New in 2017: Saturday Playdates! Starting in January, Playdates will now take place on the first Monday and third Saturday of the month. See below for date and theme details.

Bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making. Tours leave on a rolling basis starting at 10:15 am. Each month focuses on a specific theme, join us in July for “Furry Friends.” Recommended for children ages 4 and younger with adults. No registration required.

The Playdates ticket desk is located in the Sharf Visitor Center. After you receive your ticket and meet the group’s teacher, head over to the Shapiro Family Courtyard to draw, color, and read while you wait for your tour to leave.

All galleries are stroller accessible; please plan on bringing your stroller on your tour. If desired, a nursing room is available off of the Hemicycle Gallery. Baby changing areas are located in restrooms throughout the Museum.

Stay after the program to explore the Museum on your own or with new acquaintances, and enjoy snacks or lunch in the Garden Cafeteria or Calderwood Courtyard; choose from a great selection of kid-friendly options from any of our dining venues.

Returning October 2017Bilingual (Spanish) Playdates start this October! Join us on the first Monday of the month as we welcome the educators of Pine Village Preschool, voted The Best Language Immersion School by the Boston Parents Paper for the second year in a row, for an immersive experience for your child in espanol! For more information about Pine Village Preschool visit:


Upcoming Playdates

July: “Furry Friends” (Mon, July 3 and Sat, July 15)

August: “Making Your Mark” (Mon, Aug 7 and Sat, Aug 19)

September: “Music Band!” (Sat, Sept 16) - No Labor Day Playdate

October: “Painting With Nature” (Mon, Oct 2 and Sat, Oct 21)

November: “Shaping the World” (Mon, Nov 6 and Sat, Nov 18)

December: “Winter Wonderland” (Mon, Dec 4 and Sat, Dec 16)