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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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Trick-or-Treat
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Trick-or-treat through the galleries and get some more mileage out of your Halloween costume. Haunt the Balcony Studio to create spooky prints under Alexander Calder’s Ghost mobile, or watch pumpkin carver Betsy Coe make jack-o’-lanterns inspired by artwork in the collection.

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.​

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 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Turkey Hangover
Great Stair Hall Balcony

Work off your Thanksgiving feast with a stroll through the galleries, and gobble up some art while creating expressions of thanks in the Balcony Studio.

Mini Tours: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. hourly
  • Friday, November 23, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 25, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Family Balcony Studio
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Perfect for all ages

You’ve discovered art in our galleries, now create a masterpiece of your own.

  • Monster Mash-Up
    • Sunday, October 28, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      ​Meet mixed-up mythological creatures in art from around the world. Then unleash wild imagination and create your own hybrid beasts.
  • Outside the Lines
    • Sunday, November 11, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, November 18, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        ​Walk the straight and narrow, or push the boundaries? On these Sundays we look closely at lines of all kinds and discover artists who bent the rules.
    • Jolly Jaunts
      • Sunday, December 9, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, December 23, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            ​Decorative arts meets Deck the Halls. Discover Museum treasures and make your own in the Balcony Studio.
        • Beach Getaway
          • Sunday, January 13, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
              • Sunday, January 27, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                Escape to a tropical paradise with the help of our seascapes. Get inspired to create an underwater masterpiece of your own.
            • Sweet Dreams
              • Sunday, February 10, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                • Sunday, February 17, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                  • Sunday, February 24, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                    Chance upon Surrealist dreamscapes, artworks of the night sky, and beds and pillows in the galleries.

Holiday Family Programs
Great Stair Hall Balcony

Create tiny wonders inspired by the miniatures of Little Ladies and capture their magic in a snow globe. Hop on a Jolly Jaunts tour and pick up a Holiday Family Guide.

  • Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 28, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 30, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 31, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CANCELED)

Sensory-Friendly Mornings
Sunday, January 13, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Reservations required
Space is limited. To reserve your spot, email .

These mornings are specially designed for children on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory sensitivities. The lights, volume, and crowds are turned down but not the fun or creativity.

We Heart Art: Be Our Valentine
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Bring your little loved one to spy Cupid in our galleries and make a masterpiece for someone who has stolen your heart.

Art Explorers
Meet on Great Stair Hall Balcony
For ages 3–5 and 6–10

Look, learn, and tell us what you think on these playful tours.

  • Monster Mash-Up
    • Sunday, October 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      ​Meet mixed-up mythological creatures in art from all around the world. Then unleash wild imagination and create your own hybrid beasts.
  • Outside the Lines
    • Sunday, November 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, November 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
        ​Walk the straight and narrow, or push the boundaries? On these Sundays we look closely at lines of all kinds and discover artists who bent the rules.
    • Jolly Jaunts
      • Sunday, December 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, December 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
            Decorative arts meets Deck the Halls. Discover Museum treasures and make your own in the Balcony Studio.
        • Beach Getaway
          • Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
            • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
              • Sunday, January 27, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                Escape to a tropical paradise with the help of our seascapes. Get inspired to create an underwater masterpiece of your own.
            • Sweet Dreams
              • Sunday, February 10, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                • Sunday, February 17, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                  • Sunday, February 24, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                    Chance upon Surrealist dreamscapes, artworks of the night sky, and beds and pillows in the galleries.

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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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Dazzling Diwali
Sunday, November 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights.

Balcony Studio
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Glow with pride as you create a diya lamp from clay.

Mini Tours
11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.
Take a shine to some artworks from South Asia, including the immersive gathering space of our Pillared Temple Hall.

Dance Performance
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Be dazzled by a dance performance from the Traditions of India.

Festive Fashion
Sunday, December 2, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Balcony Studio
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Play dress up and join special guest artist Eric Anthony Berdis to create a wearable cape to protect you from the cold.

Mini Tours
11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.
Explore the exhibition Fabulous Fashion with a seasonal twist.

Days of Knights
Sunday, January 6, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Enjoy a day of revelry in our arms and armor galleries. Discover examples of modern-day armor and create a masterpiece inspired by protective gear.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 21, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Perfect for all ages
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.

Lunar New Year
Sunday, February 3, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Performances at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Squeal with delight as we ring in the Year of the Pig. Visit our newly-reinstalled Chinese art galleries, make a masterpiece in the Balcony Studio, and enjoy performances by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

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Children’s Art Classes

Young artists get to know the Museum inside and out during these award-winning classes. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. $160 ($130 members)

Fall classes begin Tuesday, September 25; online registration begins July 30, 2018. You can also register by calling 215-235-7469. Tuition assistance available upon request. A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to phone orders ($3.50; $2.50 member).

Support for Children‘s Art Classes has been provided by Ellen and Mickey Simon.

Weekday Classes for Ages 3–5
Tuesdays, September 25–December 4, 1:00–2:30 p.m. CANCELED
Wednesdays, September 26–December 5, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Thursdays, September 27–December 6, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
No classes the week of Thanksgiving.

Saturday Classes for Ages 3–12
September 29–December 8. No classes the week of Thanksgiving.
Ages 3–4, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (Morning classes sold out)
Ages 5–6, Morning & afternoon classes sold out
Ages 7–8, Morning & afternoon classes sold out
Ages 9–12, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; or 1:00–3:00 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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