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.

See the range of contemporary art on view at the ICA (and the Watershed) while enjoying kids’ gallery games, staff-led book readings, art-making projects, and harborside family yoga. Watch a dance performance (your family will be invited to participate!) and work together with other families to create a large-scale sculptural collage sharing messages of hope. Illstyle and Peace will give a lively and participatory dance performance at 1:30 PM!

Art Making

Our art making activities are all designed for kids and adults to do together. Very young children will need adult support.

  • Art Challenge: Multiple Me’s | 11 AM – 4 PM
    ICA Common Room, 1st Floor
    Take a look at the painting by artist Faith Ringgold now on view in We Wanted a Revolution, then combine ideas used in making quilts with drawing and collage to create a portrait.
  • Banner Making | 11:30 AM – 4 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab, 1st Floor
    Don’t miss your chance to see the Wangechi Mutu Art Wall up close and from a distance. Then cut and arrange cloth shapes to create your own world map banners. Use colored yarns to show the journeys your family members have taken and add messages of hope for the world.


Dance Performance | 1:30 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 3rd floor
Meet Illystyle and Peace Productions, guest artists from Philadelphia, and take in a high energy dance performance exploring contemporary and traditional forms. You’ll be invited to participate!

In the Galleries

Have questions? Talk to our Visitor Assistants, always ready to hear your ideas and inquiries about the art and exhibitions on view.

  • Books and Looks | 10:45, 11:15 + 11:45 AM
    Poss Family Mediatheque. 4th floor
    Staff led picture book readings invite kids and their adults to make connections to art on view and ICA architecture. Best for ages 3-7 and adults together.
  • Casual Family Tours |  2–4 PM
    ICA galleries, 4th floor
    Look for our tour guide, wearing a lavender ASK ME button, and choose artworks to talk about together.
  • Family Pop-up Talks | 2:30, 3 + 3:30 PM
    ICA galleries, 4th floor
    Staff led discussions for kids and adults together go into depth about one work of art. Look for the big blue pillows or ask an ICA Visitor Assistant for today’s locations.

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.