Youth Programs

Stimulate your family’s imagination and inspire a love of art from around the world as you explore our museum together!

Grades K-6

art break with the Mfa!

Tap into your creative side with art projects you can do at home, inspired by the MFA Collection and our special exhibitions. Explore the activities here!


All ages

Sensory saturdays

The MFA welcomes families with children who have sensory processing disorder and other sensory-related disabilities to explore the galleries with us each month! During this time, all rotating audio components will be turned down or muted to ensure a calm environment. Visitors will receive a pre-packaged sensory bag with a guiding prompt, sketching materials, or other sensory-friendly activities.

Second Saturdays, 10 am to 12 pm. Free for members or with the cost of admission. Advanced ticketing is required to avoid long wait times for visitors and to accommodate limited capacities in the galleries.

January 9

February 13

March 13

April 10

May 8

June 12


All ages welcomed, geared toward grades k-6

homeschool hours

Homeschool groups and families are invited to join us the last Wednesday of the month as we look at the culture, history, math, and science of art! Every month will explore a new idea or exhibition, and visitors will receive a pre-packaged learning bag with a guide and activity. Museum docents, educators, and other specialists will meet you in the galleries to lead conversations and answer questions.

Last Wednesdays, 10 am to 12 pm. Free for members or with the cost of admission. Advanced ticketing is required as capacity is limited in the galleries.

January 27: Geology in the Galleries

February 24: Optics & Eye Dazzlers featuring Color Riot!: How Color Changed Navajo Textiles

March 31: Math & Masterpiece

April 28: Ancient Archaeology featuring Antioch Reclaimed: Ancient Mosaics at the MFA

May 26: Our Excellent Environment featuring Skyway 20/21


Ages 2-5

Museum Minis

Come and play at the MFA! Museum minis invites children ages 2 to 5 years old and their favorite grownups to join us in the galleries for stories, games, songs, and art. From shapes to colors and artists to animals, there is always something fun to discover. Inspire your little learner’s imagination as you explore our collection in a brand new way together.

We look forward to restarting this program soon! Check back for upcoming program dates later in 2021.


All Ages

Explore More! Days

Join us throughout the year for special days of fun! Visitors will receive a pre-packaged exploration bag with an activity guide and game. Each Explore More! Day features a special exhibition, so you can explore a new world of art every time!

Select Saturdays, 11 am to 2 pm. Free for members or with the cost of admission. Advanced ticketing is required as capacity is limited in the galleries.

March 6: Color Riot!

June 5: Skyway 20/21


All Ages

painting in the park

Painting in the Park is our annual outdoor celebration of all things art. It’s colorful, creative, messy, and more! With a wide variety of hands-on activities inspired by the MFA Collection, the whole family will experience the art inside the museum in a brand new way.

Check back soon for 2021 updates.