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.

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

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Deepen your relationship with the MCA. Our Household Membership ($85) 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.

Upcoming Family Events

Family Days

Family Days are back this year as virtual family activities! Live artist-led activities for all-ages will be streamed at 10–11am on Facebook Live on Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 10, and May 8, 2021. Check the event pages listed above for more information.

Family Resources

New at-home activity guides for families are added to our Learning Resources page monthly.

Park Voyagers

The MCA is proud to be one of 11 Chicago cultural institutions that make up Museums In the Park. Through this partnership and generous support from the Chicago Park District, the MCA participates in the Park Voyagers program, which provides Chicago youth with after-school art programs and families with on-site programming at the museum.

For further information and family resources from all 11 MIP museums, check out

MCA Store

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


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