Celebrate Pride month with a day of fun family activities highlighting LGBTQIA+ communities and allies! Pull up a seat for live story times with local Drag Queen Missy Steak! Create sparking art with artists from the Haus of Glitter! Browse the pop-up LGBTQIA+ book store by Porter Square Books: Boston Edition! Explore the many artworks on view in the galleries created by queer identifying artists and celebrating LGBTQIA+ identities and communities, and engage in activities designed for families with kids to work on together. 

*On Saturday, June 25, museum admission is FREE for families when accompanied by kids ages 12 and under, with up to 2 adults per family. Timed entry tickets are required, and advance reservations are strongly recommended. Day-of tickets are not guaranteed. Use code PLAYDATE to get free tickets. 

Drag Queen Storytime with Missy Steak, 11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM

Pull up a seat for live story times with Boston-based Drag Queen, Missy Steak! Enjoy a journey through exciting story-book read-alouds, and connect with a local artist! All activities are drop-in, first-come-first-serve basis and space is limited. 


Merfolk Dreamworlds with The Haus of Glitter, 11 AM-4 PM

Drop into the Art Lab to work with a local artist from Haus of Glitter. All activities are drop-in, first-come-first-serve basis and space is limited. The Haus of Glitter is rehearsing for a world that values Queer Feminist BIPOC Care, Healing & Liberation. Through this workshop families are invited to imagine a better world with Sita Coulibaly, Co-Founder of The Haus of Glitter + Co-Director of The Yeredon Centre in Mali, West Africa! Draw with us! Paint with us! Sing with us! Breathe with us! Reimagine with us!


Pop-Up LGBTQIA+ Book Nook, 10 AM-4 PM

Enjoy a pop-up book nook by Porter Square Books: Boston Edition! Browse LGBTQIA+ family reading resources & children’s books. Books available for purchase. Learn more about our new bookstore neighbors here.


In the Galleries, 10 AM–5 PM

4th Floor, Galleries

Our Visitor Assistants (VA) are always eager to talk about the artworks and answer your questions. Pick up a gallery game card to explore the museum as a “Thinker, Maker, Explorer, or Performer.” Great for a variety of ages and for intergenerational audiences to play together. Cards are available on the 4th floor. Questions? Ask a VA on the 4th floor. Only #2 pencils allowed in the galleries. 

Activity cards with prompts and graphics


Artist Bios

Missy Steak

Photo of a drag queen in a pink and blue sparkly outfit posed against a starry garland

Missy Steak is a Boston drag queen with a penchant and a passion for comedy and culture. She has hosted, produced, and performed throughout Boston at places like; Brick & Mortar in Cambridge, The ICA, The House of Blues, a water taxi, Machine Nightclub, and A4cade.  

It is my mission as a drag queen, an artist, and a person, to create spaces where joy can be celebrated, kindness reciprocated and appreciated. Where sadness is alleviated, and no person is alienated. Any event I am involved with reflects my values as a person, which includes; kindness, inclusivity, positivity, diversity, and community. -Missy


Haus of Glitter

A group of people posed in traditional cultural dress on a doorstep

The Haus of Glitter Dance Company (based in Providence, RI) works, through movement and choreography, to shift the energetic center of the universe towards Queer Feminist BIPOC Liberation. In the work we share and co-create with audiences, we strive to embody ancestral liberation, healing and love in every step and every breath of our creative process and pedagogy. Our choreography aims to reach beyond the stage and into the streets; into our homes; into our institutions; into our hearts. 


Facebook + Instagram: @hausofglitterdanceco

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition/ Grub Street 

Porter Square Books logo

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition is now open in the Seaport at 50 Liberty Drive, Boston, MA 02110. Porter Square Books: Boston Edition and GrubStreet will host a wide range of literary events for all ages of readers and all interests, featuring nationally recognized as well as local authors. Shopping at this bookstore also supports GrubStreet, one of the nation’s leading creative writing centers.


ICA Watershed

Interested in visiting ICA Watershed in East Boston? Please note, there are no Play Date activities at Watershed, and you will need to select the General Admission & Water Shuttle ticket to visit ICA Watershed on this day.  
See our newly opened Revival: Materials and Monumental Forms at the ICA Watershed! ICA Water Shuttle service between the ICA and the ICA Watershed is free with ICA general admission and requires a timed ticket to board. Reserve Water Shuttle tickets (which includes general admission to the museum) with code PLAYDATE here 


Free Admission for Youth

Youth 18 and under always receive FREE museum admission. The ICA is committed to providing access to the art and artists of our time—and we do this with the incredible support of our community. Explore the +1 Membership: A free ICA membership program for youth 0-18.

Questions? Reach us at familyprograms@icaboston.org.

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Your support helps keeps programs like this – both virtual and in-person – free and accessible in this time of uncertainty. If you are able, please consider becoming a member or making a one-time gift to support the ICA. 

ICA Kids and Family programs are supported, in part, by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld, the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, the Willow Tree Fund, and Raymond T. & Ann T. Mancini Family Foundation.