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.

Tour the ICA galleries for such exhibitions as Entangled in the Everyday, then follow the lead of today’s animation artist in the Bank of America Art Lab. Use everyday and repurposed materials to create serious, silly, or even spooky puppets, and original puppet shows. Want more action? Catch hip-hop and freestyle dance and movement workshops for kids and adults together in our Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater.


Family Art Making Activities, 10 AM–4 PM
Our art making activities are all designed for kids and adults to do together. Very young children will need adult support.

Puppet Making, 10:45 AM–1 PM and 2–4 PM
Bank of America Art Lab, 1st floor
Imagine, plan and design sock puppet-companions for your family. Use color, drawing and sewing to create puppets you bring to life.

Sketching and Drawing, 1–4 PM
ICA Common Room, 1st floor
Sketch the views of Boston Harbor or draw from your imagination. All tools and materials are provided.
Today’s art challenge: creating story scenes featuring drawing on black paper.

Family Dance and Movement Workshops, 11:30 AM, 12:30 AM, and 1:15 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 2nd Floor
Hip-hop, Street Dance and Break Dance/Movement Workshops for families* led by Henry Kasdon of Rainbow Tribe
Workshops are for kids + adults of all ages participating together. Space is limited.
*Please sign up at the Family Info table, 1st floor.


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 are welcome; programs are best suited for ages 6 and older. Check for programming details and schedules as program dates approach.

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