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Play Date: Uncovering Artists’ Stories
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 the exhibition Nari Ward: Sun Splashed and try your hand at related artmaking investigations together with your family. Don’t miss a special concert by Boston Children’s Chorus sharing music and stories from around the world.
Family Concert | 1:30 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater
Don’t miss today’s concert by our community partner Boston Children’s Chorus, including the Dorchester Advanced Training Choir and the Dorchester Intermediate Choir. Learn more about the Boston Children’s Chorus’s approaches to empowering kids as active citizens of the world through their afterschool music programs. Please plan ahead and arrive early as this concert usually fills up! Theater doors open at 1:15 PM.
Art Making Activities
- Looking Devices | 11 AM–1 PM
John Hancock Founders Gallery, 4th floor / Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld Harborway weather permitting
Use colored tape to decorate handy binoculars, then check out the view across Boston Harbor to East Boston, where the ICA will open a new site in summer 2018.
- Fish Out of Water | 11:15 AM–1:30 PM + 2:15–4:15 PM
Bank of America Art Lab, 1st floor
Try mirror symmetry to draw your own flying fish creatures, then add designs using colored pencils. For more fun, use stencils and cutting to create flying fish to add to our new art lab installation, complete with information about the places your family is from. Meet visiting artist Bennie Flores Ansell, who will be on site all day.
In the Galleries
Open for families 10 AM–5 PM.
- Books and Looks | 10:30, 11 + 11:30 AM
Poss Family Mediatheque or 4th floor galleries
Staff-led picture book readings make connections with themes related to the art on view or ICA architecture. Best for kids ages 3–8 and their accompanying adults.
- All-Ages Sketching and Drawing | 1:45–4 PM
John Hancock Founders Gallery, 4th floor / Grandstand weather permitting
Sketch the view of Boston Harbor or draw from your imagination. All tools and materials provided, along with technique suggestions upon request!
- Casual Family Tours | 2–4 PM
4th floor galleries
Strike up a conversation with our roaming tour guide, who will be in the galleries specifically focused on talking about the art and artists with children and families.
- Family Pop-up Talks, 2:30, 3 + 3:30 PM
4th floor galleries
Find out more about a work of art with lively discussions for kids and adults together, led by our Visitor Assistants. Look for the blue pillows and share your thoughts, questions, and ideas.
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.