Kids rule the ICA the last Saturday of every month, when the museum fills up with fun, creative, and even zany activities for kids and adults to do together.

Take a look at the ICA Collection, sketch the view, catch a family pop-up talk, and a puppet performance of Squirrel Stole My Underpants by The Gottabees. For more fun, BYO snacks outside for games and active adventures on the grandstand.

Family Performance

The Gottabees return to the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, performing Squirrel Stole My Underpants at 1 PM. Featuring live music, the wordless puppet show is sure to captivate kids and adults alike. Download related activities and fun here!
Please be advised that late seating is not guaranteed!

ACTIVITIES

Family Yoga, on the Plaza

  • 11:30 AM for ages 4+
  • 12:15 PM for ages 6+

Try out movements and poses that tell stories! Today’s yoga sessions are especially for adult/child pairs or trios; mats are provided. Space is limited; please sign up at the Family Info Table in the first floor lobby.

Art Making

  • Puppet Stories | 11 AM–1 PM and 2–4 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab
    Create puppets based on your family members, favorite family stories and related characters, then use our mini-theaters to act out  your stories. 
  • Drawing and Sketching | 12–4 PM
    Common Room
    Choose from a variety of tools and materials to create drawings of the Boston Harbor view or draw from your imagination. 

Our art making activities are designed for children and adults to do together. Activities are ongoing and for all ages; very young children will need adult support.

IN THE GALLERIES

Enjoy contemporary art, talk to our Visitor Assistants about art works you see, try our Gallery Games, listen to stories, sketch, take a mini-tour with our a family tour guide, or participate in a family pop-up talk.

  • Books and Looks | 10:45, 11:15 + 11:45 AM
    Poss Family Mediatheque 
    Picture book readings relate to art, architecture, and themes of art works on view. Best for ages 3-8 and adults together. 
  • Casual Family Tours | 2-4 PM
    Look for today’s tour guide in our fourth floor galleries then choose a few art works to get to know more about together. 
  • Family Pop-up Talks | 2:30, 3 + 3:30 PM
    Staff facilitated discussions for kids and adults together focus on one art work in depth. Look for the blue pillows or ask our Visitor Assistants for today’s location.  

Admission is FREE for up to 2 adults per family when accompanied by children ages 12 and under. Youth 17 and under are always admitted free to the ICA. All ages welcome; programs best suited for ages 6 and older. Check back for programming details and schedules as program dates approach. 


Play Dates are sponsored by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation.