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.

This month, try our gallery inspection activities or sketch the Boston Harbor with your family and friends. Don a lab coat and make rubbings to create visual stories about life at home, inspired by artwork by Jennifer Bornstein on view in the 2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize. Don’t miss a performance by Urbanity Dance—including opportunities for families to learn dance moves on stage! 

In The Theater

  • Dance Class for Families! | 11 AM
    Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 2nd floor entry
    Our community partner Urbanity Dance leads a dance class especialy for families, where kids and adults get to learn and practice dance moves together! (Best for families with children ages 3-5.)
  • Dance Performance A Day at the ICA | 1:30 PM
    Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 3rd floor entry
    Don’t miss an afternoon performance from Urbanity Dance, including a variety of styles and dancers of different experience levels. This program will last 45 minutes, including audience participation and a Q+A!

Art Making

Activities are for all ages of children and adults together. Very young children will need adult support. Space is limited; first come, first served.

  • Water Stories | 10:45 AM–1:30 PM
    State Street Corporation Lobby
    Step just outside the ICA’s doors to take a careful look at the ocean, then create your own “Water Story” using artist’s materials designed to be used with water. Don’t miss the collection of picture books related to water in the seating area next to the art making activity!
  • ‘Family Life’ Rubbing Lab | 11–1:30 PM + 2:15–4 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab, 1st floor
    First take a look at the installation by artist Jennifer Bornstein in our 4th floor galleries, then put on lab coats and step into the art lab to create your own rubbings (using wax and special paper) from items used in everyday family life. Capacity is limited due to space needed for this activity.
  • Sketching  and Drawing | 12:45–4 PM
    John Hancock Founders Gallery, 4th floor
    Try your hand at capturing the view of Boston Harbor or draw from your imagination. All tools and materials are provided!

In the Galleries

  • ICA Exhibitions | 10 AM–5 PM
    4th floor GALLERIES
    Our Visitor Assistants are always ready for your questions and comments. Look for the green ASK ME button!
  • Books and Looks | 10:30 + 11:30 AM
    4th floor galleries
    Enjoy staff led picture book readings related to the art and architecture. This activity is best for children ages 3-8 and adults together.
  • Casual Tour Guide | 2–4 PM
    4th floor galleries
    Share your thoughts and questions about the art with our floating tour guide. Look for the blue ASK ME button!
  • Family Pop-up Talks | 2:30, 3:00 + 3:30 PM
    4th floor galleries
    Join an ICA Visitor Assistant for a lively conversation for kids and adults together about specific works of art.

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. There is no Play Date in December.
 


Play Dates are sponsored by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, and Holly and David Bruce.