Emma’s Picasso-inspired drawing after our visit
I was the lucky recipient of two free tickets to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston courtesy of BzzAgent, so Saturday Mike and I braved the crowds and took the kids! We decided to bring both our double stroller AND a single stroller, so all three kids had the option of riding. Johnny isn’t a fan of chaos or crowds, so he stayed in the stroller the entire time, but both Lily and Emma warmed up and walked around for our second hour in the museum – and Johnny enjoyed his stroller visit so much that he cried when it was time to go! We didn’t come close to seeing the entire museum, but all three kids had a blast, and Mike and I really enjoyed it as well. Kids six and under are free, and I’m tempted to take the kids in for one of their Friday Playdates. Our library has passes that reduce adult admission to $7, although that doesn’t help pay for parking (we spent $18 to park Saturday…) If we lived closer, I would seriously consider the $75 membership, since it would get me and the kids in free anytime!
My one frustration visiting the museum was the numbers of doors. I think they are probably necessary for air quality control to protect the amazing artwork, but it definitely makes visiting with a stroller in tow more difficult! Many of the other museum visitors were really helpful about holding doors open for us, which we REALLY appreciated!
The highlight of the trip, of course, was hearing the kids talk about what they saw on the way home, and seeing Emma and Johnny explore new drawing techniques after we got home!
- Prep: 40-minute drive
- Initial entertainment: Two hours, spent together as a family
- Clean-up: 40-minute drive
- Cost: $18 for parking, plus gas for travel
- Lasting value: Getting to see paintings I’ve admired in books for years, learning about new art and artists for the entire family