Nature and Geocaching

Be sure to plan some extra time for hiking on our well maintained trails. If you have a GPS device, you can experience the Clark's campus in a new and exciting way with geocaching! Geocaching is a worldwide game in which hikers of all ages and abilities using GPS devices locate hidden containers called geocaches. Each geocache contains “treasures” left behind by fellow hikers.
The coordinates for the Clark's geocache, along with several other notable locations on the Clark's 140-acre campus, are available in a printable handout (PDF).

Family Gallery Activities

Looking Closely Cards

These cards have been specially designed to encourage children to look at paintings and think about what they see.

Sketch Pads

Our sketch pads include simple suggestions and activities to help you look more carefully and hone your sketching skills. The sketch pad concludes with a page printed with a frame for your own masterpiece. Looking carefully and drawing what you see is a great way to get to know a work of art.


The Clark welcomes families to enjoy our galleries and our beautiful campus. The domestic scale of the galleries makes coming here a very comfortable experience. Ask at the Information Desk for our Looking Closely cards, which are designed to encourage children to look at paintings and think about what they see. Pick up a drawing pad at the Information Desk and spend some time sketching in the galleries together.

Three times a year, the Clark puts on special family days in celebration of a special exhibition or part of our permanent collection. These include a variety of activities—gallery talks, art making, and related entertainment—both inside and out. For younger children, we offer the Start with Art preschool program on the second Saturdays of the winter months. On the first Fridays of November  through March, we host the popular New Parents Gallery Talks, informal gallery talks for new parents with their young children. For more information on these or other family programs, please see the Calendar of Events.
Whatever kind of thing you like looking at, we think you will be able to find something interesting, exciting, and enjoyable at the Clark, and we hope this brief introduction has encouraged you to make a visit. If there is any way we can help you, or if you have questions or comments, we'd like to hear from you. Call the Education Department at 413 458 0563 or e-mail us. 

Kids’ Activities

Featured Activities

These activities will introduce you to works of art in our collection. Have fun exploring and learning about the art. Let us know if you enjoyed these activities by
e-mailing us.

Take the SIX Challenge!

Click on this activity to write a six-word interpretation of art.  

Float Like a Butterfly...

Click on this activity to decorate your own dinner plate with colorful bugs and butterflies. 

More Than Meets the Eye

Click on this activity to see how paintings sometimes are changed (and to read a really gruesome story).

Who’s Who?

Click on this activity to find out how to recognize some of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece.

Wash Your Hands Before You Eat

Click on this activity to see what happens if you dip your fingers into a finger bowl.


Click on this activity to see how an artist uses drawings to make a painting.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Click on this activity to see how artists sometimes change their minds.