Celebrate the creativity and magic of spooky season with artmaking and gallery fun! Create your own shadow puppets with Shadow Play artist Lily Xie in the Bank of America Art Lab. Pick up a Shadow Play Gallery Guide and visit the 4th floor to see more ways that artists tell stories through light, form, and sound. Families are welcome to dress in costumes! Reserve free admission tickets online in advance. * 

*On Saturday, October 28, 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. All activities are drop-in, first come first served, space is limited.  

Shadow Play with Lily Xie, 10 AM–3 PM

1st Floor, Art Lab

Meet and make Lily Xie, the artist behind Shadow Play! Artists of all ages are invited to experiment with shape, shadow, and light as they create and perform their own shadow puppets. Drop-in, first come first served, space is limited. Last entry to the Art Lab will be 2:30PM.

Shadow Play will be on view most Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 PM through December. More information and hours can be found here. 

Books + Looks, 11:30 AM + 12:30 PM

4th Floor, Mediatheque

Come up to the Mediatheque 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. 

Shadow Play Gallery Guides, 10 AM–4 PM

4th Floor, Galleries

Pick up a Shadow Play Gallery Guide from the Art Lab and head to the 4th floor to view our current exhibits: Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s – Today, Taylor Davis Selects: Invisible Ground of Sympathy, the 2023 James and Audrey Foster Prize, and Tammy Nguyen. Visitors are encouraged to think about how artists tell their own stories through light, form, and transformation 

ICA Bat Booth

1st Floor, Elevator

Bring home a special Halloween memory! The ICA’s glass elevator transforms into a dramatic Bat Booth, where you can snap a pic with friends, family, and hundreds of winged creatures of the night.

About the Artist

Lily Xie (she/they) is a Chinese-American artist and educator whose socially-engaged work explores desire, memory, and self-actualization for communities at the margins. In collaboration with local residents and grassroots organizers, she facilitates creative projects with a focus on public space, housing, and racial justice. The work they create together often takes the form of animation, video, print media, and installation. 

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.

Questions? Reach us at familyprograms@icaboston.org.