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 out your family’s contemporary art sleuthing skills in our galleries with the help of our visiting assistants: how does the art on view connect to your lives? Design and construct small-scale bridges with the help of onsite architects and engineers to guide you, then “test” how your bridges bear weight. And don’t miss a performance by “Bubble Artist” Casey Carle in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at 1:30 PM. Bubblemania is best for children ages 6 and up, and the program will include participation from audience members, laughs, and fun for all ages. 


Casey Carle and Bubblemania | 1:30 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 3rd floor
Don’t miss your chance to see a treasured bubble artist in action, including lots of laughs and audience participation throughout the show. Casey’s creations include intricate, imaginative bubble art forms plus he “envelops” people (maybe you!)  inside bubbles. Doors open at 1:15 PM; enter via the third floor. Space is limited; first come, first served.

  • Bridge Building Workshop | 10:30 AM–1:30 PM + 2:15–4 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab
    Design then make your own suspension, arch, or beam bridges using mixed materials, popsicle sticks, and glue.
    Bridge building is a two-step process for all participants due to need for design, layout, assembly, and glue drying time. Staff will lend support to all families. For all ages; young children will need adult guidance.

  • Sketching | 12:30–4 PM
    Grandstand weather permitting or John Hancock Founders Gallery, 4th floor
    Sketch from your imagination or capture the view of Boston Harbor on paper.
    For all ages and all materials are provided.


Family Yoga* | 11:45 AM + 12:30 PM
Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld Harborwalk
Stretch and move by Boston Harbor! Take part in yoga featuring moves and poses especially for kids and adults together.
Space is limited; first come, first served. Best for children ages 5+ paired with an adult.*Weather dependent!

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

  • Family Pop-up Talks | 1, 2:30, 3 + 3:30 PM
    4th floor galleries, ask ICA Visitor Assistants for location (or look for the big blue pillows on the gallery floor)
    Staff facilitated discussions focus on close looking at 1-2 specific works of art and invite comments from both kids and adults.

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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