Kids & Family
Kids & Family Programs at Gore Place
Our historic house and 50 acres offer family-friendly programming. From mansion tours for baby wearing caregivers to open-ended nature play, we have something for families of all ages and abilities.
Please also check the Events page for other family-friendly events.
The Nature Playscape
The Nature Playscape is a shaded outdoor play area located at the northwest corner of the estate. The soft chip play area has benches and a variety of natural elements for imaginary play. A log can be a balance beam and a stump can be a table. The adjoining north lawn provides a flat, grassy space to extend activities beyond the shady grove. The Nature Playscape attracts families daily even when there is no scheduled program.
Tot Time on the Farm
Tot Time on the Farm at Gore Place: outdoor fun for kids 18 months to 5 years on our farm. Help out with the farm work by planting seeds, watering raised beds, and picking vegetables. Invitations to explore different elements of farm life are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like. There will be a different focus each month, with new activities. The dates are the third Wednesday of each month May-October. Tickets: https://tottimefarm.bpt.me
Children age 18 months – 5 years, with an adult. $10 per child. $5 for Family Level Members. Reservations are required. Maximum 15 children. No older siblings please. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (781) 894-2798.
Tot Time at the Nature Playscape
Explore nature with rocks, sticks, water, and more. Provocations to explore different elements of nature are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like. There will be a different focus each month with new activities.
Children age 1.5 -6 years, with an adult. $10 per child. $5 for Family Level Members. Reservations are required. Maximum 10 children. No older siblings please. For information, email email@example.com or call (781) 894-2798. Please dress children in pants and closed-toe shoes.
3 Saturday dates added: 7/27, 8/3, and 8/24
Tickets and dates: https://tottimeplayscape.bpt.me
Indoor Front-Carry Babywearing Tours
Are you a new parent? Looking to get out of the house and be with other adults in a museum? Come to our special babywearing tour led by a veteran babywearer. We’ll see our gorgeous 1806 mansion, and we won’t mind if your baby sleeps – or cries – through our tour!
$12 per caregiver.
Front carries only to keep the collections safe.
Please no older siblings. Only worn babies/toddlers please.
Tickets can be purchased at the door.
With a Take-a-Walk backpack children and their accompanying adults can explore the open spaces and hidden places of the 50-acre estate. Backpacks contain activities, a magnifying glass and binoculars. Current themes described below. Come into the Carriage House to get your backpack and begin your adventure! Monday – Friday 10-2 and Saturday 12-3. $5 per hour, per backpack, free for members.
This backpack explores the Nature Playscape. Provocations in the bag encourage creative play among the rocks and trees in a quiet shady corner of Gore Place’s 50 acres. Activities are as open-ended as your child’s imagination!
For ages 2 and older.
With the Architecture back pack, explore the exterior of the 1806 Gore Place mansion, its details and its influences. From the outside, discover how many floors are inside. Use miniature bricks to create different patterns and wooden blocks to build the house.
Appropriate for ages 6-8.
Children and their accompanying adults can explore the 50 acres at Gore Place with the Take-a-Walk backpacks containing activities, magnifying glasses and binoculars. Follow the clues to discover 5 different areas where a special activity awaits at each location.
Be an archaeologist! We have a special Talk-A-Walk bag in October to celebrate Archaeology Month. Learn more about what an archaeologist does: explore maps and documents of Gore Place and its 300-year history and prepare to get dirty! Can you find all six artifacts in our archaeological dig? Activities are appropriate for upper elementary students.
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
Snowshoe rentals (Snow permitting)
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
$12 adults, $5 children, free for members
Bundle up and enjoy the snow this winter! Snowshoes are available for children and adults to rent from the Carriage House when the grounds are snow-covered.
UPDATE: THE STORY TRAIL IS TEMPORARILY DOWN UNTIL WORK ON THE NEW LOCATION IS FINISHED.
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.
Also check the Events page for other family-friendly events.