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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
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.
Face to Face: Portraits of Museum Animals by Jana MatuszCambridge, $
Sat, March 14, 2020  -  Sun, June 21, 2020   
What if museum animals were suddenly to come to life? Jana Matusz, an accomplished Massachusetts-based painter and founding sketching facilitator volunteer with the museum, has explored this with expressive prints, based on original paintings.
MFA Late NitesBoston
Fri, April 3, 2020  -  Sat, April 4, 2020   
MFA Late Nites returns in April! Come for the first chance to see “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation.” A night of art, food, music, and fun!
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CANCELLED: Smithsonian Museum Day Live! 2020Boston, Free
Sat, April 4, 2020   
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!
Spiritualism and EspiritismoFitchburg, $
Sun, April 5, 2020   
Learn about the historical roots of Spiritualism and Espiritismo and their contemporary manifestations with scholars Susan Aberth and Jason Baumann Montilla, artist Julie K. Gray, and Spiritualist and Certified Medium Sirry Berndsen.
JCC April & Passover School Vacation CampNewton, $$
Mon, April 13, 2020  -  Fri, April 24, 2020   
Worrying about what to do during school vacation? JCC School Vacation Camp runs during the weeklong breaks for April and Passover vacation. Register at bostonjcc.org/schoolvacations.
April Vacation Art Camp - AustraliaLexington
Mon, April 20, 2020  -  Fri, April 24, 2020   
Campers will work both independently and as a group to create art that is inspired by Australia’s culture. We will look at the many styles of art that have developed there over the centuries.
Green Week April Vacation WeekConcord, $$$
Tue, April 21, 2020  -  Fri, April 24, 2020   
Students have the opportunity to work in the mediums of Drawing & Painting, 2D and 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Performing Arts, Art & Nature, Woodworking/Workshop, and More!
Hidden TreasuresFitchburg, Free
Thu, April 23, 2020   
Explore exhibited artwork with a FREE specialized art appreciation program for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia and their caregivers. Take a guided tour of our Art in Bloom event and enjoy refreshments.
Art In BloomFitchburg
Thu, April 23, 2020  -  Sun, April 26, 2020   
For four days, FAM features 40 flower arrangements created by local florists, garden clubs, and individuals interpreting the art in our galleries. Includes champagne reception on the 24th from 6-8 PM.
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CANCELLED: ArtWeek 2020Boston, Free
Fri, May 1, 2020  -  Sun, May 10, 2020   
Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek has become an annual award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences across the state.
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CANCELLED: Art in Bloom at the MFA Boston 2020Boston, Free
Sat, May 2, 2020  -  Mon, May 4, 2020   
Enjoy exquisite art from across the MFA’s collection paired with magnificent floral interpretations created by New England-area garden clubs. Professional designers delight with creative designs in Museum entrances and...
Hidden TreasuresFitchburg, Free
Thu, May 14, 2020   
Explore our exhibited artwork with a FREE specialized art appreciation program for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia and their caregivers. Take a guided tour of Scenes in Circulation: Winslow Homer’s America.
Memorials and MemoryFitchburg, $
Sun, May 17, 2020   
A conversation on memorials and memory with artist Keith Morris Washington in FAM’s galleries and a walking tour with the Friends of the Fitchburg Abolitionist Park to sites in Fitchburg.
52nd Annual Memorial Day Weekend PowwowCentral Mass, $
Sat, May 23, 2020  -  Sun, May 24, 2020   
The 52nd Annual AIS Memorial Day Weekend Powwow features dancing, drumming, kids' events, vendors, crafts, and educational sessions. Overnight camping is available to powwow participants.
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...
Mt. Auburn Hospital Presents Pink Pages to Benefit The Hoffman Breast CenterCambridge, $$$$
Mon, June 1, 2020  -  Mon, June 1, 2020   
Mount Auburn Hospital presents Pink Pages, an evening featuring renowned author Alice Hoffman to benefit the hospital’s Hoffman Breast Center on Monday, June 1 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge.
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.
Brown Box Theatre Project Presents MOX NOX - Free Outdoor PerformanceEaston, Free
Fri, June 5, 2020  -  Fri, June 5, 2020   
A new work by playwright Patrick Gabridge, touring to 4, free, outdoor Massachusetts locations Spring 2020. In a world of rising water, two sisters battle for higher ground.
Brown Box Theatre Project Presents MOX NOX - Free Outdoor PerformanceMassachusetts, Free
Sat, June 6, 2020  -  Sat, June 6, 2020   
A new work by Patrick Gabridge, touring to 4, free, outdoor Massachusetts locations Spring 2020. In a world of rising water, two sisters battle for higher ground.
Brown Box Theatre Project Presents MOX NOX - Free Outdoor PerformanceMassachusetts, Free
Sun, June 7, 2020  -  Sun, June 7, 2020   
A new work by Patrick Gabridge, touring to 4, free, outdoor Massachusetts locations Spring 2020. In a world of rising water, two sisters battle for higher ground.
Messages to the BeyondFitchburg, $
Sun, June 7, 2020   
A closing ceremony of After Spiritualism: Loss and Transcendence in Contemporary Art and conversation with the curators on the exhibit and a ritual of visitors' written messages to the beyond.
Hidden TreasuresFitchburg, Free
Thu, June 11, 2020   
Come explore our art exhibits with a FREE specialized art appreciation program for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia as well as their caregivers.
Brown Box Theatre Project Presents MOX NOX - Free Outdoor PerformanceAllston, Free
Fri, June 12, 2020  -  Sun, June 14, 2020   
A new work by Patrick Gabridge, touring to 4, free, outdoor Massachusetts locations Spring 2020. In a world of rising water, two sisters battle for higher ground.
Audrain Concours & Motor WeekRhode Island
Thu, October 1, 2020  -  Sun, October 4, 2020   
The Audrain Concours & Motor Week is a world class event that brings the best of the motoring world to the renowned City by the Sea.
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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