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Friday: 10am-9pm


Celebrate winter with fun and learning every day at Boston Children’s Museum. Hands-on exhibits, programs, special events, cultural celebrations, music, science, art, performing arts and more are happening all winter long at the Museum. It’s a great time to discover, create, and connect!

Exhibit Happenings

Countdown to Kindergarten
Open daily 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays until 9:00pm
Are you ready for kindergarten? Ride a school bus. Put your belongings in a backpack and choose an activity that helps you get ready to go to school. Countdown to Kindergarten welcomes children of all ages and adult caregivers to a model classroom with areas for dramatic play, math and science games, reading and writing, and creative arts. Themes rotate daily and include shapes, friends, animals, and colors.

Japanese House – Visiting Kyo-no-Machiya
Open daily.
Take off your shoes and follow the guide into an authentic two-story silk merchant's home from Kyoto, Japan. Discover Japanese family life, customs, ceremonies, art, architecture and seasonal events in this 100-year-old house.
January activity: Try O-mikuji & get your own New Year’s fortune
February activity: Make an Oni Mask for Setsubun Celebration for the coming of spring
March activity: Make origami Hina-dolls to celebrate Girls' Day

The Japanese House has limited hours. During busier times of the year, such as school vacation weeks and holidays, it is only open for Guided Tours. Please check the specific hours and programs on the day of your visit.

  • Special Japanese House exhibit highlights:
    Special New Year’s Decorations in the Japanese House, throughout the month of January in the Japanese House.
    The Japanese House exhibit is dressed up with the New Year’s decorations such as kadomatsu, shimenawa, and kagamimochi. The decorations not only make the house more festive, but also bring many kinds of good luck to the people in the house.
  • Connect, Connect, Puzzle, opens on Friday, March 8 in the Japanese House Gallery
    This new art exhibition, “Connect, Connect, Puzzle,” is the 6th annual project of “Art, Friends, Tohoku" and was created by the Art Thinking Project team at Tohoku University of Art & Design. The exhibition showcases contemporary narratives of Japanese youth.
  • Festival of Hina: A Special March Display of Dolls, throughout the month of March in the Japanese House
    Drop in to the Japanese House to enjoy some very special Japanese dolls, many of which are gifts from Kyoto, Boston’s sister city for 60 years. Learn about the March celebration Hinamatsuri, which is known as a festival of dolls, girls, and peaches. Celebrate women as you discover stories of strong women both past and present!

  • KidStage Plays
    Check the web calendar for specific show times and titles.
    This kid-sized performance space introduces children to the wondrous world of performing arts. Professional actors perform short plays and invite visitors to join in. The repertoire of shows features music, dance, and comedy.

    PlaySpace
    Open daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays until 9:00pm
    PlaySpace is designed to spark exploration and creativity in young children ages 0 – 3 and their caregivers. Messy sensory activities, including finger painting, play dough, and water play, rotate weekly and close 1 hour before the rest of the space.

    Science Playground
    Open daily. Check the web calendar for hours.
    Explore bubbles, magnets, gravity and other natural phenomena. Examine natural materials like shells and rocks. Activities rotate weekly.

    Art Studio
    Open daily. Check the web calendar for hours.
    Art Studio is a dynamic, hands-on activity space designed to encourage children to explore ideas, artists and art from around the world.
    January activity: All that Shines
    February activity: Comics
    March activity: Adventures in Color

    Weekly Programs

    Mondays
    Messy Mondays. 11:00am – 3:00pm
    Explore the creative process with a wide assortment of messy materials, like water, mud, paint and more! Activities rotate bi-weekly, and are a fun mess for all ages!
    Note: No Messy Monday on Jan 21 (MLK Jr Day)

    Tuesdays
    Dress to Express. 10:30am
    Express yourself. Put on a costume, mix and match, and strut down the runway. Dance to the music. Use your imagination and pretend.

    Stories Aloud 10:30am
    Drop into PlaySpace to share a toddler-sized story time and activity. Themes change each week, and range from exploring baby sign language to building healthy habits and practicing developing skills.

    Wednesdays
    Music and Movement 10:30am
    Sing along to music that gets all ages moving! Grownups and children join in with drums, tambourines, and other noise-makers. All classes are led by trained music educators from Little Groove.

