See, Play, Make… Take a Break!

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See

Hit all the galleries, then stop by the Poss Family Mediatheque to learn more about the art and artists on view at the ICA. Browse photos, videos, interviews, and much more. 

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Play

Have a wee one in tow? Create an engaging museum experience for even the littlest visitor with ICA Gallery Games, a free pack filled with activities and tips for looking at and talking about the art on view. Available at the Holly and David Bruce Visitor Center. Recommended for ages 2 and up.

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Make

Do your kids like to draw? Ask the front desk staff for sketching supplies to use during your museum visit. Step outside to our Grandstand during the warmer months with colored pencils, pens, or markers, or sketch with pencil in our galleries.

Join us the last Saturday of each month for Play Dates! Free for families,* Play Dates offer a full day of activities—including hands-on art-making, performance, family gallery tours, films, and more. See our calendar for a schedule of upcoming Play Dates and other kid-centric events.

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Take a Break

Need a break? Spend some down-time in our Family Library in the Poss Family Mediatheque. Selected to complement exhibitions, highlight the creative process, or give insight into architecture, these books are best for children ages 3–8. 

Saturdays and Sundays at 11 AM and 2 PM, snuggle up on big comfy pillows for in-gallery story hours at Books and Looks, staff-led readings of picture books that relate to the art on view and are accompanied by looking activities. Ask Visitor Assistants for themes and locations. Times may vary during Play Dates or holidays.

First time at a museum? Here are some tips.

Please ask!

Have questions about something you see? The Visitor Assistants stationed in every gallery are there to help. Ask away!

Please walk, and hold hands.

Remind children never to run inside the museum and to always stay with an adult. We don’t want kids to get hurt or bump into the art by accident! If you have a child under the age of five, please hold his or her hand when in the galleries.

Please talk—quietly.

We love to hear conversation in the galleries; please talk with inside voices.

Please don’t touch. (Unless signs say otherwise!)

This is to protect the objects from being damaged and also because our fingers have natural oils that can leave harmful prints on artworks. Also, contemporary art uses a wide variety of media, which may include staining, toxic, and/or sharp materials. Instead, encourage your child to think about how it was made and imagine what it feels like.

If a member of the ICA staff asks you or your child to step away from a work of art, please respect the request. 

It is the job of ICA Security Guards and Visitor Assistants to protect the art—and you!

At the Museum

Changing stations are located in both the women’s and men’s restrooms on the first and fourth floors. 

Strollers are permitted throughout the ICA. For safety, please do not leave strollers unattended. 

Children are welcome in the Water Café. Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the museum, but may be enjoyed outside on the Grandstand. 

*On these days, admission is free for families (up to two adults per family with children 12 and under). All activities are designed for children and adults to do together. No prior registration is necessary, but families are encouraged to arrive early to take full advantage of the day’s events.

Play Dates are sponsored by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, and Holly and David Bruce.