Exposing kids to art in age appropriate ways fosters social skills, imagination, creativity and literacy. Kids engaged in fine arts, theater, music and dance develop their cognitive abilities, language skills, motor skills, and cultural awareness. There are many opportunities for kids to explore the arts in and around Boston. Here is a refined list:

Arlington Children’s Theater
A performing arts theater.

Boch Center
A non-profit innovator and guardian of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences.

Boston Ballet
Boston Ballet maintains a diverse repertoire, from full-length ballets to new works by some of the finest choreographers. The Company presents special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast.

Boston Children’s Museum
The museum, founded in 1913, is the second oldest and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world.

Coolidge Corner Theatre
An independent cinema specializing in international, documentary, animated and independent film.

Concord Museum
A museum of local history and best known for its collection of artifacts from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
DeCordova provides a landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations. The museum hosts year round activities, including snowshoe tours, yoga in the park, nature tours, screenings, and summer programs, among many others.

Greater Boston Stage Company
A non-profit regional theater featuring six productions each year in an intimate venue in Stoneham.

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
The Company makes ballet accessible to everyone. From original ballet works featuring innovative choreography to high quality dance instruction and summer programs, to groundbreaking projects such as the Dance for World Community project.

Museum of Fine Arts
Founded in 1870, the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with nearly 500,000 works of art. The museum welcomes more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

New Art Center
A non-profit community art education space in Newton that offers everyone, at all levels of ability, exceptional opportunities to make, exhibit, view, think about, and talk about art.

The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts
The theatre hosts nationally prominent entertainers, Broadway touring companies and provides a local outlet for community based artists and organizations.

Wheelock Family Theatre
A longtime theater at Wheelock College that hosts theatrical performances, classes & workshops for kids.