"Things I Love"

Recommended for ages 4 to 13

Monday–Friday, February 16–20, 2015
10 am–4 pm (to 8 pm on Wednesday)

Art making, stories, and tours of the galleries, a fantastic performance, and fun with the family. . .these are are a few of our favorite things! Enjoy free drop-in activities all week.

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.)


Family Tours | Every fifteen minutes from 10:15 am–Noon
Sharf Visitor Center
ASL interpretation on Wednesday at 10:15 am Sign Language Interpretation
Join MFA guides to explore art they love! Tours are 30 minutes. Fun for all ages.

Story Hour | 10:30 am, 1:30 pm
Gallery 171
ASL interpretation on Wednesday at 1:30 pm Sign Language Interpretation
Drop in to enjoy stories about favorite things around the world. Stay for one story or for the whole hour. Great for toddlers.


Watch and be inspired by lively world dance and music performances.

Monday, February 16
Traditional Greek Dance | 11:30 am, 1:30 pm (30 minutes)
Alfond Auditorium
Join the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon and watch the troupe’s spirited dancers perform.

Tuesday, February 17
Flamenco Dancing | 11:30 am, 1:30 pm (30 minutes)
Alfond Auditorium
Watch beautiful dance pieces from Spain and be prepared to stomp your feet, clap your hands, and shout “Olé!”

Wednesday, February 18
Classical Indian Dance | 11:30 am, 1:30 pm (30 minutes)
Alfond Auditorium
Enjoy Bharatanatyam, the highly stylized, sophisticated Indian classical dance.
ASL interpretation at 11:30 am Sign Language Interpretation

Thursday, February 19
African Dance and Drum | 11:30 am, 1:30 pm (30 minutes)
Alfond Auditorium
Enjoy the lively spirit of this dance and drumming performance.

Friday, February 20
Traditional Chinese Dance | 11:30 am, 1:30 pm (30 minutes)
Alfond Auditorium
Delight in the Chinese classical folk and minority dances.

Wednesday, February 18
Boston Ballet Performances | 7 pm, 7:30 pm (15 minutes)
Gallery 265
Watch dancers from Boston Ballet II perform a dance choreographed by Boston Ballet principal, Yury Yanowsky, bringing alive Sarah Crowner’s piece, Curtains (Vidas Perfectas).


Treasure Boxes | 10 am–4 pm (until 8 pm on Wednesday)
Shapiro Family Courtyard
Design and make your own treasure box! Visit the Kunstkammer Gallery, 143, to see curious collections. Which things you love will go in your box?

Funky Frames | 10 am–4 pm (until 8 pm on Wednesday)
Gallery 250
Get inspired by the fancy frames around paintings in Gallery 250. Make your own picture frame. When you get home, frame a drawing or a photo of something you love!

Game On! | 10 am–4 pm (until 8 pm on Wednesday)
Gallery 332
Look closely at The Pool Game by Jacob Lawrence in Gallery 326. Then, visit Gallery 332 to draw a picture with watercolor pencils of your favorite sport or game. At home, splash on some water and turn it into a painting!

Ancient Seals | 10 am–4 pm (until 8 pm on Wednesday)
Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Slip into to Gallery 110 to see ancient cylinder seals decorated with images of something the owner loved. Head to the studio to make your own creation in clay.


Art Connections | Sharf Visitor Center
Pick up an Art Connections Card and explore barnyard animals, chocolate, dogs, and other themes throughout the Museum. Made possible by The Lowell Institute.

MFA Guide: Kids’ Tour | Available at all ticket desks and Sharf Visitor Center
The MFA Guide kids’ mobile tour introduces young visitors age 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas and Contemporary collections. The galleries are brought to life with the help of three quirky characters: Lucia, a high school reporter; Steve, an adventurous 10-year-old; and Malone, an art detective. Together they help kids look at art in new, creative ways.
Available at all ticket desks. $5 member; $6 nonmember; $4 kids 17 and under. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

A Guide to Family Fun at the MFA | Sharf Visitor Center
Pick up a free pocket-sized informational guide 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, Art of the Americas Wing
Learn about all the hidden work that happens every day at the MFA. Watch a video, try out the interactive kiosks, or just relax and enjoy a view of Boston.

Access: The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Access, call 617-267-9300 or TTY 617-369-3188, or e-mail Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.

Wheelchair Accessibility    All programs are wheelchair accessible
Assistive Listening System    Assisted listening device
Sign Language Interpretation    ASL interpretation
Blind or Low Vision    Accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision
Audio Description    Audio description


MFA Guide: Art of the Americas content is made possible through the generous support of the John W. Henry Family Foundation; Art of Ancient Greece and Rome content is made possible through the generous support of The Barrington Foundation, Inc.; and Musical Instruments content is generously provided by the MFA Visiting Committee for Musical Instruments and the David L. Fishman Fund

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