Artists are storytellers! Join us for a day of family exploration at the ICA as we share and shape our own stories. Explore our new exhibition Simone Leigh and other exhibitions in the galleries and engage in activities designed for families with kids to work on together. Reserve free admission tickets online in advance*. All activities are drop-in, first come first served, space is limited. Galleries are open until 5 PM.

*On Saturday, April 29, museum admission is FREE for families when accompanied by kids ages 12 and under, with up to 2 adults per family. Tickets must be reserved online in advance. Use the code PLAYDATE when reserving your ticket(s). Advance tickets are strongly recommended; day-of tickets are not guaranteed. 

Art-making with Taína Vargas, 11 AM–3 PM

1st Floor, Art Lab 
Work with Boston artist Taína Vargas to create and build your own vessel out of air-dry clay. Explore materials and form to create a vessel that tells a story about who you are. Drop-in, first-come-first-served, and space is limited.

Mini Family Film Fest by Boston International Kids Film Festival, 11 AM–2 PM

3rd Floor, Theater (Accessible Entrance on 2nd Floor)
Relax in the Theater with the whole family and watch family-friendly short films curated by Boston International Kids Film Festival. Films will be played in a continuous loop and families are encouraged to come-and-go as they please! 

Books + Looks, 10:30 AM + 2 PM

4th Floor, Mediatheque 
Join for a staff led reading of family-friendly storybooks and make connections to artworks on view. Drop-in, first come, first serve, space is limited. 

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 1st and 4th floor near the elevators. Questions? Ask a VA on the 4th floor. Only #2 pencils allowed in the galleries. 

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. 

About the Artist

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Taína Vargas is a mother, artist, educator, and small business owner with roots in the Dominican Republic.  She has nearly two decades of experience providing quality art education to diverse learners. Taína’s studio practice centers around themes of gender, culture, and identity. She primarily works with photography, printmaking, ceramics, and mixed media. Taína splits her time between Boston and Western Mass.

About Boston International Kids Film Festival

The Boston International Kids Film Festival (BIKFF) highlights the talent of independent filmmakers everywhere while inspiring young people to share their own stories with the world. Created in 2013 by Filmmakers Collaborative, BIKFF is a weekend of workshops and screenings of family-friendly films, both professionally and student-made, hailing from countries that span the globe. Filmmakers Collaborative created the BIKFF with a goal of showing kids that making a film can be a powerful way to tell a story, express your emotions, state a point of view, and to have fun!

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ICA Kids and Family programs are supported, in part, by First Republic Bank and the Willow Tree Fund.