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.

Find your favorite art works in our galleries, sketch overlooking Boston Harbor, and try our Mystery Materials activity. Like a cooking show, but with non-food ingredients, today’s art-making quest, complete with judges, will challenge family contestants. Plus see the lively, fun-for-all band Nemes perform at 1:30 PM in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, complete with violin!

Art Making Activities

  • Water, Water Everywhere! | 11 AM–1:15 PM + 2:15–4 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab
    Used mixed media combined with your imagination to draw, paint, and then design a 3-D scene inspired by your adventures with water or the ocean.
  • Mystery Box Art Making Adventure | 12:30 + 2:30 PM
    Common Room, 1st floor
    Similar to your favorite cooking-show but with non-food ingredients, today’s art making quest, complete with judges, will challenge family contestants to create prize-worthy artworks.
    (Participatants must sign up for this activity. Sign up with Family Info Table staff on the day of the event. Best for ages 6+ and adults together. Space is limited, first come, first served.)
  • Salty Sour Seas | 2–4 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab
    Visit the installation by artist Evelyn Rydz in the Bank of America Art Lab. Find out more about our changing oceans while creating unique art works using household solutions and pH papers.


  • Family Concert | 1:30 PM
    Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 3rd floor
    Don’t miss Nemes (back by popular demand!) performing in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Nemes features warm, layered harmonies and one-of-a-kind violin shredding.

In the Galleries

The galleries will be OPEN from 10–5 PM.
Don’t miss Liquidity, Inc. by Hito Steryl, works from the ICA Collection show, or take a journey into virtual reality (space permitting). Don’t miss stepping back to see the art wall installation by Wangechi Mutu, A Promise to Communicate and then get up close and add your own touches with drawing and writing.

  • Books and Looks | 10:30, 11 + 11:30 AM
    Poss Family Mediatheque or Galleries, 4th floor
    Staff led picture book readings highlight connections with art  on view and architecture. Best for children ages 3-8 with adult companions.
  • Touch Tanks from The New England Aquarium | 10:30 AM–1:30 PM
    Main Lobby
    Meet (and touch!) local sea creatures and learn more about caring for our oceans, guided by our community partners the New England Aquarium.
  • Casual Family Tours with our Guide | 2–4 PM
    4th floor galleries
    Find our floating tour guide and arrange your family’s mini-tour about art works of your choice.
  • Family Pop-up Talks | 2:30, 3 + 3:30 PM
    4th floor galleries
    Staff facilitated discussions invite participation from kids and adults while exploring 1-2 art works in depth. Look for the blue pillows or ask gallery staff 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.