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

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

  • April: Epic Journeys
    • Sunday, April 26, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      All aboard! Grab your suitcase and join us on an adventure to faraway lands.
  • May: Art in the Garden
    • Sunday, May 10, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Sunday, May 17, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
        • Sunday, May 24, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
          • Sunday, May 31, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
            Soaring landscapes, beautiful flowers, and delectable edibles inspire this month’s programs.
        • June: People and Portraits
          • Sunday, June 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
            • Sunday, June 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
              • Sunday, June 21, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                • Sunday, June 28, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                  What are you looking at? Discover the secrets behind portraits throughout the Museum.

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

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

  • April: Epic Journeys
    • Sunday, April 26, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      All aboard! Grab your suitcase and join us on an adventure to faraway lands.
  • May: Art in the Garden
    • Sunday, May 10, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Sunday, May 17, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
        • Sunday, May 24, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
          • Sunday, May 31, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
            Soaring landscapes, beautiful flowers, and delectable edibles inspire this month’s programs.
        • June: People and Portraits
          • Sunday, June 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
            • Sunday, June 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
              • Sunday, June 21, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                • Sunday, June 28, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                  What are you looking at? Discover the secrets behind portraits throughout the Museum.

Family Art Cart
Perfect for all ages

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

  • Sunday, April 26, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 10, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 17, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 24, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 31, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 7, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 14, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 21, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 28, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Baby Bird Playdate
Location: Preschool Room, ground floor
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

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

  • Friday, May 1, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 8, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 15, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 22, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 29, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, June 5, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, June 12, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, June 19, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, June 26, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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

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

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Starts at 11:00 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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Every Family Party: Ink and Gold
Saturday, May 2, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Paid tickets required
$35/person, $30/person (groups of 5 or more)

Make art! Dance! Eat! Play! Party the night away! This annual fundraiser for the Museum’s Division of Education and Public Programs, presented by PNC Arts Alive, promises to be a night to remember for our littlest visitors and their adults. We hope you can join us for an evening full of kid-friendly art activities, food, and fun.

With questions, please call 215-684-7750 or email .


Sponsorship Opportunities
In addition to receiving recognition on event signage and in the event program, all sponsors are invited to the Pre-Party at 4:30 p.m., immediately preceding the event.

$5,000 Shine ($4,500 is tax deductible)
  • Ten event tickets, including the Sponsor Pre-Party
  • Sponsorship of a unique art station or performance at the event

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$2,500 Glow ($2,100 is tax deductible)
  • Eight event tickets, including the Sponsor Pre-Party

Purchase Online


$1,000 Shimmer ($700 is tax deductible)
  • Six event tickets, including the Sponsor Pre-Party

Purchase Online


$500 Sparkle ($300 is tax deductible)
  • Four event tickets, including the Sponsor Pre-Party

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Children's Day in Japan
Sunday, May 3, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony

10:00a.m.–3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. Pop-Up Mini Tours
10:30 a.m. & noon KyoDaiko

Celebrate the final week of Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano with Children’s Day, the Japanese festival devoted to celebrating children’s happiness.

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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 14th, 2015. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks for the spring semester beginning March 24th 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 - Spring Session
April 18 - May 16, 2015
Location: Education Studios

Open registration for the spring semester begins March 24th.
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 14 - May 14, 2015
Location: Education Studios

Open registration for the spring semester begins March 24th
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 14 - May 12, 2015
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    April 15 - May 13, 2015
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    April 16 - May 14, 2015
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 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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