Enjoy fun samurai-inspired activities for children and adults at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on Saturdays in May. Get swept up by the masterworks of samurai cinema (see individual film listings for screening times and locations). Design your own family crest armor inspired by the Samurai exhibition. Explore the tools and materials that artists use to make Japanese woodblock prints, and talk with knowledgeable staff at this drop-in program. Discover the MFA’s Buddhist Temple Room in a short talk. Take a self-guided exploration of arms and armor in the MFA’s collection from around the world. Treat yourself to "bento boxes," a Japanese-inspired lunch special for adults and kids in Taste café and wine bar. Samurai Saturdays are free with museum admission; no reservations are required to participate in most of the programs. In addition, you can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on May 25, as part of its Memorial Day Community Weekend celebration. Sat., May 18, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat., May 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults, $25; seniors and students, $23; children 7 - 17, free after 3 p.m. and on weekends, otherwise, $10. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. www.mfa.org
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