Every year at Boston Children’s Museum, hundreds of thousands of people participate in special public programs on Japan, ranging from the annual museum-wide celebration of OSHOGATSU
Japanese New Year to a monthly themed hands-on activity in the Japanese House.
Please check out Boston Children’s Museum’s vibrant calendar of Japan related programs offered throughout the year!
Upcoming events & programs!
- Make Origami Hina-dolls to celebrate Girls’ Day in March – please check Today’s sign for more details.
- Make a Paper Sakura Cherry Blossom Screen for Hanami Flower-viewing! in April – please check Today’s sign for more details.
- Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival on April 8
- Guided Tours of the Japanese House during the April Vacation week (April 17 – 26)
- Create Your Own Kami-kabuto – Paper Samurai Helmet! In May – please check Today’s sign for more details.
- Meet 90 Kids from Kyoto, Japan! on Sunday, June 14
A group visit to the Japanese House will allow your students to explore Japanese daily life in an authentic environment and create a deeper and memorable learning experience of home customs, school life, arts, and architecture for them. When stepping into the house, your students will experience a sense of being in Kyoto, Japan. All lessons for the Japan school programs are guided by the Museum’s Japanese cultural experts. Besides the program selections listed below, the Museum’s expert educators can also modify the programs to suit your students’ interest, grade levels, etc. by advance request.
A Day in the Life of a Japanese Child
Take off your shoes and step into an authentic 100-year old house from Kyoto, Japan! Your students will experience a typical day for a Japanese child and will discover what customs, artifacts, and aspects of home and school life in Japan are similar to, and different from their own. We provide cultural immersion and hands-on activities in the Kyo-no-Machiya (the Japanese House) using contemporary stories, objects, and images.
Grades 1 and up. Adaptations to connect with your curriculum may be available.
History and Social Science: 1.1, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9,G6 NEA, English Language Arts: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 4.3
(Offered along with “A Day in the Life of a Japanese Child” only)
Suminagashi (Japanese for “ink-floating”) is a paper marbling technique that has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Students will learn the “secrets” of this technique and use them to create one-of-a-kind images on paper. They will also surprise teachers and themselves, as they master the focus and tranquility of this unforgettable art-making experience.
Grades 1 and up
1.3, 1.4, 3.2, 7.1, 8.3
Boston Children’s Museum has been a national leader in educator professional development for over 40 years. Our trainings serve educators in early childhood, elementary classrooms, and afterschool environments, and are based on current pedagogical theory and research. We offer highly participatory and engaging half-day workshops, full-day seminars, and customized workshops, and trainings can take place at Boston Children’s Museum or at your program or school. Prices are dependent upon the number of sessions, number of attendees, amount of time and location. While we typically work directly with individual schools, afterschool programs or districts, we occasionally provide scheduled workshops that users from anywhere can register for in advance. Check back on this page periodically for information on these seasonal offerings. And if you are interested in working with us, please contact us using the information below.