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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, presented by PNC Arts Alive

Art Splash

June 30–September 3, 2018
Main building

This summer Art Splash is bringing a little piece of the big city inside for kids and their grown-ups. Enjoy the shapes and colors, sights and sounds of the exhibition Modern Times and play in our own mini metropolis. Museum admission for kids twelve and under is always free.

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Family Programs

Spend quality, creative time with your family. Children under 12 are always free. All family programs are included with Museum admission.

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Baby Bird Playdate
July & August: Tuesdays & Fridays at 10:15 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.​

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

Wednesday Night Family Studio
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​Stay up late and make some art before bedtime.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sensory-Friendly Mornings
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Reservations required
Space is limited. To reserve your spot, email .

These mornings are specially designed for children on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory sensitivities. The lights, volume, and crowds are turned down but not the fun or creativity.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grown-ups 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, September 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Art Explorers
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
For ages 3–5 and 6–10

Look, learn, and tell us what you think on these playful tours.

  • Monster Mash-Up
    • Sunday, October 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, October 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, October 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
          ​Meet mixed-up mythological creatures in art from all around the world. Then unleash wild imagination and create your own hybrid beasts.
      • Outside the Lines
        • Sunday, November 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, November 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
            ​Walk the straight and narrow, or push the boundaries? On these Sundays we look closely at lines of all kinds and discover artists who bent the rules.

Family Balcony Studio
Perfect for all ages

You’ve discovered art in our galleries, now create a masterpiece of your own.

  • Monster Mash-Up
    • Sunday, October 14, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, October 21, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, October 28, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
          ​Meet mixed-up mythological creatures in art from around the world. Then unleash wild imagination and create your own hybrid beasts.
      • Outside the Lines
        • Sunday, November 11, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, November 18, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            ​Walk the straight and narrow, or push the boundaries? On these Sundays we look closely at lines of all kinds and discover artists who bent the rules.

Trick-or-Treat
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Trick-or-treat through the galleries and make some spooky artwork. Come dressed up and get some more mileage out of your Halloween costume.

Turkey Hangover
Great Stair Hall Balcony

Work off your Thanksgiving feast with a stroll through the galleries, and gobble up some art while creating expressions of thanks in the Balcony Studio.

Mini Tours: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. hourly
  • Friday, November 23, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 25, 2018, 10:30 a.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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Art Protection Squad
Sunday, October 7, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​How does a big museum take care of thousands of artworks? Heroes from our Conservation department share how they use science to keep our art safe. Meet artists whose work is inspired by science at our Invention Station.

Dazzling Diwali
Sunday, November 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Performances at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights and take a shine to some artworks from South Asia. Glow with pride as you create your own masterpiece, and be dazzled by a dance performance.

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Children’s Art Classes

Young artists get to know the Museum inside and out during these award-winning classes. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. $160 ($130 members)

Fall classes begin Tuesday, September 25; online registration begins July 30, 2018. You can also register by calling 215-235-7469. Tuition assistance available upon request. A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to phone orders ($3.50; $2.50 member).

Support for Children‘s Art Classes has been provided by Ellen and Mickey Simon.

Weekday Classes for Ages 3–5
Tuesdays, September 25–December 4, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, September 26–December 5, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Thursdays, September 27–December 6, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
No classes the week of Thanksgiving.

Saturday Classes for Ages 3–12
September 29–December 8. No classes the week of Thanksgiving.
Ages 3–4, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (Morning classes sold out)
Ages 5–6, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (Morning classes sold out)
Ages 7–8, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; or 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Ages 9–12, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; or 1:00–3:00 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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