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Art Splash, presented by PNC Arts Alive

Art Splash: Bright Lights, Little City

June 30–September 3, 2018
Main building


A summer of creative play for the whole family

Art Splash is bringing a little piece of the big city inside. Explore the shapes and colors, sights and sounds of Modern Times and play in our own mini metropolis. Kids and their grown-ups can experience the exhibition through tours, art making, and imaginative play.

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Art Splash
Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell

Play Every Day

Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays Till 7:00 p.m.
Museum admission for kids 12 and under is always free. Art Splash programs are drop-in and free with Museum admission unless noted otherwise.


Splash Studio

Drop in, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Perfect for all ages

Welcome to Art Splash headquarters, an imaginative cityscape on the Great Stair Hall Balcony. Make your own modern masterpieces, read a book, and burn off some energy through creative play.


Art Explorers

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Ages 3–5 & 6–10

Look, discover, and share on these playful, hands-on tours of Modern Times.


Art Cart

Noon–3:00 p.m.
Perfect for all ages

Swing by this in-gallery station for looking games and art making. Where will Art Cart pop up next?



Spend the Summer with Us

Make our creative cityscape your stomping grounds all summer long. Studio projects change every two weeks:

CurioCities

June 30–July 15
Join our block party and build the city of your dreams.

Color Me Modern

July 17–29
Red, yellow, blue—what tricks can they do?

Face Time

July 31–August 12
Strike a pose and play with portraiture.

LandShapes

August 14–26
Capture nature through shape and pattern.

Sound Off

August 28–September 3
Swish, beep, vroom! What if you could see sounds?


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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

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, July 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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, July 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Evening Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grown-ups with babies
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​Fussy baby? Don’t sweat it—this evening stroller tour is made just for you.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Family Art Workshop: Clay Play (ages 4–7 with an adult)
Saturday, July 21, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
South Terrace Education Classrooms B
Paid reservations required
$20 ($16 members) per child, per class
Adults must register as well and are free with admission.

In this studio class for kids and their grown-ups, get up close and sculpt a 3D portrait in clay.​

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

Family Art Workshop: Clay Play (ages 8–12 with an adult)
Saturday, July 21, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
South Terrace Education Classrooms B
SOLD OUT

In this studio class for kids and their grown-ups, get up close and sculpt a 3D portrait in clay.​

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Grammy Award nominees Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could bring their infectious, high-energy rock ’n’ roll to the Great Stair Hall.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash
  • Sunday, August 5, 2018, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Stroller Tour
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

Family Art Workshop: Paint the Town (ages 4–7 with an adult)
Saturday, August 11, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
South Terrace Education Classrooms B
Paid reservations required
$20 ($16 members) per child, per class
Adults must register as well and are free with admission.

In this studio class for kids and their grown-ups, roll up your sleeves and paint a modern canvas.​

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

Family Art Workshop: Paint the Town (ages 8–12 with an adult)
Saturday, August 11, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
South Terrace Education Classrooms B
Paid reservations required
$20 ($16 members) per child, per class
Adults must register as well and are free with admission.

In this studio class for kids and their grown-ups, roll up your sleeves and paint a modern canvas.​

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

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Printed Textile
Printed Textile, 1947
June Groff, American
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Family Guide: Modern Kids Meet Modern Art

Pick up a family guide to chart your course through the exhibition Modern Times. Along the way, discover hands-on activities and labels written for kids, by kids.




Sponsors

Art Splash is presented by PNC Arts Alive, with support from The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PECO, Ellyn C. Phillips, the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and other generous donors.

Family programs are generously supported by Harriet and Larry Weiss and Steve and Gretchen Burke.

Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 has been made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, The Annenberg Foundation Fund for Major Exhibitions, The Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, Lyn M. Ross, Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, The Laura and William C. Buck Endowment for Exhibitions, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley, and two anonymous donors.

Exhibition-related education programming was generously supported by the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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