Boston Children’s Museum is alive with music, dance, and theater, connecting families to the performing arts of Boston and around the world. Boston Children’s Museum partners with over 50 performing arts organizations each year offering young children a gateway to the rich world of performance. Through concerts, classes, workshops, activities, and other programs, we encourage visitors to find their passion while being active participants in making art together. Visitors have opportunities to sing, play instruments, dance, act, and perform for one another. Through these programs we empower visitors to express themselves creatively and to value and take joy in the creative expressions of others. By encouraging children to take pleasure in and emotionally connect to the stories of others, we seek to provide a foundation that will build empathy and perspective-taking.
There is music almost every day at Boston Children's Museum. We collaborate with dozens of organizations including Boston Symphony Orchestra, Grooversity, and Silkroad, bringing live music by professional musicians to young audiences. The Museum also hosts over 800 student performers annually, ages 4 to 22. This includes students at Boston Conservatory and New England Conservatory, musicians of From the Top's Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, and middle school jazz musicians attending summer sessions at Berklee College of Music. Additionally we offer weekly toddler Music and Movement classes taught by trained music educators from Little Groove.
Dance and movement are essential components of Boston Children's Museum’s performing arts program. Dance helps develop strength, focus, creativity, and social awareness. Monthly Friday night KidsJams buzz with a live DJ from New England Beats and dance classes led by Urbanity Dance. Boston Children’s Museum partners with over a dozen dance companies, schools, and instructors including Jean Appolon, Jose Matéo Ballet Theater, and Urbanity Dance.
Our KidStage theater features short, original plays written and produced by City Stage Company. These productions, geared to multigenerational audiences, help children develop literacy, problem solving, and social emotional skills, all with humor and sophistication. KidStage shows are participatory – with built-in roles for audience members of all ages. Additionally, Boston Children's Museum offers opportunities for dramatic play through programs such as Dress to Express where visitors can express themselves through fashion, interactive storytimes, tours of Kidstage, theater classes led by guest teachers, and performances by Artbarn Community Theater, Queer Soup Theater, and Wheelock Family Theater.
Boston Children's Museum has two primary performance spaces. Kidstage is our theater located on the first floor. It is home to short 15-20 minute performances. Visitors can volunteer to play a part in most performances and many performances are visually interactive and verbal. If you are not on stage, you can also participate from your seat by saying a line or moving in your seat with other audience members. Doors to the theater typically open 10-15 minutes before each performance. The second space is the Common, located on the 2nd floor across from the stairs and elevator. This large room includes a giant checkerborad and other games to play with. Sometimes you can find special performances.
- English language transcripts of Citystage shows are available upon request
- sound-reducing earmuffs are available upon request
- Boston Children's Museum staff are available to assist with seating for visitors who would like assistance.
Please contact Access@BostonChildrensMuseum.org or visit our accessibility page for more information.