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Family Programs

All family programs are free with admission or Membership.
Children under 12 always visit deCordova free!

ARTfull Play
Fill your day with art and play through experiences in the continually changing Sculpture Park and Museum. Each session features a unique opportunity to engage with art, materials, the environment, and new friends. Ideal for families with children ages 2–5, September –June.

ARTfull Explorations
Fill your weekends with art and family through group explorations and engagements with materials and processes inspired by the themes and artists of the day. This monthly program is held from September–May and is designed for families with children ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome.

School Vacation Week Programs

Programs during February and April vacation weeks connect families with seasonal exhibitions, artist projects, sculptural installations, and the unique natural environment at deCordova. Designed for families with children ages 5–12, but all are welcome.
Play in the Park
Explore how play informs contemporary art through the creation of large-scale collaborative structures. Each biweekly session features various materials to build site-specific, temporary constructions in response to the surrounding art and environment. Join visitors of all ages in different locations in the Sculpture Park as we play, experiment, and build in July and August. 
Join us every other Sunday from during July and  August when we roll out the MAKEmobile. Our new mobile making station is fueled with surprising materials and exciting ideas each time it roves into the Sculpture Park. For children (and adults!) of all ages.

Family Friendly Interactives

Process Gallery and The Square
Experience exhibitions and art from the inside out! These changing, multi-sensory spaces support opportunities for visitors to touch, interact, and discover together. The Process Gallery is located in the Museum; The Square is located adjacent to deCordova | Store.

Family Activity Kits
Kits and clipboards are available for close exploration of Museum exhibitions and Sculpture Park themes. Check in at the Museum front desk when you arrive.

Gallery Guides 

These cards found in the Museum galleries encourage visitors to think about exhibition themes through questions, prompts, and take-home activities. 
Family Mystery and Audio Tours
Calling 781.730.4683 from your cell or smart phone offers insights into the artistic ideas and processes behind various Museum exhibitions and Sculpture Park installations, as well as a family mystery tour through the Sculpture Park designed especially for 5–10 year olds. Look for the symbols on the Sculpture Park labels to get started.

Summer Camp

the hive

Curious kids ages 5–12 can think, discover, and make things together at the hive. Contemporary art in deCordova's 30-acre Sculpture Park and Museum galleries connects the hive’s weekly themes to real world ideas, unbounded creativity, and inspiring innovation. Our instructors are artists, naturalists, and makers who love exploring and sharing the intersections between art and nature in a collaborative environment. Each camper’s personal interests and unique abilities are welcomed and complement those of new friends. At the hive everyone learns from each other.

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