Make Way for Animals!

Monday–Friday February 20–24
10 am–4 pm (to 8 pm on Wednesday)

From horned dragons to hairy cats, discover and explore the many real and mythical animals that can be found on the walls and in the galleries of the MFA. Create animal-inspired art, go on a “wild” family tour, listen to stories about cool creatures and watch a zooey performance! 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 to Noon, ASL interpretation Wed at 10:15 am Sign Language Interpretation
Join a Gallery Instructor and go on a hunt to see what animals are hiding in the MFA’s collection. Tours are 30 minutes. Fun for all ages!

Story Hour
Gallery 271 (by the Guardian Lion) | 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, ASL interpretation Wed at 1:30 pm Sign Language Interpretation
Sit by the Guardian Lion and listen to stories about beasts both wild and tame. Stay for one story or the entire hour.

Puppet Performances
Alfond Auditorium | 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, ASL interpretation Wed at 11:30 am Sign Language Interpretation
Join us in Alfond Auditorium for 40-minute animal puppet shows and be transported to a forest, wetland habitat, or the wilds of West Africa. Admission is free.

Monday, February 20 | Raccoon Tales
Enjoy three humorous vignettes inspired by the Native American just-so stories of the Seneca tribe.

Tuesday, February 21 | Raccoon Tales
Enjoy three humorous vignettes inspired by the Native American just-so stories of the Seneca tribe.

Wednesday, February 22 | Turtle’s Wetland Quest
Blanding the turtle is in search of a new wetland habitat. See what happens when she meets a beaver, a salamander, and a little boy!

Thursday, February 23 | Trickster Tales
With Anansi the spider, world-famous trickster, all things are possible! This show brings traditional stories from West Africa to life with puppets and music.

Friday, February 24 | Turtle’s Wetland Quest
Blanding the turtle is in search of a new wetland habitat. See what happens when she meets a beaver, a salamander, and a little boy!


Art Making Activities

10 am–4 pm (to 8 pm on Wed)

Collage Creatures
Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Trot over to Gallery 176 to see the sculpture of Ganesha, a Hindu God with an elephant’s head and man’s body. Walk back to the art studio to create your own part-animal, part-human collage.

Ancient Animals
Gallery 225
Make your way to Gallery 222. Can you spy a dinosaur and a woolly mammoth? These ancient animals no longer live on the earth. Head to Gallery 225 to make a dinosaur diorama.

Drawing Ducklings
Shapiro Family Courtyard
Check out the animals in “Make Way for Ducklings” in Gallery LG26. The artist Robert McCloskey drew animals by observing them. Waddle upstairs to Shapiro Family Courtyard to practice sketching from animal models.

Leaping Lions
Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, 160
Leap over to Gallery 280 to take a look at the lions on the folding screen. These lions were painted with a special paintbrush and ink. Head over to the studio to paint your favorite animal in ink.


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.

MFA Guide: Kids’ Tour | Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and Gund Gallery, LG31
MFA Guide   Assistive Listening System   Audio Description   Sign Language Interpretation
The Kids’ mobile tour introduces young visitors age 6 to 10 to the Art of the Americas 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. Members $5; nonmembers $6; kids 17 and under $4. Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and Gund Gallery, LG31. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.

Accessibility
The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Accessibility, e-mail access@mfa.org, or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY). Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.

Audio description    Audio description
Sign Language Interpretation    ASL interpretation
Blind or Low Vision    Blind or low vision access
Assistive Listening System    Assistive listening device
Wheelchair Accessibility    All programs are wheelchair accessible.


Sponsors

Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures supported by the Cogan Family Foundation.