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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.

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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Family Tours
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

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

  • Impressionism & Imagination
    • Sunday, April 30, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      ​Explore a magical world of light and color.
  • Get Playful
    • Sunday, May 14, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Sunday, May 21, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
        • Sunday, May 28, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
          ​Discover how artists are inspired by toys, games, and make believe.
      • Art in Motion
        • Sunday, June 11, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
          • Sunday, June 18, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
            Art can move you! Discover jousting knights, floating sculptures, works on wheels and art made for motion.

Family Art Cart
Location: In the galleries
Perfect for all ages

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

  • Sunday, April 30, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 28, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 11, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 18, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 25, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grownups with babies

Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are always welcome in our galleries, and we're making it a bit easier for you with our stroller tours. If the baby fusses don't fret -- you'll be in good company.

  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Baby Bird Playdate
Tuesdays (6/27/17-9/1/17) and Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in Education Studios 1 & 2
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

Play at the Museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making and gallery walks.​

There will be no Baby Bird Playdate on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Storytime in the Galleries
Wednesdays June 28-August 30, 2017
Location: Splash Studios
Best for ages 6 and under

Get comfy and listen to a story that connects with a work of art.

Family Date Night

Art Splash stays up late on Final Fridays.

  • Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 28, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 25, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 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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Spring into Design
Sunday, May 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Spring is in full swing in the Perelman Building. Discover the beauty of embroideries from India and see how designers use nature in their work.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Atrium Studio
11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Musical performances from the North Indian tradition by Thomas Wave (sitar) and Lenny Seidman (tabla)

Marvelous Materials
Sunday, June 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

What's it made of? Experiment with techniques and textures and meet artist who uses mixed-up media.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet the Artist
11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours

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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.

The spring session of art classes begin the week of April 18th, 2017. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks. Registration for the spring semester for returning students only begins March 7th and for new students on March 28th at 10:00 a.m. To register by phone, call (215) 235-SHOW (7469). A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to all phone orders (member $2.50, nonmember $3.50). There is no service charge for reservations made at the Museum.

Tuition assistance is available upon request.

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Weekday Classes - Spring Session
April 18-20 & May 2-18, 2017
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins March 7, 2017
Open registration begins March 28, 2017
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Paid reservations required
Tuition: $65 ($50 members)

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. Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class.

Children ages 3–5
  • Tuesday
    April 18 & May 2-16, 2017
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    April 19 & May 3-17, 2017
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    April 20 & May 4-18, 2017
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday Classes - Spring Session
April 22 & May 6-20, 2017
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins March 7, 2017
Open registration begins March 28, 2017
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Paid reservations required
Tuition: $65 ($50 members)

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. Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class.

  • 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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