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Create your own Play Date from home! Explore exhibitions The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection, Raúl de Nieves: The Treasure House of Memory2021 James and Audrey Foster Prize, and Deana Lawson with your family from home through downloadable activities and a virtual cinema. Register now to receive email reminders + digital activities sent straight to your inbox.

Please note there are no virtual workshops or on-site programming this month, and the Bank of America Art Lab is currently closed. 

Self-Guided Activities 

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Family Virtual Cinema: Gather the family for movie night at home and watch short films for, by, and about kids! Enjoy a curated collection of short films from the Boston International Kids Film Festival. The virtual cinema will be viewable from Nov 24 through Nov 28 only. Roughly 1 hour viewing time.

The Virtual Cinema has closed.


Learn more about BIKFF

The 9th annual Boston International Kids Film Festival takes place November 19-21, 2021. Join in person or online events, and enjoy new films for, by, and about kids! Tickets on sale now, learn more today

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New Activities 

Panoramic Personality Portraits

Make individual or group portraits using the panoramic mode on your smartphone’s camera. Express an array of feelings and personalities through this fun family activity!

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Stop Motion Movie-Making at Home 

Learn how to make stop motion animations with found objects and using a free and easy to use app on your smartphone! Bring the world around you to life! 

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Deana Lawson Family Resource Guide 

Interested in the newly opened Deana Lawson exhibition, but don’t know where to start? Use our Family Resource Guide to start family-focused discussions, scavenger hunts in the galleries, art activities to do at home, and a recommended book list. Download the guide here

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Gratitude Activities 

In the spirit of giving thanks, take some time during the holiday to reflect on what you’re grateful for and how to express it. Meditate with these activities: 

Free Admission for Families

Sat, Nov 27, 10 AM – 5 PM

On Saturday, November 27, museum admission is FREE for families when accompanied by kids ages 12 and under, with up to 2 adults per family. Timed tickets must be reserved online in advance. Use the code PLAYDATE when checking out for family free admission on this day. Tickets requested day-of are not guaranteed.  In-person and all on-site programming has currently been suspended.

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Your support helps keeps programs like this – both virtual and in-person – free and accessible in this time of uncertainty. If you are able, please consider becoming a member or making a one-time gift to support the ICA. 

ICA Kids and Family programs are supported, in part, by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld, the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, the Willow Tree Fund, and Raymond T. & Ann T. Mancini Family Foundation.