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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 Gets Wild

From June 27 through September 4, all Family Programs are part of Art Splash, with daily gallery explorations, studio art creations, and imaginative play inspired by the wildlife photographs of Michael Nichols. Museum admission for kids twelve and under is always free.

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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 Tours
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

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

  • Get Playful
    • Sunday, May 28, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      ​Discover how artists are inspired by toys, games, and make believe.
  • Art in Motion
    • Sunday, June 11, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Sunday, June 18, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
        Art can move you! Discover jousting knights, floating sculptures, works on wheels and art made for motion.

Family Art Cart
Location: In the galleries
Perfect for all ages

Drop in to play games, sketch from the masterpieces, and enjoy hands-on activities.

  • Sunday, May 28, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 11, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 18, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 25, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Baby Bird Playdate
Tuesdays, June 27–September 1, 2017; and Fridays, 10:15–11:00 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.​

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, June 14, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Storytime in the Galleries
Wednesdays, June 28–August 30, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.
Meets in the Splash Studio
Best for ages 6 and under

Get comfy and listen to a story that connects with a work of art.

Family Date Night

Art Splash stays up late on Final Fridays.

  • Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 28, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 25, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Family Art Workshop
Location: South Terrace Education Classroom B
Kids ages 6–12 with an adult
Paid reservations required
$20 ($16 members) per person- both grownup and child must pay to attend
Call 215-235-7469 to reserve

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.

  • Paw Prints
    • Saturday, July 8, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Saturday, July 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        Get your paws dirty in this printing workshop. Explore patterns and textures in the Wild exhibition. Then use our printing press to create a wild environment of your own, along with your own animal stamp.
    • Wild about Painting
      • Saturday, July 22, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        • Saturday, July 29, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
          Get in touch with your wild side while experimenting with paint. Find inspiration in paintings of animals and in the wild life photography of Michael Nichols, then paint your own wild masterpiece in the studio

Sensory-Friendly Mornings
Location: Dorrance Galleries
Free tickets required after Museum admission
Space is limited. To book your spot, call 215-684-7606.

Designed for families with children on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory sensitivities. Specially trained Museum staff lead all activities.

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.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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Marvelous Materials
Sunday, June 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

What's it made of? Experiment with techniques and textures and meet an artist who uses mixed-up media.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet the Artist: Lucia Thomé
11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours

Family Festival: Explorer of the World
Sunday, July 2, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Make art, explore Wild: Michael Nichols, and sing along with Frances England as she performs songs from her Grammy-nominated album, Explorer of the World.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Splash Studio
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Musical performances by Frances England

Family Festival: Move Like an Animal
Sunday, August 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Slither, crawl, or hop to movement workshops led by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre. Sketch and pose like an animal with Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Splash Studio
11:00 a.m., noon & 1:00 p.m. Mini-Performances by Almanac
12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Dr. Sketchy

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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 spring session of art classes begin the week of April 18th, 2017. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks. Registration for the spring semester for returning students only begins March 7th and for new students on March 28th 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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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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