Don’t miss a variety of short films including animation, live action, experimental, and documentary films. Showcase stories of your own with ICA Storyboards. Ready for more fun? Work with our visiting artist to create unforgettable images.

Zany Sock Day!

Put on your wildest, most exciting socks then head to the ICA galleries and compare socks with our gallery staff, the Visitor Assistants. Take a chance at winning zany socks in FREE raffles at the start of each film program in Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater.


  • The Artist’s Museum | 10–5 PM
    Note: Half our galleries are currently closed for installation. Galleries reopen on February 15 with the 2017 James and Audrey Foster PrizeSteve McQueen: Ashes, and New Acquisitions.

  • Books and Looks | Ongoing 10:30–11:15 AM
    Poss Family Mediatheque, 4th floor; meet at mediatheque lower level.
    Staff-led picture book readings make connections between stories and art on view or architecture concepts. Best for ages 3–8 with adults.
  • Family Pop-up Talks | 2:15, 3 + 3:30 PM
    4th floor galleries 
    Lively, staff-facilitated discussions invite close looking + comments from kids and adults while diving deeper into stories artworks tell. (Ask Visitor Assistants for specific location or look for the blue pillows.) 


Today’s film programs feature a selection of the best independent films from around the world made for children and families, including animations, live action, documentaries, and experimental films. Check specific programs for age recommendations. 

  • Short Films: Program 1 | 11:20 AM 
    Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, enter via 3rd floor 
    Enjoy a variety of animated, live action, and documentary films especially for kids ages 4–8. Duration about 60 minutes. 
  • Feature Film: Phantom Boy | 1:00 PM
    Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, enter via 3rd floor 
    You’ll be at the edge of your seat as this light-hearted animated adventure, made with hundreds of chalk drawings, unfolds. Recommended for ages 8+. Duration 80 minutes. Late seating not guaranteed. 
  • Short Films: Program 2 | 2:50 PM
    Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, enter via 3rd floor 
    Enjoy a variety of animated, live action, experimental and documentary films especially for kids ages 7–12. Duration about 70 minutes. 


  • Make a Storyboard |10:45 AM–4 PM
    1st floor 
    Stop by and use a variety of mark-making materials to create your own storyboard, a tool/technique used by filmmakers all around the world. For all ages; younger children will need adult assistance. 
  • Family Animation Workshops | 11:45 AM, 1:30 + 3:00 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab*
    Find out how to create the illusion of motion by making a flip-book, then work together with animation artists to transform your drawings into short films using our smartphones and an app.
    *Participants MUST sign up in advance at the Family Info Table on the first floor. Space is limited; best for ages 6+ with adults. All participants are required to arrive 5 minutes before the workshop start time. Workshop duration is one hour.

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