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.

Journey through the ICA galleries and take in an exhibition featuring artworks by musician and artist Jason Moran. Later, don’t miss art making for families on stage in our Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Listen and draw to jazz together featuring local jazz musicians jamming.

Family Art Making Activities

Binocular Making, 11 AM–12:30 PM
Founders Gallery
Create your own designs to decorate mini-binoculars, then enjoy looking across Boston Harbor.

Drawing to Jazz, 11:30 AM–noon + 1–3 PM
ICA Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater stage, 2nd floor
Drop in, listen to live jazz improvisation, find out more about what improvisation is, and try our drawing challenges designed especially for families. All tools and materials provided.

Sketching for all ages, 2–4 PM
Founders Gallery or Grandstand, weather permitting
Capture the view or draw from your imagination.

Every Play Date includes

Exhibitions on View, 10 AM–5 PM
Have questions? Talk to our Visitor Assistants, always ready to hear your ideas and inquiries about the art and exhibitions on view.
Books and Looks, 10:45, 11:15 and 11:45 AM

Poss Family Mediatheque, 4th floor
Staff-led picture book readings invite kids and their adults to make connections to art on view and ICA architecture. Best for ages 3-7 and adults together.
Casual Family Tours, 2–4 PM

ICA galleries, 4th floor
Look for tour guides, wearing a lavender ASK ME button, and choose artworks to talk about together.
Family Pop-Up Talks, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 PM

ICA galleries, 4th floor
Staff-led discussions for kids and adults together go into depth about one work of art. Look for the big blue pillows or ask an ICA Visitor Assistant for today’s locations.

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 back for programming details and schedules as program dates approach. 

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