    Creature Feature 11:15 – 11:45am
    Meet one of the Museum's resident live animals up close!

    Kamishibai Storytelling 12:15pm
    Gather around for Kamishibai storytelling outside of the Japanese House. Kamishibai is a traditional method of storytelling in Japan using a set of story picture cards in a small wooden stage.

    Thursdays
    Caregiver Support Group 10:00am – 12:00pm
    Drop into PlaySpace for a parent-facilitated support group. Meet other caregivers in a social setting for parenting and breastfeeding tips.

    Creature Feature 10:30 – 11:00am
    Meet one of the Museum's resident live animals up close!

    Passport to Kindergarten Circle Time 10:30am
    Join the circle in Countdown to Kindergarten for activities in English and Spanish! Explore picture books, sing songs, create art, and practice school readiness social skills. Come early starting at 10:00am to investigate drop-in activities before Circle Time begins.
    Note: No Circle Time on Feb 19 (School Vacation Week)

    STEAM Sprouts 1:00 – 2:00pm
    Explore new materials, practice using new tools, or discover something unexpected about the way things work. Drop into PlaySpace for STEAM activities designed to support toddlers’ natural curiosity about the world. Activities change monthly.

    Fridays
    Family Yoga. 11:15am
    Strengthen your muscles and relax your mind and body! Enjoy an energizing yoga session designed for young children and their grown-ups.

    Friday Nights
    Story Time in Countdown to Kindergarten 5:45pm
    Join the circle for a story! Enjoy songs, puppet play, and creative activities based on the story of the day.

    Pop-Up Play! January 4, February 1, March 1, 6:00 – 8:00pm
    Join the fun on the first Friday night each month to imagine, create, and wonder! Construct a cardboard creation, make a fantastic fort, or add to a giant tapescape. Play is powerful – come experiment with familiar and unfamiliar materials, and try something new! Programs change each month, check calendar for details.

    KidsJam January 25, February 22, March 29, 6:30 – 8:00pm
    An all ages dance party with a live DJ, dance lesson and free dance, and games galore.

    Saturdays
    Zumba® Kids. January 5, February 2, March 2, 11:00 & 11:30am
    Get active and participate in a family friendly zumba class for kids and grown-ups! Zumba is a fitness program that incorporates many styles of dance, including cumbia, salsa, merengue, reggaeton, and tango.

    Kitchen Science. January 12, February 9, March 9, 11:00am – 1:00pm
    What do oil, food coloring, milk and straws have in common? They’re all found in the kitchen, and they’re all great for doing science! Join in one Saturday a month to mix, experiment, and predict, using things you can find at a grocery store. Best for kids 6 and up.

    Critter Day
    Do you love animals?
    Participate in fun, live animal program ming. Learning about animals helps children understand their connection to all living things:
    • Wingmasters. January 19, 2:30 & 3:30pm
      Hawks and owls have amazing adaptations that allow them to be successful hunters, but they are rarely seen. Join us for this special presentation about these fantastic birds! Best for kids 6 and up.
    • Animal World Experience. February 16, time TBA
      Kick off Engineering Week with this celebration of animal engineers! Learn about animals that build nests, dig burrows and use tools.
    • ZooShows. March 16, time TBA
      Visit with some of the largest and most exotic animals we have for Critter Days. Past guests include llamas, kangaroos and monkeys – who knows what we’ll see this time!

    Culture Lab. 1:15 – 3:30pm
    Stop by Boston Black for art activities, such as zine making, or a creative story time!

    Try It! in STEAM Studio 2:00 – 4:00pm
    Drop in for hands-on, minds-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities! Think creatively and solve problems as you experience the fun of making things.

    Sundays
    Music and Movement 10:30am
    Sing along to music that gets all ages moving! Grownups and children join in with drums, tambourines, and other noise-makers. All classes are led by trained music educators from Little Groove.

    Kamishibai Storytelling 2:15pm

    Gather around for Kamishibai storytelling outside of the Japanese House. Kamishibai is a traditional method of storytelling in Japan using a set of story picture cards in a small wooden stage.
    Try It! in STEAM Studio 2:00 – 4:00pm

    Drop in for hands-on, minds-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities! Think creatively and solve problems as you experience the fun of making things.

