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Play Date: Collecting Nature
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.
Spend Thanksgiving weekend—one of our busiest—at the ICA! Step inside the experience of artist Mark Dion to see the natural world in new ways. Take time to try your hand at gallery activities together or step into the Bank of America Art Lab for art-making investigations using materials collected from nature. And don’t miss family performances in our Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater!
- Lollipops for Breakfast | 1 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater
Join us for a wordless puppet adventure by the Gottabees featuring live music – and stick around to meet the artists onstage after the show! Free tickets will be distributed starting at 11 in the main lobby of the ICA.
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Art Making for kids + adults together
Today’s activities are adaptable for all ages of participants. Youngest children will need adult guidance.
- World in a Box | 11 AM–1 PM + 2–4 PM
Bank of America Art Lab
Visit the exhibition of work by artist Mark Dion, then used mixed media to create a book together with your family.
- Making Family Portraits | 11 AM–12:30 PM
Visit a painting by artist Henry Taylor then use collage and mark making tools to make a family portrait.
- Drawing and Sketching | 12–4 PM
Capture the view or draw from your imagination. All tools and materials provided.
Open from 10 AM–5 PM
- Books and Looks | 10:30, 10:45, 11:15 + 11:45 AM
Staff-led picture-book readings highlight arts and architecture connections for family visitors. Best for ages 3–8 with adults.
- Casual Family Tours | 2–4 PM
Look for our tour guide then take a mini-tour in the galleries, with just your family and friends.
- Family Pop-up Talks | 2:30, 3 + 3:30 PM
Galleries (Look for Blue Pillows)
Lively, staff-facilitated discussions focus on one or two artworks and include comments from kids and their adults.
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. There is no Play Date in December.
Play Dates are sponsored by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation.