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.

Ever wish you could change your family’s rules? Get inspiration from contemporary artists including works created with hopes of inspiring new rules for society. Create artworks featuring interests you and your family share, or imagine and portray ‘new rules’ to mix into your family’s everyday life. Catch local musician Alastair Moock’s songs to encourage change in the theater at 2 PM.

Family Performance

Alastair Moock and special guest, his daughter Clio | 2 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater
Listen to songs that were inspired by a desire for change from past and present times, as well as the stories of how those songs were written. You will be invited to sing along! 

Art Making

Our art making activities are designed for children and adults to engage in together. Very young children will need adult guidance. 

  • Changing the Rules | 11 AM – 1:30 PM +  2:30–4 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab, 1st floor
    Use mixed-media to create art works that invite you to consider and change the rules of your family life in one or more ways. 
  • Today’s Art Challenge, Part 2: Tape Lab | 11 AM – 2 PM + 2:30–4 PM
    Common Room, 1st floor
    Take our art challenge with your family then step into our Tape Lab. Try your hand at constructing organic (or not so organic!) looking art works. 

In the Galleries

Our galleries are open from 10 AM to 5 PM. ICA Visitor Assistants are always ready to listen to your ideas, answer your questions, and lend support during your gallery visits. Look for staff dressed in black wearing Ask Me buttons.

  • Books and Looks | 10:45, 11:15 +11:45 AM
    Poss Family Mediatheque 
    Staff led picture book readings explore themes related art on view or architecture. Best for ages 3-8 and adults together. 
  • Today’s Art Challenge: Part 1 | 10 AM – 3 PM
    Tara Donovan’s Nebulous, 4th floor galleries
    Pick-up our art challenge from family program’s staff in the 1st floor lobby, prepare to be surprised then visit Nebulous by artist Tara Donovan. For Part 2 of the art challenge, stop by the Common Room on the 1st floor to create your own remarkable drawings and sculptures. 
  • Casual Family Tours | 1–3 PM
    Meet up with our floating tour guide and take a mini-tour focusing on art works you and your family choose. 
  • Family Pop-up Talks | 3, 3:30 + 4 PM
    Staff facilitated discussions for kids and adults focus on finding out more about artists and art work.

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.