    Special Programs
    Morningstar Access
    Morningstar Access offers children with special needs the opportunity to visit the Museum when there are only a few other visitors. With a limit of 100 guests, children and their families can explore the Museum with less concern about infections and large crowds. Pre-registration is required.
    • Monday, January 21 (MLK Jr Day), 8:00 – 10:00pm
    • Monday, February 18 (Presidents Day), 8:00 – 10:00pm
    • Saturday, March 23, (Evening Edition) 6:00 – 8:00pm

    Programs and Events by Month

    January

    Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys with JCCGB. Sunday, January 13, 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Join PJ Library to jump, wiggle, and dance with Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys!

    The Gallery: Umpy Lundersphere - Through February 3, 2019
    Created by Claire Ashley, “Umpy Lundersphere” is an immersive environment that feels like an imaginary undersea cave or alien planet. It is made with stitched, painted, inflatable sculptures, hand painted area rugs, bean bags, and exercise balls - or - are they sea creatures or alien beings waiting to hatch? Relax, watch, roll, and listen to the space.

    Oshogatsu! Japanese New Year Celebration Sunday, January 20, 11:00am – 4:00pm
    Gather to welcome 2019 Japanese Oshogatsu style! Dance with Taiko drumming beats, pound Mochi sticky rice, parade with Shishi the lion, and relax with Chado the tea ceremony! Try hands-on activities such as Koma spinning tops, Fuku-warai lucky laugh g am e, Origami (giant & wearable origami), Omikuji fortune telling and more!

    This year’s Oshogatsu kicks off the year-long celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Kyoto/Boston Sister Cities Friendship! Boston Children’s Museum is home to the Japanese House (Kyo-no-Machiya), an authentic silk merchant’s house from Kyoto, Japan. The house will be decorated in New Year’s fashion for the event with many symbols of good luck.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 21, 11:00am – 4:00pm
    Celebrate the life and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by learning about U.S. history and how people can come together to make meaningful change through art, language, and other activities.

    Be Well Series – Dental Health Day Saturday, January 26, 11:00am – 3:00pm
    Learn how to take care of your teeth through proper tooth brushing and flossing to keep cavities away, and more with dental health professionals from Forsyth Kids. Learn about the importance of age-one dental visits and regular dental check-ups to keep your teeth healthy!

    Josiah Quincy Orchestra Sunday, January 27, 10:30 – 11:00am
    Kindergarteners from Boston Public School’s Josiah Quincy School Orchestra present their Paper Orchestra! Listen to a performance and discover what students have learned from months of studying and learning about instruments. After the performance, visitors will get to explore instruments up close.

    Suzuki Violins Sunday, January 27, 2:00 – 2:30pm
    Join a special performance of stringed instruments by young musicians from the Suzuki School of Newton. The touring group shares their love of beautiful music, continuing the work of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, who believed that music education inspires the discipline and compassion needed to develop into good citizens of the world.

    February

    Black History Month – Living in Color: Celebrating Black Life.
    Throughout the month of February, Celebrate the Black experience through programs, activities, and performances reflecting the African American, Caribbean/West Indian, and African cultures. Check the Museum’s online calendar for specific dates and program details.

    Lunar New Year Celebration Saturday, February 2 & Sunday, February 3, 11:00am – 4:00pm
    Welcome the Year of the Pig! Throughout the weekend, explore how communities in Boston celebrate the Lunar New Year through dance, games, and art with a focus on Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. Join a variety of performances and activities with local artists. Check the Museum’s online calendar for specific program details.

    Make ONI Monster Masks Friday, February 8, 6:00 – 8:00pm
    Celebrate Japanese Setsubun customs and make your own ONI monster masks for good luck for the upcoming spring season. Shout like monsters and scare away bad lucks with a big Roarrrrrrr! This program is part of the year-long celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Kyoto/Boston Sister Cities Friendship.

    Black History Month: Play Songs and Games with Castle of Our Skins Sunday, February 10, 12:30pm & 1:15pm
    Participate in a workshop exploring African American and Caribbean play songs and games, led by Castle of our Skins Artistic Director and violist Ashleigh Gordon. 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 the Museum’s celebration of Black History month – Living in Colors: Celebrating Black Life.

