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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.
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.

  • Winter Windows
    • 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.
        • The Great Outdoors
          • Sunday, March 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
            • Sunday, March 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
              • Sunday, March 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                ​Grab your binoculars and hike through the wilderness of our galleries as we explore art inspired by nature.

Family Art Cart
Perfect for all ages

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

  • Winter Windows
    • 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.
        • The Great Outdoors
          • Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            • Sunday, March 18, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
              • Sunday, March 25, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                ​Grab your binoculars and hike through the wilderness of our galleries as we explore art inspired by nature.

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, February 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Spring Break Programs on “Pay What You Wish” Museum Monday
Monday, March 26, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

No school over spring break? We’ve got you covered. Join us for a special “Pay What You Wish” Museum Monday and help us celebrate our 90th birthday.

10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: Family Studio
11:00 a.m.: Family Tours

Spring Break Programs
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor

No school over spring break? We’ve got you covered. Spend the week indulging in creative family time.

10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: Family Studio
11:00 a.m.: Family Tours
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 30, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 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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Game Day
Sunday, February 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Performances at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Creativity scores a touchdown this Super Bowl Sunday as we make art guided by games of chance. Then cheer for “ Scrimmage!” as teams of acrobats from the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre face off and look for recruits in the audience for the match of the century.

​Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

Bits & Pieces
Sunday, March 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Performances at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Cubist shards, shattered glass, mixed-up mosaics—what bits will inspire your masterpiece? Deconstruct and remix your own work of art. Break-dancing performances by Movemakers Philly complete the picture.

​Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

April Fool’s!
Sunday, April 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Gotcha! See how artists fool our eyes, create your own cunning masterpiece, and find out what other tricks we have up our sleeves.

​Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

Peace, Love & Collab
Sunday, May 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Performances: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Come together at the Perelman Building: Take part in a collaborative creation inspired by the psychedelic 1960s, discover artist Jean Shin’s community-based installations, and then watch teamwork in action with improv group StoryUP!

​Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive. This festival is presented in partnership with Collab.

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Children’s Art Classes

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

The winter session runs January 16 through March 24, 2018. Registration begins December 12 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 has been provided by Ellen and Mickey Simon.

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Saturday Classes: Winter Session
January 20–March 24, 2018
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: SOLD OUT
    1:00–2:30 p.m.: SOLD OUT
  • Ages 7–8
    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: SOLD OUT
    1:00–3:00 p.m.: SOLD OUT
  • Ages 9–12
    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: SOLD OUT
    1:00–3:00 p.m.

Weekday Classes: Winter Session
January 16–March 20, 2018
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
    January 16–March 20, 2018
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    January 17–March 21, 2018
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    January 18–March 22, 2018
    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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