MFA Boston: Vacation Week Adventures

Museum of Fine Arts Children's Vacation Activities

Collaborate and Create!

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), invites families to meet and make art together with other families. Artists have always collaborated for inspiration and to create art. Along with art making, enjoy a dance performance, go on a family art walk, and listen to children’s stories. Enjoy free drop-in activities all week, supported by the Cogan Family Foundation.

All ages and abilities welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. FREE admission for kids all week. (Kids 6 and under always get FREE admission to the MFA, and kids 7 to 17 are free during non-school hours. See Visiting with Kids for more information.)

Programs

Family Art Walk
Sharf Visitor Center | Every 15 minutes from 10:15 am–Noon
ASL interpretation Wed at 10:15 am and 11 am
Join MFA guides to explore art objects made in the spirit of collaboration. Tours are 30 minutes. Fun for all ages!

Story Hour
Gallery 171 | 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
ASL interpretation Wed at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Drop by to hear cool stories about people working together to make something beautiful. Stay for one story or for the whole hour.

Music and Dance
Alfond Auditorium | 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
ASL interpretation Wed at 11:30 am
Wiggle, shake, and sing along in these 30-minute collaborative music and dance performances.

Tuesday, April 18 | Chinese Folk Art Workshop
Watch the graceful, exuberant movements of the young performers in traditional costumes as they dance and share their Chinese heritage.

Wednesday, April 19 | SambaViva
Be dazzled by the lavish costumes and beat of samba. With a troupe of dynamic dancers, Brazilian dance ensemble SambaViva immerses you in the culture of Brazil, from Rio to Bahia and everything in between.

Thursday, April 20 | Benkadi Drum and Dance
Come enjoy the infectious spirit of Benkadi Drum and Dance, a multicultural company presenting rhythms and dances from Mali, Guinea, and other West African countries.

Friday, April 21 | Triveni School of Dance
Delight in the exquisite beauty and complex movements of classical Indian dances presented by the Triveni School of Dance.


Art-Making Activities

10 am–4 pm (to 8 pm on Wednesday)

Color, Shape, Collaborate!
Shapiro Family Courtyard
Visit the Gund Gallery, LG31, to explore the colorful paper cut-outs made by Henri Matisse. Walk upstairs to Shapiro Family Courtyard and work with a family member or friend to create a collaborative cut-paper masterpiece.

Outside In
Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
ASL interpretation Wed at 1 pm
Travel to “Making Modern” where you can see the work of many artists who learned from each other. Look closely at the different prints of either bull by Pablo Picasso in Gallery 328. Return to the art studio to make two prints of your own. Add to our collaborative print wall or take your work home to enjoy!

Many Eyes, One Vision
Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 160
Walk through Gallery 253 to soak up the color and sunlight of the paintings. These artists painted outside or in plein air. This group of painters, called the Impressionists, were inspired by each other. Return to the art studio, or to create your own oil pastel landscape.

Sewing Together a Family
LG34
Native American button blankets touch the lives of many people. They are often designed and made by more than one person and passed down through families. Look closely at the button blanket handmade by Maxine Matilpi and her husband. Can you see the orca whale in the center that is their family crest or symbol? Together with a friend or family member, design and sew your own miniature felt button blanket.


Always Available

Art Connections Activity Cards | Sharf Visitor Center
Pick up an Art Connections card and explore birds, powerful figures, bugs and other themes throughout the Museum. Some cards available in Spanish.

A Guide to Family Fun at the MFA | Sharf Visitor Center
Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Pick up one of our free pocket-sized informational guides on visiting and exploring the Museum with kids. Includes tips, gallery games, and ideas for looking at and discussing art together.

Behind the Scenes Galleries | Galleries 125 and 225
Peek behind the scenes to learn about all the hidden work that happens every day at the MFA. Watch a video, explore the interactive kiosks, or just relax and enjoy views of Boston.

When: 
Tuesday–Friday, April 18–21, 2017 from 10 am–4 pm
Phone: 
617-267-9300

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more.  Inspired by our exhibition Big Bang Data, this year’s theme is big data. Come for a fun filled week us for a fun-filled week.
Where: MIT Museum

February School Break Outdoor Ice Skating and More

February Vacation Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Since ice skating is the perfect winter activity, The MarketStreet Rink, presented by Lahey Health, expands its hours for President’s Day and February break. One of the best skating rinks in the region, The MarketStreet Rink is a classic 58 x 105 foot skating rink accented by a beautiful array of...

