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. Catch independent films from around the world, including live-action, documentary, animation, and experimental works. 

Family Film Program

11 AM – 4 PM
Join us in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater (3rd floor entry) for a selection of kid-friendly shorts and a magical feature length film! We’re also offering a Film Critic activity for all those attending the film program!

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Short Film Program
Live action, documentary, and animated films including Academy Award–nominated One Small Step as well as Hedgehog’s Home, Fly Lady Fly, and more. Recommended for ages 6+.

1 PM | Mirai
Runtime: 98 minutes
Japanese language with English subtitles
Catch this Academy Award-nominated feature-length animated fantasy adventure that invites us to consider the (sometimes magical!) connections that bring families together and make us who we are. Recommended for ages 8+.

3 PM | NY ICFF Kids Flicks Two
Bringing to light stories relevant to our times, this collection of live-action and animated short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival includes Superperson, The Theory of Sunset, Poles Apart, and Game. Recommended for ages 8+.

In the Galleries

Books and Looks, 10:45 AM, 11:00 AM + 11:30 AM
Poss Family Mediatheque
Staff-led picture-book readings for kids ages 3-8 and their adults encourage conversations about the art and the ICA museum architecture.

Casual Family Tours, 2 – 4 PM
4th Floor Galleries 
Find the ICA Staff wearing the pink tour guide button then plan an original mini-tour for your family together.

Family Pop-up Talks, 2:30, 3 + 3:30 PM
4th Floor Galleries 
Brief, staff facilitated discussions invite looking in depth at 1-2 art works. For kids and adults together.

Art Making Activities

Making Storyboards, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Common Room, 1st Floor 
Use a variety of mark making tools to draw out story scenes then add ‘direction,’ including notes about sound effects, lighting, timing, or character’s dialogue.

Make a Background, 11 AM – 4 PM
Bank of America Art Lab, 1st Floor
Work with Boston animation artist Hannah McGrath and her team to create backgrounds for your story ideas. Start with making notes and sketching your ideas, then cut and arranging different colored scene parts to make a foreground, middle ground and background. Want more of a challenge? Add a character once your background is complete.

* Tickets are required for Mirai and may be obtained from Family Information Station Staff in the 1st floor lobby of the ICA.

NOTE: Select galleries are closed for the installation of Huma Bhabha: They Live, opening March 23.


Play Dates are sponsored by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation.

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