    The Gallery: Jerel Dye, Raúl the Third, and the Boston Comics Roundtable
    Comics: Heroes, Myths, and Tales
    Opens February 16

    Happy Valentine’s Day Thursday, February 14, 11:00am – 3:00pm
    Celebrate love and friendship! Make a card to show someone you care, create a beautiful paper flower, or make a gift in the STEAM Studio.

    Black History Month: Tar Beach Storytime Saturday, February 16 & Saturday, February 23, 1:00 – 3:00pm
    Join us for a reading of Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold and participate in a fiber arts activity based on the story.

    Black History Month: Story Quilt Sunday, February 17, 1:00 – 3:00pm
    Story Quilts have been an important part of Black and African American culture in North America for many years, telling stories and sharing history. Share your family’s story and add it to a collaborative Story Quilt. This program is part of the Museum’s celebration of Black History month – Living in Colors: Celebrating Black Life.

    School Vacation Week – Engineers Week. Sunday, February 17 – Sunday, February 24
    Celebrate Engineers Week 2019 by engaging in hands-on engineering challenge activities that will help you “Invent Amazing.” Explore different fields of engineering and see how creative you can be!

    Musical Playground Friday, February 22, 10:30am – 12:30pm
    Join educator Sarah Zur and other Museum visitors to make a musical playground out of recycled materials.

    March

    Happy Birthday. Dr. Seuss! Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 11:00am – 4:00pm
    Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with story times, activities, and some of your favorite Seuss characters.

    Boston Symphony Orchestra Concert Sunday, March 3, 2:30pm & 3:30pm
    Join Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians for an interactive program “Concerts for Very Young People.” Participate in interactive performances by BSO Musicians, especially for young children ages 2-5.

    Connect, Connect, Puzzle Friday, March 8, 6:00 – 8:00pm
    We are all connected! Friends from Tohoku, Japan invite you to check out the art exhibition “Connect, Connect, Puzzle,” and participate in game-like activities through the Japanese House Gallery. Find a sense of belonging by playing, creating, and connecting with each other!

    The art exhibition “Connect, Connect, Puzzle,” opening March 8, is the 6th annual project “Art, Friends, Tohoku" and is created by the Art Thinking Project team in Tohoku, Japan.

    Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Sunday, March 17, 11:00am – 4:00pm
    Celebrate this Irish and Irish- American holiday. Explore culture, identity, and stories of immigration through arts and crafts activities and live performances.

    Festival of Hina Sunday, March 24, 11:00pm – 3:00pm
    Experience the Japanese March Festival of Hina, or Hina-matsuri in Japanese – a celebration of womanhood, also known as a festival of dolls, girls, and peaches. March is also Women’s History Month in the U.S. Combining these two traditions, explore stories of strong women, and share stories of inspiring women in your life! This program is part of the year-long celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Kyoto/Boston Sister Cities Friendship.

    Handel & Haydn Society Singers Sunday, March 24, 2:30 & 3:30pm
    Enjoy a special choral performance with the Handel and Haydn Society Singers – an engaging ensemble of 35 children.

    Youth Dance Performance: Jean Appolon Expressions Friday, March 29, 6:15 – 6:45pm
    Enjoy a special performance of Haitian modern and folkloric dance by youth members of Jean Appolon Expressions dance-company. Based in Boston, JAE is a Haitian contemporary dance company that combines modern technique and Haitian folkloric dance.

    Be Well Series – Healthy Kids Festival Saturday, March 30, 11:00am – 3:00pm
    Visit the teddy bear clinic and learn what happens in the hospital. Experience medical tools in non-threatening ways. Play and learn about healthy habits with volunteers from local hospitals and health care organizations.

    Fife & Drum Sunday, March 31, 1:00 – 3:00pm
    Drop in for a performance and demonstration with the Middlesex Fife and Drum Volunteers as they share 18th century American music and instruments.

Happy Father's Day! The Museum will offer half price admission for dads on June 16.
In-Museum ticket purchases only. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Plentiful Weekday & Weekend Discounted Parking Available