We each have the power to write our own stories. What is your story? How will it be told? Drawing inspiration from our newest exhibition i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times, we’ll play with and learn from our visiting educators this month: theatre and play experts The Gottabees, and storytellers and educators from 826 Boston, a youth writing and publishing organization. Sharpen your pencils and prepare for our next adventure! 

Advanced registration required. Participants must supply their own materials.

Registration for February Play Date is currently closed, but you could sign-up early for March Play Date: Contemporary Practices in Comics & Illustrations

Live Program Schedule 

Little Play Date 
For kids ages 5 and under + their grownups 

What We Found in the Forest with The Gottabees 
10 – 10:45 AM EST

We are all surrounded by stories, we just have to FIND them!  Join Bonnie of The Gottabees as we peek into the wonders of our house and transform our living space into a forest of delights and surprises. We’ll learn how to create stories as a family using movement, puppets, and, of course, PLAY! Clear some space for safe movement and play, no need to collect materials in advance.

Play Date After School 
For kids of all ages + their grownups 

From Here and Back:
Time Traveling Flash Stories with 826 Boston
3:30 – 4:15 PM EST

Join educators Sherell and Ariel from 826 Boston and create unforgettable, super short stories that take your characters from Ancient Egypt, to the Harlem Renaissance, and beyond! 

Materials:   

  • 3-5 sheets of paper 
  • A pencil with an eraser 
  • Drawing materials like crayons or markers 

What We Found in the Forest with The Gottabees 
4:30 – 5:15 PM EST 

We are all surrounded by stories, we just have to FIND them!  Join Bonnie of The Gottabees as we peek into the wonders of our house and transform our living space into a forest of delights and surprises. We’ll learn how to create stories as a family using movement, puppets, and, of course, PLAY! Clear some space for safe movement and play, no need to collect materials in advance.   

Self-Serve Activities

A film poster with stills from various short films

Family Virtual Cinema 

Kick back from the comfort of your home, and watch art unfold with the family! Grab some popcorn and delve into a selection of inspiring short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Watch now


Downloadable Activities 

On your own time, download new hands-on artmaking activities and dive deeper into self-discovery and artmaking with household materials. Check out this month’s activities!

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Stories through Collage

Make art

 

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Story of Me

Make art

 

Artist Bios 

A red-headed woman surrounded by stuff dolls.

Photo by Liz Linder

The Gottabees are a Boston-based ensemble who have been happily making “super fun theater for the whole family” for the past seven years. They have performed for audiences across the region, throughout the U.S., and beyond. You may recognize them from their shows: Squirrel Stole My Underpants, Lollipops for Breakfast, and Go Home Tiny Monster. The Gottabees’ mission is to inspire community, connection, and joy by providing an outlet for families to giggle, gasp, sigh, and cheer together. The Gottabees want children (and adults!) to know in their hearts that they, too, can make theater wherever they are and whomever they are.
 

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Facilitators Sherell Barbee and Ariel Heim join us from 826 Boston, a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization dedicated to empowering traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life.  Learn more at 826boston.org.


Virtual Play Date activities are designed for kids and their grownups to participate together. Workshops will be held on video conferencing platforms and will be live and interactive. Recommended ages are provided as a guide, but you know your child best! If you have questions about a particular workshop, don’t hesitate to reach us at familyprograms@icaboston.org.

Are there access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program (e.g. captioning, ASL, post-program transcript)? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org.

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.