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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.
401 Park Art Unveiling & Community DayBoston
Mon, June 3, 2019  -  Sun, June 3, 2029   
Celebrate the unveiling of 401 Park's large-scale outdoor installation 'Grouping of Works from Fountain' by celebrated contemporary artist, Nicole Eisenman. View the work, participate in art activities for the whole family, and enjoy food and drink.
'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.
Great Bear Rainforest at the Museum of ScienceBoston, $
Fri, July 5, 2019  -  Tue, December 31, 2019   
Experience one of the planet’s most diverse wildernesses – Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest – with the new giant-screen documentary at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science!
Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s HorizonsWellesley, $
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
Join the Davis Museum at Wellesley College as we present Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons, a major solo exhibition that investigates history, technology, and the home.
Kanishka Raja: I and IWellesley, Free
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
Kanishka Raja: I and I transforms a hybrid inheritance—an urban Indian childhood, familial roots in textile manufacture and clothing design, liberal arts and studio education in the US—into ravishingly patterned and painted work.
Recent Acquisitions: New Photographs: Haley Morris-Cafiero and Habiba NowroseWellesley, Free
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
In the 1970s, the institutionalization and historicization of photography began. Since then, the Davis Museum has stewarded and grown a robust photography collection that represents a range of approaches, uses, and interpretations of the medium.
Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a PaintingWellesley, Free
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
A mysterious 16th century Venetian Sacra Conversazione featuring the holy family with a donor and saints Sebastian and Catherine was recently donated to the Davis Museum.
Windows Invitational: Alexandria Smith: Seed to HarvestWellesley, Free
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
The Windows Invitational engages artists in transforming the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that articulate the lobby and courtyard plaza of our signature Rafael Moneo building. The third commission in the series is by Alexandria Smith.
The Remarkable Nature of Edward LearCambridge, Free
Today  -  Thu, November 21, 2019   
Robert McCracken Peck will discuss the remarkable life and natural history paintings of this beloved children’s writer, who mysteriously abandoned his scientific work soon after achieving preeminence in the field.
The Rum Cooperative Volume Two: Tasting with Will & Dave WillisBoston, Free
Fri, November 22, 2019  -  Fri, November 22, 2019   
Join Bully Boy Distillers’ co-founders Will and Dave Willis for a bully good time tasting The Rum Cooperative Volume Two, the latest spirit in their innovative Rum Cooperative lineup!
Boston Bhangra Competition 2019Boston, $$
Sat, November 23, 2019  -  Sat, November 23, 2019   
Come to the 16th annual Boston Bhangra Competition. Check out some of the most explosive dancing you will see all year! Team from all over North America will be there!
Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter FansBoston, $
Sat, November 23, 2019  -  Sat, November 23, 2019   
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a scavenger hunt at the Museum of Fine Arts in search of art that echoes the characters, objects and places in the Harry Potter books and movies.
Oliver! MusicalWatertown, $$
Fri, November 29, 2019  -  Sun, December 29, 2019   
The cherished family musical based on Charles Dickens’ famous novel, Oliver Twist. Book, music and lyrics by LIONEL BART and directed by Michael J. Bobbitt
Free First Thursday - DecemberFitchburg, Free
Thu, December 5, 2019  -  Thu, December 5, 2019   
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.
Russian Holiday Tree Traditions & Soviet New Year’s OrnamentsClinton, $
Sat, December 7, 2019  -  Sat, December 7, 2019   
A tree lighting & talk by Masha Goncharova from St. Petersburg, Russia, with tea and refreshments. Join us for the first glimpse of a traditional Russian New Year’s tree, decorated by designer Masha Goncharova.
Gorse Mill Studios 11th Annual Holiday Open HouseNeedham, $
Sat, December 7, 2019  -  Sun, December 8, 2019   
Visit over 25 artists working in a variety of media, see demonstrations and purchase their work. Listen to stories by the artists at 5 pm on Saturday
Sensory-Friendly SundaysCharlestown, $
Sun, December 8, 2019  -  Sun, December 8, 2019   
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.
Judaic Art ExhibitNewton, Free
Sun, December 8, 2019  -  Sun, December 8, 2019   
Beth Menachem Chabad presents Judaic Art Exhibit by the Leviim Art Gallery. Special presentation by Gallery curator, Moshe Frank, Fine Kosher wine tasting, free admission
Women of Wayland Podcast SocialWayland, Free
Thu, December 12, 2019  -  Thu, December 12, 2019   
This event will focus on bringing people to get to know our podcast and also interact with the speakers who have been on the episodes.
Cultural Survival BazaarCambridge, Free
Sat, December 14, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
Enjoy demonstrations by artists, Indigenous cuisine, and live music from around the world. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exchange, connect, and build great community
The Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan and Santa Visit Franklin Park ZooBoston
Sat, December 14, 2019  -  Sat, December 14, 2019   
The Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan is coming to Franklin Park Zoo! Look for the festive truck as it brings Santa to the Zoo on Saturday, December 14.
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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...
Free First Thursday - JanuaryFitchburg, Free
Thu, January 2, 2020  -  Thu, January 2, 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.
Closing Tour of Labored Landscapes and Earth WaresFitchburg
Sun, January 12, 2020  -  Sun, January 12, 2020   
Take a guided tour of the special exhibitions Daniela Rivera: Labored Landscapes (where hand meets ground) and David Katz: Earth Wares on the closing day.
Sensory-Friendly SundaysCharlestown, $
Sun, January 12, 2020  -  Sun, January 12, 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.
A Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Boston, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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