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.

Ignite your imagination just in time for Halloween! Today’s activities explore ways artists work with materials, shapes, and scale. Try your hand at making moving puppets in our art-making workshop or take your time making a life-size sketch while overlooking Boston Harbor. Share your creativity. Kids are invited to come in Halloween costumes today!

  • Books and Looks | 10:45, 11:15 + 11:45 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.
  • Puppet Making | 11 AM–1:30 PM + 2–4 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab
    Visit the Mark Dion exhibition and then make a puppet inspired by the natural world. For all ages, very young children will need adult support.
  • Family Dance Workshops | 12:30 + 1:30 PM
    Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater    
    Learn some new moves together! Today’s dance workshops are for adult/child pairs, ages 5+. Led by Henry Kasdon from Rainbow Tribe (and his daughter.)
  • Sketching | 1–4 PM
    John Hancock Founders Gallery
    Try your hand at capturing the view or draw from your imagination. Special today: Meet and draw a superhero created by local artist Basil El Halwagy from 2–4 PM. All materials provided. Best for ages 4+. First come, first served and space is limited.
  • 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.

 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 icaboston.org 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.