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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

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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Family Studio (all ages)
Location: Student Lunch Room, ground floor

Let your creativity soar at the Family Studio, where people of all ages can drop in and create together.

  • Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
    • Sunday, November 2, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Around the World
    • Sunday, January 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Winter Wonder - Landscapes
    • Sunday, February 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Night Owl Read and Look (Best for ages 3-7)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart

Enjoy a pre-bedtime story, art project, and imaginative play in the galleries. Pajamas welcome!

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission.
  • Black Meets White by Justine Fontes
    • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Mr. Wuffles! by David Weisner
    • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Early Bird Read and Look (Best for ages 3–5)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart.

Young visitors and their families enjoy the galleries through picture books and hands-on art projects. Free tickets required.

  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
    • Sunday, November 9, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Family Gallery Tour (Best for ages 6–10)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart.

Discover the Museum's collection on these interactive tours led by Museum educators.

  • Discover Design
    • Sunday, November 9, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, November 30, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.

Tours for Tots (Best for ages 3–5)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart.

Movement, play, and hands-on activities make up this fun tour designed especially for young visitors and their families.

  • Finding Faces
    • Sunday, November 9, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, November 30, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.

Drawing in the Galleries (all ages)

All family members can drop in anytime to sketch, doodle, or create a masterpiece in the Museum galleries. Artists are on hand to provide materials and encouragement.

  • Sunday, November 9, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 30, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 14, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 21, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 11, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 25, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 8, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 15, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Stroller Tour (newborns–age 1)
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall/West Lobby

Museum educators lead engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their young ones. If the baby fusses, don’t fret—you’ll be in good company.

  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Gallery Games
Best for ages 6-10

The galleries come to life through games, sketching, and hands-on activities.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 7, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Baby Bird Playdate
Splash Studio on the East Balcony, Second Floor
Best for babies, toddlers, and their grown-ups

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

  • Friday, December 5, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 2, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 9, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 16, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 6, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 13, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 20, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 27, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Early Birds (Best for ages 3–5)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart.

Creative play and participatory conversation make these tours the perfect introduction to art for young visitors and their families.

  • Fascinating Furniture
    • Sunday, December 14, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, December 21, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • What’s It Made Of
    • Sunday, January 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, January 25, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Knights & Dragons
    • Sunday, February 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, February 15, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Art Explorers (Best for ages 6–10)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart.

Creative play and participatory conversation make these tours the perfect introduction to art for young visitors and their families.

  • Food, Glorious Food
    • Sunday, December 14, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, December 21, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
  • Medieval Mysteries
    • Sunday, January 11, 2015, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, January 25, 2015, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
  • Picasso to Pollock
    • Sunday, February 8, 2015, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, February 15, 2015, Starts at 11:30 a.m.

Winter Family Studio (all ages)

Shake off the cabin fever and bring the family to the Museum during winter break. Create art together in the Winter Family Studio.

  • Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 27, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 28, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Family Gallery Tour (all ages)
Tour Meets at Winter Family Studio on the Second Floor Balcony.

Shake off the cabin fever and bring the family to the Museum during winter break. Explore the collection on a Holiday Family Gallery Tour.

  • Friday, December 26, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 27, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 28, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 29, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.

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Family Celebrations

Family Celebrations 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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Art in Motion
Sunday, November 16, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Pop-Up Mini Tours
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Rennie Harris RHAW

Did you know that some art is meant to move? Discover a soaring mobile, art on wheels, and beautiful ballerinas. Choreographer Rennie Harris and his dance company RHAW will amaze visitors of all ages with their crazy hip hop moves. Search for playful art throughout the galleries and help us create a giant collaborative mobile in the Balcony Studio. Pop into the galleries with a Museum Educator and take a quick, fun peek at art as a family during one of our Pop-Up Mini Tours.

All That Sparkles
Sunday, December 7, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Pop-Up Mini Tours
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Bandana Splits

It may be dark outside, but the Museum will be all a-glow this holiday season. Discover bright lights and shining stars throughout the collection, and create your own twinkly artwork in the Balcony Studio. Pop into the galleries with a Museum Educator and take a quick, fun peek at art as a family during one of our Pop-Up Mini Tours. Kick off the holiday season with a performance by the Bandana Splits that is sure to sparkle.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Celebration

Bring the whole family and enjoy art-making, family tours, and fabulous performances. Raise your voice in song and discover Represent.

  • Balcony Studio
    • Sunday, January 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Pop-Up Mini Tours
      11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Performance by St. Thomas Gospel Choir
      Starts at 1:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 20, 2014
Location: Great Stair Hall

Make art and give back to your community—create greeting-cards that will be distributed by MANNA. Family tours and dance performances provide inspiration on this important day.

“Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
  • Balcony Studio
    • Monday, January 19, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Pop-Up Mini Tours
      11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Performances by Danco2
      Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Asian New Year
Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bring the whole family and enjoy art-making, family tours, and fabulous performances. Ring in the Lunar New Year with high-energy dance performances, Japanese painting activities, and tours of Ink and Gold.

  • Balcony Studio
    • Sunday, February 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Pop-Up Mini Tours
      11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Performances by 10tecomai
      Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.

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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.

The winter session of art classes begin the week of January 24th, 2015. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks for the winter semester beginning December 2nd at 10:00 a.m. To register by phone, call (215) 235-SHOW (7469). A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to all phone orders (member $2.50, nonmember $3.50). There is no service charge for reservations made at the Museum.

Tuition assistance is available upon request.

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Saturday Classes - Fall Session
September 27 - December 6, 2014
Location: Education Studios

Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.

  • Children ages 3–4
    Children ages 5–6

    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Children ages 7–8
    Children ages 9–12
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Weekday Classes - Fall Session
September 23 - December 4, 2014
Location: Education Studios

Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects 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. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.

Children ages 3–5
  • Tuesday
    September 23 - December 2, 2014
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    September 24 - December 3, 2014
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    September 25 - December 4
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Weekday Classes - Winter Session
January 20 - March 26, 2015
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins November 18, 2014
Open registration begins December 2, 2014
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Young artists get to know the Museum inside and out during these 10-session classes.

Children in Ages 3–5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.

Children ages 3–5
  • Tuesday
    January 20 - March 24, 2015
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    January 21 - March 25, 2015
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    January 22 - March 26, 2015
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday Classes - Winter Session
January 24 - March 28, 2015
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins November 18, 2014
Open registration begins December 2, 2014
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Young artists get to know the Museum inside and out during these 10-session classes.

Children in Ages 3–4 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.

  • Children ages 3–4
    Children ages 5–6

    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Children ages 7–8
    Children ages 9–12
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 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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