JanuaryVanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys with JCCGB, Sunday, January 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join PJ Library as we jump, wiggle and dance at the Boston Children's Museum with Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys! Come for the concert and stay to enjoy all the museum has to offer.
MLK Day: Collaborative Music Making with Josiah Quincy Orchestra, Monday, January 21, 2:00 PM – 4:00:M
Celebrate the life, legacy, and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King and make music together with educators from the Josiah Quincy School Orchestra
Paper Orchestra with Josiah Quincy Orchestra, Sunday, January 27, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Join us as Kindergarteners of the Josiah Quincy School Orchestra present their Paper Orchestra. After months of studying and learning about instruments, these students share what they learned in a performance for their parents and museum visitors. After the performance, visitors will get to see instruments up close as part of their instrument petting zoo.
Suzuki Violins, Sunday, January 27, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Join us for a special live performance of young stringed instrument musicians with the Suzuki School of Newton. The school’s mission is to continue the work of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, who believed that music education inspired in children the discipline and compassion needed to develop into good citizens of the world. The touring group will work together as a team to go out into the community and share their love of beautiful music.
FebruaryLunar New Year Celebration. Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, January 3, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Join us February 2nd and 3rd in welcoming the Year of the Pig as part of our Lunar New Year Celebration. Throughout the week, we will share stories about how communities in Boston celebrate the New Year through dance, games, and art with a focus on Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. We are hosting a variety of performances and activities with local artists. Please check our online calendar for a schedule of performances and workshops. Includes performances by:
- Worcester Nian Dancers(Saturday)
- Korean Dance Group(Saturday and Sunday)
- Wang YMCA (Sunday)
- Westwood Chinese School (Sunday)
Black History Month: Benkadi Drummers and Dancers, Friday February 8, 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Join us for a live dance performance with Benkadi Drummers and Dancers. Benkadi is an eclectic group of artists and educators dedicated to performing, teaching and researching African dance and musical forms. Dedicated to community-based education and performance, the artists of Benkadi provide a wide range of programming for diverse audiences.
Black History Month: Play Songs and Games with Castle Of Our Skins, Sunday, February 10, 12:30 PM & 1:15 PM
Play Songs and Games is an audience participatory workshop exploring African American and Caribbean play songs and games. Led by Castle of our Skins Artistic Director and violist Ashleigh Gordon, this workshop is educational and appropriate for children, adults and everyone in between! The songs and games range from traditional call and response to hand clapping and ring circle songs designed to get your whole body moving. This program is part of Living in Colors: Celebrating Black Life. During the month of February, we highlight the Black experience through our programs, activities, and performances. Our celebration of Black History Month reflects the African American experience as well as Caribbean/West Indian, and African cultures.
Black History Month: Tar Beach, Saturday, February 16 and Saturday, February 23, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold is told from the point of view of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot. During the summer Cassie and her family play at the “tar beach,” which is the rooftop of the apartment building where she lives in Harlem, New York. Cassie lies on the “beach” and imagines herself flying through the sky over the rooftops. She dreams about being free—to go where she wants without any boundaries, or anyone to tell her she can’t. And so begins the story of Cassie’s flying adventure.
Black History Month: Story Quilt, Sunday, February 17, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Story Quilts have been an important part of Black and African American history in North America for many years. Historically, they have been used to tell stories and share history. Share your family’s story and add it to our Story Quilt in this collaborative art activity.
Musical Playground, Friday, February 22, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
MarchBoston Symphony Orchestra Concert, Sunday, March 3, 2:30 PM & 3:30 PM
Please join us for a special, interactive performance with members of Boston Symphony Orchestra! The BSO’s Concerts for Very Young People provide educational, interactive performances by BSO musicians at central community locations especially for young children ages 2-5 and their families, building initial and direct connection between BSO musicians and these families, offering young children an opportunity to engage with musical experiences of the highest quality, and deepening the BSO’s relationship with Boston Children’s Museum and the Boston area community.
Irish Step Dancing with Keane O’Brien Academy of Irish Dance, Sunday, March 17, 11:00 AM & 12:00 PM
Join us in celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day with a live dance performance by Keane O’Brien Academy of Irish Dance. Explore culture, identity, and stories of immigration through arts and crafts activities and live performances.
Handel & Haydn Society Singers, Sunday, March 24, 2:30 PM & 3:30 PM
Please join us for a special choral performance with the Handel and Haydn Society Singers! The Handel and Haydn Society Singers is a fun and engaging ensemble of 35 children who may be new to singing and reading music. Students sing unison and two-part songs in a variety of musical styles and develop their reading, listening, and sight-singing skills.
Youth Dance Performance: Jean Appolon Expressions, Friday, March 29, 6:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Join us for a special performance of Haitian modern and folkloric dance with youth members of Jean Appolon Expressions dance company. Based in Boston, JAE is a Haitian contemporary dance company, directed by Jean Appolon. Combining Modern technique and Haitian folkloric dance, JAE brings a new artistic vernacular to its audiences.