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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.
​No Baby Bird Playdate on November 24, 2017
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.​

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.

  • Colors & Chroma
    • 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.
        • Be a Detective
          • Sunday, December 10, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
            • Sunday, December 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
              ​Hunt for details, collect clues, and solve art mysteries.
          • Winter Windows
            • Sunday, January 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
              • Sunday, January 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                • Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                  ​From stained glass to sculpture you can see through, discover the magical meaning of windows in art.
              • I ♥ Modern Art
                • Sunday, February 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                  • Sunday, February 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                    • Sunday, February 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                      ​Play with color, shape, and line and make a modern Valentine.

Family Art Cart
Perfect for all ages

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

  • Colors & Chroma
    • 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.
        • Be a Detective
          • Sunday, December 10, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            • Sunday, December 17, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
              ​Hunt for details, collect clues, and solve art mysteries.
          • Winter Windows
            • Sunday, January 14, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
              • Sunday, January 21, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                • Sunday, January 28, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                  ​From stained glass to sculpture you can see through, discover the magical meaning of windows in art.
              • I ♥ Modern Art
                • Sunday, February 11, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                  • Sunday, February 18, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                    • Sunday, February 25, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                      ​Play with color, shape, and line and make a modern Valentine.

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, November 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Winter Break Family Studio
Great Stair Hall

​Get some creative family time in before the end of the year.

  • Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 30, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 31, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Winter Break Family Tours

​Get some creative family time in before the end of the year.

  • Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 30, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 31, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 1, 2018, 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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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.

Hugs & Hygge
Sunday, December 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​Warm up and get cozy at the Museum. Join a knitting circle, grab some hot chocolate, and bop along with the a cappella group Off the Beat. Be sure to swing by the Balcony Studio to make your own cozy creation.

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

​Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

Wonderlandscapes
Sunday, January 7, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Get inspired by painted landscapes and create a wonderland of your own.

​Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
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.

Game Day
Sunday, February 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Creativity scores a touchdown this Super Bowl Sunday. Make art guided by games of chance and enjoy performances by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre.

​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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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.

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.

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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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