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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

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
Fridays at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet in Education Studio 2
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

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

Family Art Workshop: Holiday Clay (ages 4–7 with an adult)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Studio 1
Paid tickets required
$20 ($16 members) per child

Sculpt festive decorations and more.

Space is limited. Adults must register as well and are free with admission. ​

Family Art Workshop: Holiday Clay (ages 8–12 with an adult)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Studio 1
Paid tickets required
$20 ($16 members) per child

Sculpt festive decorations and more.

Space is limited. Adults must register as well and are free with admission.

Family Balcony Studio
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Perfect for all ages

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

  • Jolly Jaunts
    • Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, December 23, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        ​Decorative arts meets Deck the Halls. Discover Museum treasures and make your own in the Balcony Studio.
    • Beach Getaway
      • Sunday, January 13, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, January 27, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            Escape to a tropical paradise with the help of our seascapes. Get inspired to create an underwater masterpiece of your own.
        • Sweet Dreams
          • Sunday, February 10, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            • Sunday, February 17, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
              • Sunday, February 24, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                Chance upon Surrealist dreamscapes, artworks of the night sky, and beds and pillows in the galleries.

Holiday Family Programs
Great Stair Hall Balcony

Create tiny wonders inspired by the miniatures of Little Ladies and capture their magic in a snow globe. Hop on a Jolly Jaunts tour (11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.), pick up a Holiday Family Guide, and drop by our miniature winter wonderland created by artist Lydia Ricci—she'll be adding her tiny sculptures (and yours) at selected times throughout the week.

  • Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 27, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 28, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 30, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 31, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.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, January 9, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sensory-Friendly Mornings
Sunday, January 13, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
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.

Family Art Workshop: Ready, Set, Sew! (ages 4–7 with an adult)
Sunday, February 10, 2019
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Studio 1
Paid tickets required
$20 ($16 members) per child

Channel your inner designer, get inspired by Fabulous Fashion, and collaborate with artists from Butcher’s Sew Shop.

Space is limited. Adults must register as well and are free with admission. ​

Family Art Workshop: Ready, Set, Sew! (ages 8–12 with an adult)
Sunday, February 10, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Studio 1
Paid tickets required
$20 ($16 members) per child

Channel your inner designer, get inspired by Fabulous Fashion, and collaborate with artists from Butcher’s Sew Shop.

Space is limited. Adults must register as well and are free with admission. ​

We Heart Art: Be Our Valentine
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Bring your little loved one to spy Cupid in our galleries and make a masterpiece for someone who has stolen your heart.

Art Explorers
Meet on Great Stair Hall Balcony
For ages 3–5 and 6–10

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

  • Jolly Jaunts
    • Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, December 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
        Decorative arts meets Deck the Halls. Discover Museum treasures and make your own in the Balcony Studio.
    • Beach Getaway
      • Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, January 27, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
            Escape to a tropical paradise with the help of our seascapes. Get inspired to create an underwater masterpiece of your own.
        • Sweet Dreams
          • Sunday, February 10, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
            • Sunday, February 17, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
              • Sunday, February 24, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                Chance upon Surrealist dreamscapes, artworks of the night sky, and beds and pillows in the galleries.

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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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Days of Knights
Sunday, January 6, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Enjoy a day of revelry in our arms and armor galleries. Discover examples of modern-day armor and create a masterpiece inspired by protective gear.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 21, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Perfect for all ages
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. with community service at the Museum. MANNA will collect your artwork to distribute with the meals they deliver to those in need.

Lunar New Year
Sunday, February 3, 2019
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

Squeal with delight as we ring in the Year of the Pig. Visit our newly-reinstalled Chinese art galleries, make a masterpiece in the Balcony Studio, and enjoy performances by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

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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)

Winter classes begin Tuesday, January 22. General online registration begins November 27.
For returning families, pre-registration opens November 13. Call 215-235-7469 or visit the Museum for more information. Tuition assistance available upon request. A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to phone orders ($3.50; $2.50 member).

Weekday Classes for Ages 3–5
Tuesdays, January 22–March 26, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, January 23–March 27, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Thursdays, January 24–March 28, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Saturday Classes for Ages 3–12
January 26–March 30
Ages 3–4, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (Morning classes sold out)
Ages 5–6: Morning and afternoon classes sold out
Ages 7–8, 1:00–3:00 p.m. (Morning classes sold out)
Ages 9–12: Morning & afternoon classes sold out

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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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