With surprises around every corner, the MFA is a perfect place for the kids in your life!
A wondrous and welcoming place to spend quality time with friends and family! We have exhibitions that will keep kids smiling for hours, programs to spark the imagination, and even on-the-go sketchbooks for exploring the galleries. With ever-changing things to do, get the best value with a Family Membership, which includes free admission for kids, exclusive discounts, and guest passes galore.
Programs and Activities
Discover the MFA with free fun (and educational!) activities designed for children ages 4 and up to do with adults in the galleries.
Enjoy a weekly free drop-in creative morning for families with children ages 5 to 8. Look closely at art, make art, and have fun!
Bring your toddler to enjoy free story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making.
Explore the MFA with your children! Download these self-guided activity sheets or stop by the Sharf Visitor Center to check out a family tote bag filled with a variety of fun activities, pick up activity sheets, and find out about the day’s programs.
Resources and Amenities
A Guide to Family Fun at the MFA
Before you visit, review this helpful guide (PDF), filled with ideas for looking together with children in the MFA and lists of other activities to enjoy in the Museum.
The Garden Cafeteria, located on the Courtyard Level in the Linde Family Wing, is open daily from 10 am–4 pm and features inexpensive, kid-friendly options. The New American Café located in the Shapiro Family Courtyard also features a kids’ menu.
See all MFA dining options.
Visit the Main Bookstore & Shop in the Linde Family Wing, the MFA Signature Shop near the Huntington Avenue Entrance, and the Gund Gallery exhibition shop when an exhibition is on view for a great selection of children’s toys, books, and crafts.
Strollers are allowed in all galleries; however, there may by restrictions for some special exhibitions. Backpack-style child carriers are not allowed.
Baby-changing areas are located in restrooms throughout the Museum.
Mothers seeking to nurse their babies may use our quiet, private nursing room off of the Hemicycle Gallery; ask any staff member for directions.
Enjoy the art at the MFA—but please don’t touch it!
Keep hands, bags, and small children at least 12 inches away from all artwork. Thank you for your help in preserving the art for others to enjoy.
Mobile MFA Guide: Explore the Museum Together
The MFA Guide Kids’ 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 animated 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.
Rent an MFA Guide at any ticket desk or Sharf Visitor Center. Members $5; nonmembers $6; kids 17 and under $4. MFA Guides are free for visitors who are Deaf or blind.
Groups of children and teens with disabilities are served through Artful Adventures, an inclusive program at the MFA.
Beyond the Spectrum offers a specialized experience once a month for children with autism.
Weekend and Vacation Art Classes for Kids and Teens
Multi-session and-one-day workshops are offered throughout the year. For more information and to register, visit Studio Art Classes.