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.

Visit our galleries for family pop-up talks, try yoga for families, create mixed-media artworks, sketch in color, and take in a concert and body percussion performance in our theater featuring SR9 Trio from France, back by popular demand! 

Family Performance

SR9 Trio | 1:30 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 3rd floor
Don’t miss this exciting body percussion performance featuring a trio of artists from France, back at the ICA by popular demand. You’ll be invited to take part!

Art Making Activities

  • “Who Are WE THE PEOPLE?” Mixed-Media Animated Video Workshop | Sessions at 11 AM, 12:15, 2:20 + 3:30 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab, 1st Floor

    Visit the galleries to see artwork by artist Nari Ward and then create unique portraits of your own. Visiting artists will create an animated video using artworks by kids and adults in each workshop session. Space is limited. Best for ages 6+ with adults.
  • Family “Life” Rubbing Workshop | 11 AM–1 PM
    State Street Corporation Lobby
    See work by artist Jennifer Bornstein in our galleries then work together with your family to create a “rubbing” that shows and tells about your family life. For all ages, very young children will need adult guidance.
  • Sketching | 2–4 PM
    John Hancock Founders Gallery, 4th floor
    Join us for a relaxing time looking out onto Boston Harbor. Draw from your imagination or capture what you see. All materials provided. For all ages.

In the Galleries

Open for families 10 AM–5 PM.

  • Books and Looks | 10:30, 11:00 + 11:30 AM
    Poss Family Mediatheque, 4th floor
    Staff led picture book readings highlight themes related to the art and architecture. Best for ages 3-8 and adults together.
  • Family Pop-Up Talks | 11:30 AM, 12, 12:30, 2:30, 3 + 3:30 PM
    4th floor galleries
    Staff facilitated discussions for adults and kids together delve deeper while examining artworks.

​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, and Holly and David Bruce.