Babies and Toddlers


The Clark welcomes new parents and their infants to a series of New Parents Gallery Talks on select Friday mornings through late winter. New Parents Gallery Talks are designed to give parents a cognitive break from thinking about “all things baby” and are best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. The talks offer a chance for parents to engage with the Clark collection with their infants and participate in open-ended guided conversations about the art in a way that welcomes all contributions. 

Preschool Programs

Get your preschoolers off to a good start with themed talks, gallery guides, and art-making activities specially designed for this age group with the Start with Art program offered on select Saturdays in the winter. Best suited to three- to six-year-olds and their parents, these two hour events are free and open to the public. An interactive talk and a developmentally appropriate guide will help parents encourage their children to engage with art.  Art-making can be messy—children should come dressed appropriately. 

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

Available at admissions, Looking Closely Cards have been specially designed to encourage children to view our paintings and contemplate what they see.

Sketch Pads

Available at admissions, our sketch pads include simple suggestions and activities to help you look more carefully and hone your sketching skills. The sketch pad features a page printed with a frame for crafting your own masterpiece. 

Families

The Clark welcomes families to enjoy our galleries and beautiful campus. The intimate scale of the galleries makes visiting a comfortable and encouraging experience for family interactions. Ask at admissions for our Looking Closely cards or pick up a drawing pad and spend some time sketching in the galleries together.

The Clark offers several programs and special events for families throughout the year. These include a variety of activities—gallery talks, art making, and related entertainment—both inside and out.  For more information on family programs, please see the Calendar of Events.
 
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 your family to works of art in our collection. Have fun exploring and learning about the art!

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.

Undertow

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.