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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.

  • May: Art in the Garden
    • 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 Splash
          • Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 1, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, July 2, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, July 3, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, July 5, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, July 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, July 10, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, July 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, July 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, July 16, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, July 17, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, July 18, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, July 19, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, July 23, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, July 24, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, July 25, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, July 26, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, July 30, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, July 31, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, August 1, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, August 2, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, August 5, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, August 6, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, August 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, August 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, August 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, August 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, August 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, August 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, August 15, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, August 16, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, August 20, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, August 21, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, August 22, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, August 23, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, August 25, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, August 27, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, August 28, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, August 29, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, August 30, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, September 3, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, September 4, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, September 5, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, September 6, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Monday, September 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.

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.

  • May: Art in the Garden
    • 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 Splash
          • Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 1, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, July 2, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, July 3, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, July 5, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, July 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, July 10, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, July 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, July 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, July 16, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, July 17, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, July 18, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, July 19, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, July 23, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, July 24, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, July 25, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, July 26, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, July 30, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, July 31, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, August 1, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, August 2, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, August 5, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, August 6, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, August 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, August 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, August 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, August 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, August 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, August 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, August 15, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, August 16, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, August 20, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, August 21, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, August 22, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, August 23, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, August 25, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, August 27, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, August 28, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, August 29, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, August 30, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, September 3, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Friday, September 4, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Saturday, September 5, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Sunday, September 6, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
          • Monday, September 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Family Art Cart
Perfect for all ages

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

  • 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
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

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

  • 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.
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, July 3, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, July 10, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, July 17, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, July 24, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, August 7, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, August 14, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, August 21, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, September 4, 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, June 10, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12, 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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Rivers and Waterways
Sunday, July 5, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family and enjoy art-making, family tours, and fabulous performances.

Song of the Sea: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Academy Award–nominated Song of the Sea is a breathtaking, hand-drawn animated film that will enthrall adults and children alike. Based on the Irish legend of the selkies, this 2014 movie tells the story of the last seal-child who goes on an epic journey to save the world of magic.

Family Festivals at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are generously supported by The Victory Foundation.

The Great Outdoors
Sunday, August 2, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family and enjoy art-making, family tours, and fabulous performances.

Okee Dokee Brothers: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Grammy Award–winning Okee Dokee Brothers have been called “two of family music’s best songwriters.” This three-time Parents’ Choice Award winners’ band makes music that inspires children and their grown-ups to get outside and get creative.

Family Festivals at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are generously supported by The Victory Foundation.

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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 215-235-7469. 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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