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Family Day: Secret Codes


A drag queen in a pink wig looks up from the children's book she is holding.

Muffy Fishbasket and friends at the MCA's 50th Anniversary Weekend

Photo: Grace DuVal for Time Out Chicago
A group of people write and draw using supplies from a wooden cart with an umbrella sticking out of the middle.

Community members participating during a free Mobile Street Art Cart Workshop in Little Village Park

Photo: William Estrada


Communicate, miscommunicate, and get lost in translation with Billy McGuinness, Story Time with Drag Queens, Mobile Street Art Cart, and more.


  • Story Time with Drag Queens

Read picture books with Muffy Fishbasket and Lucy Stoole. Become a reading queen with a crown and book of your own.

  • William Estrada, Mobile Street Art Cart

Screen print a poster and add your voice to our collective installation.

  • Corinne Mucha

Create your own hidden messages with scratch-off stickers.

  • Billy McGuinness

Discover unexpected drawings while building with blocks.

  • Edra Soto

Hand-make shells to give old bottles new life.

  • Coyote Scavenger Hunt

Follow the clues to hidden artworks in the galleries.

Family Days are free monthly programs for kids and their grownups where Chicago artists transform the museum. Enjoy free admission while taking part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, and performances, all designed and led by Chicago artists.

Family Days are the second Saturday of every month through the spring, from 11 am–3 pm. This season, join us Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 14, and May 12.


Support for Family Programs is provided in part by the MCA Women’s Board Family Education Initiative.