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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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Baby Bird Playdate
Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m.
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

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

Family Tours
Tour meets in West Lobby

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

  • Spectacular Sculptures
    • Sunday, May 8, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Sunday, May 15, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
        • Sunday, May 22, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
          • Sunday, May 29, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
            From big and bold to small and delicate. Explore the many sizes, shapes, and forms of art in our galleries and sculpture garden.
        • Travel to Asia
          • Sunday, June 12, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
            • Sunday, June 19, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
              • Sunday, June 26, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                Take a trip around the world from inside our galleries. Discover fascinating objects, beautiful artworks, and giant rooms from Asia.

Family Art Cart
Perfect for all ages

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

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 29, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Stroller Tour
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall/West Lobby
Best for grownups with babies

Gallery tours for parents and caregivers with babes in tow. If the baby fusses don’t fret—you’ll be in good company.

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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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Build It!
Sunday, June 5, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Be an architect and use your very own blueprints to construct your dream building.

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours

Celebrate Africa
Sunday, July 3, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free after admission

Move, clap, and dance to the beats of Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble. For over 40 years, Kulu Mele has captivated audiences with traditional dance and music from West Africa and the African diaspora. Celebrate Art Splash and Creative Africa with two energetic performances.

11:30 and 1:30 Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble

Sights & Sounds
Sunday, August 7, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free after admission

Enjoy the music of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, a group of award-winning singers, dancers, and musicians from Liberia who now live in Philadelphia. Listen to the stories in their songs that promote change and social justice through art.

11:30 and 1:30 Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change

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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 12, 2016. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks for the spring semester beginning March 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. for returning students and March 22 for new students. To register by phone, call 215-235-7469. 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 - Spring Session
April 16 - May 14, 2016
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins March 8, 2016
Open registration begins March 22, 2016
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $65, Nonmembers $80

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 5-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.

Weekday Classes - Spring Session
April 12 - May 12, 2016
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins March 8, 2016
Open registration begins March 22, 2016
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $65, Nonmembers $80

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 5-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
    April 12 - May 10, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    April 13 - May 11, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    April 14 - May 12, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 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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