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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.


Every Day This Summer: Art Splash

From June 27 through September 4, all Family Programs are part of Art Splash, with daily gallery explorations, studio art creations, and imaginative play inspired by the wildlife photographs of Michael Nichols. Museum admission for kids twelve and under is always free.

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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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Sensory-Friendly Mornings
Dorrance Galleries
Free tickets required after Museum admission
Space is limited. To book your spot, call 215-684-7606.

Designed for families with children on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory sensitivities. Specially trained Museum staff lead all activities.

  • Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Baby Bird Playdate
Tuesdays, June 27–September 1, 2017; 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.​

Storytime in the Galleries
Wednesdays, June 28–August 30, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.
Meets in the Splash Studio
Best for ages 6 and under

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

Family Date Night
Friday, August 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Art Splash stays up late on Final Fridays.

Family Tours
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.

  • Adventures in Asia
    • Sunday, September 10, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, September 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
          Search for dragons and treasures old and new as we explore this region of the globe.
      • Colors & Chroma
        • Sunday, October 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
            • Sunday, October 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
              • Sunday, October 29, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                Explore a wide spectrum of artworks playing with color in every hue.
            • Sights & Sounds
              • Sunday, November 12, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                • Sunday, November 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                  • Sunday, November 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                    ​Tune in with all your senses to discover how sights and sounds come together in art.

Family Art Cart
Perfect for all ages

Drop by to play games, sketch, and make art among the masterpieces.

  • Adventures in Asia
    • Sunday, September 10, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, September 17, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, September 24, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
          ​Search for dragons and treasures old and new as we explore this region of the globe.
      • Colors & Chroma
        • Sunday, October 8, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            • Sunday, October 22, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
              • Sunday, October 29, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                Explore a wide spectrum of artworks playing with color in every hue.
            • Sights & Sounds
              • Sunday, November 12, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                • Sunday, November 19, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                  • Sunday, November 26, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                    ​Tune in with all your senses to discover how sights and sounds come together in art.

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 13, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 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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Enchanted Forest
Sunday, October 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

The Pennsylvania Ballet II brings Snow White to the Museum. Catch a performance, make your own magical masterpiece, and discover spellbinding treasures in our galleries.

Snow White performances at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

Feast Your Eyes
Sunday, November 5, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Work up an appetite viewing delectable works of art and dancing to Recess Monkey. Then get your daily serving of creativity with an art project.

Performances at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

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Children’s Art Classes

Young artists get to know the Museum inside and out during these award-winning classes.

The fall session runs September 26 through December 9, 2017. Registration begins August 15 at 10:00 a.m.

How to Register
Register by phone (215-235-7469) or at any Visitor Services Desk. A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to phone orders ($3.50; $2.50 member). Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Class size is limited. Tuition assistance available upon request.

Support for Children’s Art Classes have been provided by Ellen and Mickey Simon.

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Weekday Classes: Fall Session
September 26–December 7, 2017 (No classes week of Thanksgiving)
Education Studio 1
Paid reservations required
$160 ($130 members)

Masterpieces emerge when kids explore the galleries and get creative 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. Children must be toilet trained.

Ages 3–5
  • Tuesday
    September 26–December 5, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    September 27–December 6, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    September 28–December 7, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.

Saturday Classes: Fall Session
September 30–December 9, 2017 (No classes week of Thanksgiving)
Studios 1 & 2; South Terrace Education Classrooms A &B
Paid reservations required
$160 ($130 members)

Masterpieces emerge when kids explore the galleries and get creative in the studios.

Children in Ages 3–4 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. Children must be toilet trained.

  • Ages 3–4
    10:30 a.m.–noon.
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Ages 5–6
    10:30 a.m.–noon.
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Ages 7–8
    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Ages 9–12
    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    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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