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.

Try our Gallery Games and family Pop-Up Talks, paint scenes of the sea en plein air, and enjoy a concert by the Farewells at 1:30 PM. To soak up the waning summer, bring a picnic, relax on the ICA grandstand overlooking Boston Harbor, and try outdoor family yoga and sketching activities for all ages.

Family Yoga | 11:30 AM + 12:30 PM
Outside on the Plaza (weather-permitting)
11:30 AM, for ages 4+ with adults
12:30 PM, for ages 6+ with adults
Space is limited.

FAMILY PERFORMANCE

Family Concert by The Farewells | 1:30 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 3rd floor
Today’s concert features original songs using a variety of instruments, including influences from folk, pop, indie, and electronic styles.

ART MAKING

  • Water, Water, Everywhere | 11 AM–4 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab
    Celebrate the seas all around us by working together on an enormous painting about islands and water. Then create original messages to put into bottles (and cast out to sea).
    Best for ages 5+ and adults together.
  • Making Family Portraits | 11 AM–1 PM
    Upper Lobby, 1st floor
    Take a look at the family portrait by artist Henry Taylor in the ICA Collection exhibition, 4th floor galleries, then use color and imagination to complete your own family portrait.
    For all ages, very young children will need adult support. Space is limited.
  • Sketching for all ages | 1–4 PM
    Grandstand (weather-permitting) or Founders Gallery, 4th floor
    Sketch from your imagination or capture your favorite view of Boston Harbor. All tools and materials provided.
    For all ages.

IN THE GALLERIES

  • Books and Looks | 10:30, 11 + 11:30 AM
    Poss Family mediatheque, 4th floor
    Staff led picture book readings relate to art on view and architecture of the ICA museum.
    Best for ages 3-8 and adults together.

  • Casual Family Tour Guide | 2–4 PM
    4th floor galleries
    Don’t miss your chance to share thoughts and questions about the art or museum building with our roaming tour guide.
  • Family Pop-up Talks |  2:30, 3 + 3:30 PM
    4th floor galleries
    Brief, staff-facilitated discussions for kids and adults together focus in depth on 1-2 works of art. Look for the blue pillows or ask our Visitor Assistants for location.

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.