Kids and Family Programs

Special events and in-gallery activities are a great way to enjoy the MFA with your family. Extend your experience with at-home art activities inspired by the MFA’s collection and special exhibitions.

At the Museum

Visiting with Kids and Family

The MFA is a great place to bring children. Learn how to make the most of your Museum visit.

Art Connections Cards Family Activity

Explore the MFA with your children! Search for objects and images—from cats and flowers to mythical creatures to arms and armor—to learn interesting facts and get ideas for art-making activities. Each activity focuses on a specific theme, linking intriguing objects from many cultures.

Activities for Kids and Families

Open House


June 19, 2023
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Tickets available in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free with a valid Massachusetts zip code.

In Person

Studio Art Classes and Workshops

The MFA offers studio art classes and workshops for families, children, teens, and adults, taught by experienced educators who are also professional artists. Students are invited to question, explore, experiment, and solve problems as they create and interact with art.

Artful Adventures Home School Programs

Artful Adventures offers specially designed home school programs for kids and teens ages 6 to 18 on Thursday and Friday mornings during the school year. Taught by experienced Museum educators, these age-appropriate programs last 2 hours and include close looking at objects from the collection paired with a related art lesson.

At Home

Art Making at Home

Learn something new! Enjoy free step-by-step instructions for a variety of art-making techniques related to the Museum’s collections.

MFA Playdates at Home

Listen to a story and make art while watching free 15-minute videos appropriate for children ages 4 and under.

Junior Artists at Home

Enjoy Junior Artists with free videos online! Kids can see exactly how to create their own art project inspired by a work of art in the Museum’s collection. Recommended for children ages 5 to 8.