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Women of Essex - Stories to Share

Come learn come great stories about the women of Essex Massachusetts at this FREE exhibit open through Winter 2018
Discover the interesting lives of women who lived in Essex! This exhibit – the first of its kind in Essex – expands our understanding of the women of Essex and the ways they have influenced our town and reflected the larger story of women’s history.
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Vacation Break Camps at Glen Urquhart School

February Vacation Week Camps and Programs
Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA is hosting a February Vacation Break Camp. Sign up to have your child join us at GUS for our Vacation Break Camps, Tuesday through Friday, February 20-23. FUN at GUS Preschool Program, age 3.5-5, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  This program is designed especially for...
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Adventure Days: Maple Sugaring

Learn how to harvest Maple Sap and convert it to Maple Syrup at IRWS!
Today we'll learn about one of nature's tastiest treats: maple syrup. We'll discover how to distinguish a sugar maple from all the other trees in the forest and tap one to collect the sap. After a visit to the sugarhouse, we'll know how sap is converted into syrup and try some on our very own...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Farmer for a Week: Kids in the Kitchen

Appleton Farm's Winter Explorers program is geared to children aged 7-11
In the winter, many people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! This camp is for kids who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out on the trails...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Farmer for a Week: Kids in the Kitchen

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen  program is geared to children aged 7-10
In the winter, many people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! This camp is for kids who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out on the trails...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Goddard School Touring Tuesday

Childcare, child care at Goddard School Middleton MA, Danvers MA, North Andover MA. infant, preschool, Pr
Touring Tuesday: Make a date to see Goddard School, Middleton, meet teachers and visit your child's next classroom! Infant, Toddler, Preschool,and Pre-Kindergarten programs. Please visit on Tuesday's to see why The Goddard School is "more than just a daycare".
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Old School Yard Games

Kids can run and play in the wide open spaces of the Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover
Start off your February vacation with a little competitive play. In this morning program, the Stevens-Coolidge Place will host three timeless outdoor games: capture the flag, scavenger hunt and red light/green light. So, get out your detective hats, lace up those winter boots and stretch those...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Public Skate and Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, opening Saturday, October 14, 2017.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play.
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Sawyer Free LEGO Club

Come build using LEGOs at the Sawyer Free Library
Attend an afternoon of LEGOs in the Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library! Snacks and LEGOs are provided. Register online!
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Olympic Craft Session

Kids will learn to make an Olympic themed craft at the TOHP Burnham Public Library!
TOHP Burnham Public Library invites agse 5 and up for an Olympic Craft. Registration is not necessary, but if you plan to attend, we'd love to know in advance.
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, February 21

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation Feb Fest!
Join MIT Museum for Feb Fest, an annual celebration during February school vacation week, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more.  Inspired by our exhibition Big Bang Data, this year’s theme is big data. Come for a fun filled week us for a fun-filled week.
Where: MIT Museum

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

February School Break Outdoor Ice Skating and More

February Vacation Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Since ice skating is the perfect winter activity, The MarketStreet Rink, presented by Lahey Health, expands its hours for President’s Day and February break. One of the best skating rinks in the region, The MarketStreet Rink is a classic 58 x 105 foot skating rink accented by a beautiful array of...

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Women of Essex - Stories to Share

Come learn come great stories about the women of Essex Massachusetts at this FREE exhibit open through Winter 2018
Discover the interesting lives of women who lived in Essex! This exhibit – the first of its kind in Essex – expands our understanding of the women of Essex and the ways they have influenced our town and reflected the larger story of women’s history.
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Adventure Days: Winter Homes

Build igloos and learn how to find winter ohme for animals at IRWS's workshop
Can you imagine living outside through the entire winter? We'll explore the woodlands, wetlands, and field edges for nests, cavities, burrows, dens, and lodges to discover how birds, mammals, and insects find homes in this challenging season. We'll build an igloo or shelter and see how warm it can...
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Vacation Break Camps at Glen Urquhart School

February Vacation Week Camps and Programs
Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA is hosting a February Vacation Break Camp. Sign up to have your child join us at GUS for our Vacation Break Camps, Tuesday through Friday, February 20-23. FUN at GUS Preschool Program, age 3.5-5, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  This program is designed especially for...
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Farmer for a Week: Kids in the Kitchen

Appleton Farm's Winter Explorers program is geared to children aged 7-11
In the winter, many people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! This camp is for kids who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out on the trails...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Farmer for a Week: Kids in the Kitchen

Appleton Farm's Kids in the Kitchen  program is geared to children aged 7-10
In the winter, many people hunker down to stay warm, but at Appleton Farms, we make the most of the cold, quiet season. There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in the kitchen! This camp is for kids who love to cook, explore, and be adventurous in the kitchen, and out on the trails...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Cedar Point Trail | Winter Wander

The Cedar Point Trail at the Crane Estate winds through varied terrain to the be
An outdoor adventure for the whole family!  An easy rambling walk that will take us along the Cedar Point Trail to Steep Hill Beach with naturalists from The Trustees of Reservations. We’ll take note of how winter has changed the landscape, and how plants and animals adapt to survive this “dormant...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm