Kids & Family


Please also check the Events page for other family-friendly events.

Story Trail

February (soon to be posted on the trail): Snowmen at Night

Each page of the children’s book is posted at different points on the property.  Moving from page to page, visitors can read the book from cover to cover while spending time outdoors.  The Story Trail is free and open during daylight hours.  Return every couple months to read a new story!

This program is supported in part by grants from the Waltham Cultural Council and Watertown Cultural Council, both are local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  


Toddler Time on the Farm

Help out with the farm work on the Gore Place Farm! Check on the animals, collect eggs, plant seeds, water the raised beds, and harvest vegetables. The program runs from April through September. Age 2 with an adult. $10 per child. $5 per child for Members at Household Level and above. Advanced tickets required. Available April-October.

Take A Walk Backpacks

With a Take a Walk backpack children and their accompanying adults can explore the open spaces and hidden places of the 45 acre estate.  Backpacks contain activities, a magnifying glass and binoculars. Monday – Friday 9-3 and Saturday 10-3. $5 per hour, per backpack; free for members.  Seasonal and special themes available.  Currents themes described below. Come into the Carriage House to get your backpack and begin your adventure!


Temperatures get colder. Snow is on the ground. Appropriate for ages 3-7.



Discover the stories of Christopher and Rebecca Gore, their household, and the events of the Federal Period as you tour the 1806 mansion.  All tours are appropriate for ages 6 and up.  Monday through Friday: available on the hour between 10am and 2pm.  Saturdays at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm.  $12 per adult, $6 per child ages 5-12, free for Members.  To learn more, visit the Tours page. Tours start in the Carriage House.

Explore on Snowshoes

January 3 through March 31
Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm
Saturday from 12 to 3pm
Gore Place offers 50 acres of paths and open ground just a few miles from the city. Now you can explore the grounds on snowshoes! When the snow-cover is sufficient, you can rent both children and adult size snowshoes. Rentals available in the Carriage House. Children age 12 and under pay just $5 per hour. Adults pay just $10 per hour. Reservations are available for groups of 10 or more. All others are first-come, first-served. Last rental goes out at 2pm on weekdays, 3pm on Saturdays.

Also check the Events page for other family-friendly events.