The MCA is a great place for families to connect with contemporary art. We offer experiences that redefine the way that kids and families explore and create art together.


Artist-led activities on Family Days invite families to explore contemporary art together. Family Day Photo: Joshua Longbrake © MCA Chicago

Family Days

Family Days open up the museum as a space for experimentation and wonder for the whole family. Each month, take part in fresh, unexpected art experiences designed and led by contemporary artists. Family Days take place on the second Saturday, from 11 am–3 pm, October to May. Admission is free for families with kids 12 and under.

Stroller Tours

Experience a stimulating hour of art with your little one in tow every first Wednesday of the month. These tours are free with museum admission.

Family Conveniences

Park your stroller and backpacks at our complimentary coat check.

Diaper-changing stations are located in the first-floor restrooms.

Need to refuel?
MCA Café features a children’s menu every day. Grab a bite to eat together as a family.

Fun books, games, and toys can be purchased in the children’s section of the MCA Store.

Deepen your relationship with the MCA. Our Household Membership ($75) is perfect for families, providing free admission for two adults and youth under 18 throughout the year. To enroll, call Member Services at 312-397-4040 or sign up online.

Tips for visiting the MCA as a family

Exhibitions at the MCA are always changing, so there’s sure to be something new to explore each time you come to the museum. To help you make the most of your time, here are some tips for visiting the MCA as a family:

Pace yourself

Take your time. Choose a gallery, see which work of art catches your eye, and slow down to take a closer look. Don’t worry about trying to see everything in one visit.


Bring some paper and a pencil to sketch in the galleries. Become your own expert. Invent titles and stories about the art. Move your body: imitate a work of art's shapes, lines, or images. Find other shapes and lines that are similar throughout the building and in other artworks.


Sometimes people think they have to be quiet in a museum. That’s not the case here! We invite you to talk, laugh, and share ideas about what you see and notice. Use our resource, Asking Art: 10 Questions as a way to spark conversations while you’re here.

Rules of the road

Talk through these helpful guidelines together before you take to the galleries.

Can I touch the art?

Look with your eyes, not with your hands. Salts and oils on people’s hands can damage the artwork. But sometimes we do invite you to touch—so watch out for signs.

Can I draw or write?

Feel free to draw or write. Use a pencil, please, and think of new ideas and images.

Can I run?

We prefer that you walk. There are lots of people and objects around you. We want them—and you—to be safe.