There’s something for everyone this April vacation at the ICA: a bunch of fun, creative + FREE activities, exciting exhibitions, waterfront views, and many more reasons to spend the week with us!

Artsy Activities

Play gallery games, listen to book readings especially for families, enjoy the view, and try your hand with mixed-media storytelling.

  • Art-Making for All Ages
    Try your hand at storytelling and comic making. Join us in the Bank of America Art Lab for sketching, writing, and investigating story arrangement and sequence. Tue, Apr 18 through Fri, Apr 22 from 11 AM–4 PM.
  • Comics: Frame by Frame

    Local artist Dave Ortega has spent years interviewing his now 100-year-old abuela (grandmother) and telling her story in comics. In the Bank of America Art Lab he’ll create a giant comic book where participants can explore how stories and pictures are arranged to create narrative and experiment with telling their own stories. Meet the artist during vacation week! Dave Ortega will be in attendance at the museum Fri, Apr 22, 2–4 PM. Explore how stories and pictures are arranged to create narrative and experiment with telling stories of your own.

  • Have a wee one in tow? Create an engaging museum experience for even the littlest visitor with ICA Gallery Games, a free pack filled with activities and tips for looking at and talking about the art on view. Available at the Holly and David Bruce Visitor Center. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

  • Spend some down-time in our Family Library in the Poss Family Mediatheque. Selected to complement exhibitions, highlight the creative process, or give insight into architecture, these books are best for children ages 3–8. 

  • Saturdays and Sundays at 11 AM and 2 PM, snuggle up on big comfy pillows for in-gallery story hours at Books and Looks, staff-led readings of picture books that relate to the art on view and are accompanied by looking activities. Ask Visitor Assistants for themes and locations. Times may vary during Play Dates or holidays.

  • Do your kids like to draw? Ask the front desk staff for sketching supplies to use during your museum visit. Sketch with pencil in our galleries.

Compelling Contemporary Art

What’s on View:

Hit all the galleries, then stop by the Poss Family Mediatheque to learn more about the art and artists on view at the ICA. Browse photos, videos, interviews, and much more.