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.

Explore the galleries, step inside the new Bank of America Art Lab installation by artist Saya Woolfalk and her daughter Aya, and create and add artworks that encourage hope and change. For more inspiration, take in a concert by youth from the Boston Children’s Chorus at 1:30 PM and find out how being active citizens of the world has changed BCC kids’ lives.

ART MAKING

Our art making activities are designed for children and adults to engage in together, working as teams or independently.
All ages are welcome. Very young children will need adult support. 

  • Drawing and Sketching | 10:30 AM–1:30 PM
    ICA Common Room, 1st floor
    Use a variety of tools and materials to sketch the view of Boston Harbor and/or draw from your imagination, then frame your art work. 
  • Hybrid-Digital Home | 11 AM–1:30 PM + 2:15–4 PM
    Bank of America Art Lab, 1st Floor
    Visit our new installation by artist Saya Woolfalk and her daughter Aya Woolfalk Mitchell. Find out out what makes an installation, then create drawings and patterns to take away or that can be added to our installation. Don’t miss Scratch demonstrations in the Bank of America Art Lab throughout the day. 
  • A Promise To Communicate | Ongoing, 10 AM–5 PM
    ICA lobby, 1st floor
    Step back and take a look at a world map sculpted with rough, gray blankets then step in and add your mark to our art wall created by Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu. Add drawings or write your thoughts about the best ways we can connect with each other.

Performance for Families

Boston Children’s Chorus | 1:30 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater
Today’s we welcome community partner Boston Children’s Chorus for a family performance. Kids from Boston and surrounding areas will present choral music including a culturally rich repertoire of songs from around the world. Theater entry via the 3rd floor.

In the Galleries

Our galleries are open from 10 AM–4 PM.
ICA Visitor Assistants gallery staff are always available to talk about the art and discuss questions from kids and adults.

  • Books and Looks | 10:45, 11:15 + 11:45 AM
    4th floor Poss Family Mediatheque
    Staff led picture book readings engage kids ages 3-8 and their adults in stories related to art, architecture, and creativity. 
  • Casual Family Tour Guides | 2–4 PM
    4th floor galleries
    Connect with our tour guide and arrange a mini-tour with artworks of your choice for your family and friends. 
  • Family Pop-up Talks | 2:30, 3 + 3:30 PM
    4th floor galleries
    Lively, staff facilitated discussions focus on one or two art works, incorporating commentary from kids and adults. Look for the blue pillows!

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 back for programming details and schedules as program dates approach. 


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

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