketch using their preferred media - charcoal, pastel, paint - as renowned performance artist Janet Park moves and poses in expressive and beautiful ways.
Medusa: Reclaiming the MythCambridge, $
Thu, January 30, 2020  -  Thu, January 30, 2020   
After a sold-out run as part of the Museum's Summer Thursdays, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? return to the Charles Hayden Planetarium for a one-night-only encore of Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth!
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Lunar New Year Celebration at Boston Children's MuseumBoston, Free
Fri, January 31, 2020  -  Sun, February 2, 2020   
Ring in the Year of the Dog with a visit to the Boston Children's Museum. explore how communities in Boston celebrate the Lunar New Year through dance, games, and art with a focus on Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese...
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Lunar New Year Celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)Boston, Free
Sat, February 1, 2020  -  Sat, February 1, 2020   
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to celebrate Lunar New Year! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day.
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Boston Korean Traditional Dance Group Lunar New Year PerformanceBoston, $$
Sat, February 1, 2020   
Join us for a special performance from the Boston Korean Traditional Dance Group as part of our Lunar New Year celebration!
Lunar New Year Dumpling WorkshopsBoston, Free
Sun, February 2, 2020   
Learn how to make, fold, shape, and cook dumplings with BCNC community member Forra Yu. Dumplings are a popular Chinese dish for the new year.
First Sunday at MORI, FebruaryClinton, Free
Sun, February 2, 2020  -  Sun, February 2, 2020   
Come in from the cold for free admission all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation. Take a look at our permanent collection and stop by for tea and Russian treats in our tearoom!
Free First Thursday - FebruaryFitchburg, Free
Thu, February 6, 2020  -  Thu, February 6, 2020   
Explore the galleries at night and see them in a different light. Enjoy free admission and exhibition tours. Each month features a special activity or event. Shop at the Fitchburg Farmers Market starting in November.
Take it to the CuratorClinton, $$
Fri, February 7, 2020  -  Fri, February 7, 2020   
Want to know more about your icon? Bring your objects in for an assessment clinic provided by the members of the Museum’s curatorial team.
SoWa First FridaySouth End, Free
Fri, February 7, 2020  -  Fri, February 7, 2020   
Don't hibernate, circulate instead! The artists of SoWa Artists Guild always give a warm welcome to everyone who come to see the best original contemporary art in Boston.
Opening Reception for After Spiritualism: Loss and TranscendenceFitchburg
Sat, February 8, 2020  -  Sat, February 8, 2020   
This exhibition will use the history of Spiritualism in New England as inspiration to consider mourning and transcendence in contemporary art. This event is the opening reception open to all for this show.
Sensory-Friendly SundaysCharlestown, $
Sun, February 9, 2020  -  Sun, February 9, 2020   
Join us on the 2nd Sunday of the month (November through March) for sensory-friendly mornings at the USS Constitution Museum! Open to visitors of all ages.
South Asian Showdown - Best Bollywood/Fusion Dance CompetitionBoston, $
Sun, February 9, 2020  -  Sun, February 9, 2020   
Come watch the best bollywood/fusion dance teams from North America compete to be crowned the South Asian Showdown Champions! This is the fastest growing form of dance in the world! Don't miss it!
Tanglewood Marionettes Presents The Dragon KingNewton, $
Thu, February 20, 2020  -  Thu, February 20, 2020   
Mark your calendars now for the chance to see a spectacular production of the classic story The Dragon King on Thursday, February 20th, 11am and 1pm. Tickets are on sale now at www.newtonmarec.com.
Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter FansBoston, $
Sat, February 22, 2020  -  Sat, February 22, 2020   
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.
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Tet In Boston Day Festival 2020 - Vietnamese New Years 2020Boston, $
Wed, February 26, 2020   
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with cultural dances, children’s games, and plenty of merriment! Come join us as we host our 31st Tet in Boston Festival!
First Sunday at MORI, MarchClinton, Free
Sun, March 1, 2020  -  Sun, March 1, 2020   
Come in from the cold for free admission all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation. Take a look at our permanent collection and stop by for tea and Russian treats in our tearoom!
Sensory-Friendly SundaysCharlestown, $
Sun, March 8, 2020  -  Sun, March 8, 2020   
Join us on the 2nd Sunday of the month (November through March) for sensory-friendly mornings at the USS Constitution Museum! Open to visitors of all ages.
Exhibition Opening Atomic Alert!Clinton, $$
Thu, March 19, 2020  -  Thu, March 19, 2020   
Dust off your best “Mad Men” outfit and join us for martinis, manhattans, and all things Cold War. Please RSVP by Sunday, March 15, so we know how much Spam to purchase!
Artist Lecture and Exhibition Opening Reception Pysanka: Symbol of RenewalClinton, $
Sat, March 21, 2020  -  Sat, March 21, 2020   
Artist Lesia Sochor presents her exhibition Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal, on view March 21 – August 2, 2020. Registration required by Tuesday, March 17 The paintings of Lesia Sochor are narratives told in paint prompted by personal experiences.
Israel Folkdance Festival of BostonCambridge
Sun, March 22, 2020  -  Sun, March 22, 2020   
The Israel Folkdance Festival is a wonderful afternoon of Israeli & Jewish dance suitable for all. Dance groups from Boston and beyond will perform & then join together in a fabulous finale
Memorial Day Open House: Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)Boston, Free
Mon, May 25, 2020   
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.
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ICA WatershedBoston, Free
Mon, May 25, 2020  -  Mon, August 31, 2020   
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...
Salem Arts Festival 2020Salem, Free
Fri, June 5, 2020  -  Sun, June 7, 2020   
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.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the MFA (Fall Open House)Boston, Free
Mon, October 12, 2020  -  Mon, October 12, 2020   
Enjoy free admission and special events at the Museum of Fine Arts for Indigenous Peoples’ Day—and the Fenway Alliance’s 18th annual Opening Our Doors Day.
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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