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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

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

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

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

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

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.
  • Design & Sew
    • Saturday, July 16, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Saturday, July 23, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        Be a designer! Make your own bag inspired by the exhibition Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage. Mix and match patterns, including real Vlisco fabrics, as you try out a sewing machine and learn hand-sewing skills. No experience required.
    • 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.

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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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Celebrate Africa
Sunday, July 3, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Move, clap, and dance to the beats of Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble. For over 40 years, Kulu Mele has captivated audiences with traditional dance and music from West Africa and the African diaspora. Celebrate Art Splash and Creative Africa with two energetic performances.

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble

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

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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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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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