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, we’re bringing the fun to East Boston’s Piers Park in celebration of our planned expansion to East Boston next summer! Activities will take place at the ICA from 10 AM to 4 PM and in East Boston’s Piers Park from 12 to 3 PM. All activities are free for all, with free water transportation across the harbor.

In East Boston 

Activities run from noon to 3 PM


Take a 20-minute ride in Boston Harbor! Check in at the Sailing Center for timed tickets. Space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets provided.

  • Decorate Binoculars
    Set your sights across the harbor to see sailboats, ferries, and the ICA!
    (All ages welcome; best for ages 3-8 with an adult.)
  • Make Message Stones
    Imagine a message you want to share with the world, then use typewriters and paint to add your message to a rock.
    (All ages welcome; best for ages 6+ with an adult.)
  • DiverCity | 1 PM
    DiverCity, a group of students from East Boston’s ZUMIX who recently opened up up for Grammy Award–winning artist Sting, kicks off the day with their lively rock/pop blend
  • Odaiko New England | 2 PM
    Feel like you are marching to the beat of your own drum? Then this band is for you! Outstanding musicians, large drums and audience participation—what could be better? Odaiko New England demonstrates the ancient art form of taiko (Japanese drumming) and its importance in Japanese culture. Today’s concert will highlight connections between traditional art forms and contemporary life. This energetic and engaging program highlights kumi-daiko (ensemble drumming) and combines traditional taiko rhythms with dynamic movement and rhythms from other musical traditions. Audience members will be invited to join the performers on stage to play the taiko drums.


Play Date will take place at the ICA from 10 AM to 4 PM. 

  • Galleries open | 10–5 PM
  • Art-making | 11 AM–4 PM
  • Family Pop-up Talks | 2:30, 3 + 3:30 PM
  • Books and Looks | 10:30, 11 + 11:30 AM
  • Sketching on the Grandstand | 12–4 PM


Water taxis will travel from Fan Pier (right in front of the ICA) to Piers Park every 15 minutes from noon to 3:30. Questions about accessibility? Call 617-478-3103.

NOTE: Parking options are limited at Piers Park. Visitors are encouraged to take public transportation and/or to start their day at the ICA.


Bring a picnic, or grab a snack near Piers Park at KO Pies (256 Marginal Street) or near the ICA at Sorelle (100 Northern Avenue)

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 for programming details and schedules as program dates approach. 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.


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