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Performing Arts

Calendar: Performing Arts This Week

Express yourself. Enjoy live performances by professionals and talented students. Take the stage and play a part in a KidStage show. Boston Children’s Museum is alive with music, dance and theater, connecting families with the arts in Boston and around the world. Boston Children’s Museum programs offer young children a gateway to the rich world of the performing arts in a friendly setting. Parents don't need to be embarrassed if a child has trouble sitting still, if a preschooler is fearful of the unfamiliar sight and sound of a tuba, or if an older child changes his mind and chooses to move on to another Museum activity. All programs are included with Museum admission and accessible to people of all ages.

There is music almost every day at Boston Children's Museum. The Museum partners with respected organizations such as Boston Symphony Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, and Silkroad, bringing live music by professional musicians to young audiences. The Museum also hosts student performers, such as undergraduates at Boston Conservatory and New England Conservatory, talented young musicians of From the Top's Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, middle schoolers attending summer sessions at Berklee College of Music, and 4 year old violinists from Longy School of Music. Performances are often interactive. Audiences are encouraged to sing and clap along and sometimes to try the instruments themselves. Weekly toddler Music and Movement classes are taught by trained music educators alongside Museum staff. Frequent informal Musical Moments are offered by Museum staff. Children and adults may learn a simple song and dance from Japan, make a percussion instrument, or paint to live piano music.

Dance and movement are essential components of Boston Children's Museum’s performing arts program. Dance helps youth develop balance, strength, focus, creativity, and social awareness.  Monthly Friday night KidsJams buzz with live DJs, teens teaching break dance, and adults swinging their children to the beat. The annual Boston Ballet Day showcases pre-professional dancers along with costumes, music and art of the Nutcracker. Other programs introduce children to dances from around the world, such as a Middle Eastern belly dance workshop or a performance by a students studying dance from Uzbekistan.

The KidStage theater features short original plays written and produced by Boston Children’s Museum artistic director, City Stage Company. These productions, geared to multigenerational audiences, convey important messages and help children develop literacy and problem solving skills, all with humor and sophistication. KidStage shows are participatory – with built-in roles for audience members of all ages. Outside of KidStage, the Museum offers opportunities for dramatic play, such as an Outer Space Imagination Play Day, and a Dress to Express session where the young and young at heart can put on a costume and strut down the runway.