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Family Day: Keep it Cozy

Program Description

Chicago artists transform the museum for kids and their grown-ups. Enjoy free admission while taking part in workshops, open-studio sessions, gallery tours, and performances.

This month, escape the holiday madness and slow down.


  • Angela James
  • Listen to live musicians play lullabies.

Performances at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Ongoing (11 am–3 pm):

  • William Estrada

Take a family portrait.

  • Diana Gabriel

Reflect on 2019 while creating Colombian año viejo dolls.

  • Hibernation hunt

Find quiet places to meditate in the galleries.

Family Days are organized by Grace Needlman, Manager of Youth and Family Programs, and Emily Gallaugher, Coordinator of Family, Youth, School, and Teacher Programs.

Family Days 2019–20

Join us the second Saturday of every month through the spring, from 11 am–3 pm. See below for a list of dates:

  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14
  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 14
  • April 11

May 9

Families at the MCA

A large group of children and adults gather around a freestanding doorway-like sculpture in a brightly lit gallery space.

Artist-led activities on Family Days invite families to explore contemporary art together. Family Day

Photo: Joshua Longbrake © MCA Chicago

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.


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