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ICA Play Dates 2024

Free (plus parking)

ICA Play Dates


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Last Saturdays (of the month)

10:00am - 4:00pm

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)


Play Dates occur every month except December. Enjoy a full day of activities—including hands-on art-making, performance, films, and more.

Use the promo code PLAYDATE when reserving tickets. Families include up to 2 adults (accompanied by children 12 + under) for free.

  • Don't forget to ask visitor services for sketching supplies. In the warmer months, step outside to the Grandstand to draw inspiration from the harbor.

  • Try ICA Gallery Games for looking at and talking about the art on view.

  • Visit the Family Library in the Poss Family Mediatheque to browse kids books about art, creativity, architecture, and more.

  • Encourage curious children to imagine what an artwork feels like and how it was made rather than touching.

Parking can get tricky. There's a new parking garage behind the ICA that ranges from $15-$38.

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About FamilyFun

We're collecting cool experiences in (and around) the city -- and sharing them with you! Think of us as matchmakers between awesome programming and young families looking to create sweet memories! 

If you're ever looking for kid-friendly events — we’ll be here!! You can visit our calendar anytime to find tons of free (and close to free) things to do in Boston.

While we try our best to update content, information changes faster than we can keep up. For example, events have been cancelled or postponed due to weather and/or other emergencies. We may also unintentionally make a mistake. Please confirm details before heading out with your little one(s). You can do so by clicking on the "source" button below the map above. If you choose to sign up for different events, the organizations will often reach out to you directly.

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