New in June 2018: Sensory Friendly tours! Join us at the 11 am tour on Mondays for a welcoming, inclusive Playdates experience. Tours will return to a quieter, low-lit gallery for art activities.

Playdates 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 October for “Searching for Shapes.” 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 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 2018: Bilingual (Spanish) Playdates! 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

October: “Searching for Shapes” (Mon, Oct 1 and Sat, Oct 20)

November: “Friendly Faces” (Mon, Nov 5 and Sat, Nov 17)

December: “Forest Friends” (Sat, Dec 15—No Monday Playdate in Dec)