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Family & Children's Programs

Let your creativity soar at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Explore a wide range of interactive programs designed for families with children ages 3–12. From large scale Special Family Events to intimate gallery tours, families can discover the world of art together.

Art Splash

Art Splash is back! Visit the Perelman Building this summer and enjoy Philadelphia’s place for creative play. From July 1 to Labor Day, families can discover Creative Africa through daily gallery explorations, studio art creations, interactive activities, and other imaginative programs. Museum admission for kids twelve and under is always free. View Art Splash Events >>


Family Programs

The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers plenty of Family Programs that allow children and parents to learn, create, and most important, have fun together. All programs and events are free. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Services Desk.

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Baby Bird Playdate
Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in the Perelman Building
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups
Free after admission

Enjoy circle time with music, games, gallery walks, and the company of other art-loving families.

Family Workshop
Location: Perelman Building
Kids ages 6-12 with an adult
Reservations required
$20 per person ($16 per member) for each class after Museum admission.
Both kids and grown-ups must register. Space is limited. Tuition is nonrefundable.

Roll up your sleeves and enjoy creative time as a family. Workshops include gallery conversations followed by collaborative art-making in the studios. Each class is offered twice and explores a wide variety of media.

You may register in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks or by phone by calling 215-235-7469.
  • Sound Structures
    • Saturday, July 30, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Saturday, August 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        Build a three-dimensional structure from all kinds of materials inspired by the exhibition The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community. Then, turn your creation into a sound speaker! Hook it up to a smartphone and other devices to play music through your structure and find out what other sounds it can make.
    • Light Prints
      • Saturday, August 13, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        • Saturday, August 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
          Print with sunlight to create your own photos –without the use of a camera! Get inspired by Three Photographers/Six Cities and other Creative Africa exhibitions as you experiment with light sensitive materials.

Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Perelman Building
Best for grownups with babies
Free after admission

Gallery tours for parents and caregivers with babes in tow. If the baby fusses don’t fret—you’ll be in good company.

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Family Tours
Tour meets in West Lobby

Creative play and participatory conversation make these tours the perfect introduction to art for young visitors and their families.

  • Time Travel
    • Sunday, September 11, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Sunday, September 18, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
        • Sunday, September 25, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
          The Museum is like a time machine—take a trip to the past without ever leaving our galleries.

Family Art Cart
Perfect for all ages

Drop in to play games, sketch from the masterpieces, and enjoy hands-on activities.

  • Sunday, September 11, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 18, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 25, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 16, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 23, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 30, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 27, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Family Festivals

Family Festivals showcase local and nationally recognized performance groups for an experience that combines the magic of the visual and performing arts. The Balcony Studio features art projects inspired by artwork in the Museum's collections.

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Sights & Sounds
Sunday, August 7, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Enjoy the music of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, a group of award-winning singers, dancers, and musicians from Liberia who now live in Philadelphia. Listen to the stories in their songs that promote change and social justice through art.

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change

Celebrate the New South Asian Galleries
Sunday, October 2, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Join us on the opening day of our South Asian art galleries and see what’s new. Move along with PENNaach and Penn Dhamaka, two South Asian fusion dance troupes from the University of Pennsylvania.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio

11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Performances by PENNaach and Penn Dhamaka

Portrait Party
Sunday, November 6, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Express yourself through portraiture and strike a pose in our photo booth. Get inspired by the faces in our galleries and laugh along with improv group StoryUP!

10:00-3:00 Balcony Studio

11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 Mini Tours

11:30 and 1:30 Performances by StoryUP!

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Children's Art Classes

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3-4 and Ages 3-5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class.

Tuition assistance is available upon request.

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Weekday Classes - Fall Session
September 27 - December 8, 2016
Location: Education Studios

Registration begins Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3–5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.

Children ages 3–5
  • Tuesday
    September 27 - December 6, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    September 28 - December 7, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    September 29 - December 8, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday Classes - Fall Session
October 1 - December 10, 2015
Location: Education Studios

Registration begins Tuesday, August 9, 2015.
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.

  • Children ages 3–4
    Children ages 5–6

    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Children ages 7–8
    Children ages 9–12
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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