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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

This summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s main building will be transformed into a hot spot for kids and their grown-ups. Families can "Meet the Masterpieces" all summer long as ten treasures from the Museum's collection come to life through gallery explorations, studio-art creations, and imaginative play for visitors of all ages. View Art Splash Events >>


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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Gallery Games
Best for ages 6-10

The galleries will come to life through treasure hunts, games, sketching, and hands-on activities.

  • Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 23, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 7, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Early Bird Read and Look (Best for ages 3–5)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart.

Young visitors and their families enjoy the galleries through picture books and hands-on art projects. Free tickets required.

  • Brontorina by James Howe
    • Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
    • Sunday, October 19, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, October 26, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
    • Sunday, November 9, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
    • Sunday, December 14, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, December 21, 2014, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Tours for Tots (Best for ages 3–5)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart.

Movement, play, and hands-on activities make up this fun tour designed especially for young visitors and their families.

  • Opposites
    • Sunday, September 28, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
  • Imagine and Make Believe
    • Sunday, October 19, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, October 26, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
  • Finding Faces
    • Sunday, November 9, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, November 30, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
  • Fascinating Furniture
    • Sunday, December 14, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, December 21, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.

Family Gallery Tour (Best for ages 6–10)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart.

Discover the Museum's collection on these interactive tours led by Museum educators.

  • Imagine Impressionism
    • Sunday, September 28, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
  • Museum Mysteries
    • Sunday, October 19, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, October 26, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
  • Discover Design
    • Sunday, November 9, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, November 30, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
  • Food, Glorious Food
    • Sunday, December 14, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, December 21, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m.

Drawing in the Galleries (all ages)

All family members can drop in anytime to sketch, doodle, or create a masterpiece in the Museum galleries. Artists are on hand to provide materials and encouragement.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 19, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 26, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 9, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 30, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 14, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 21, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Night Owl Read and Look (Best for ages 3-7)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart

Enjoy a pre-bedtime story, art project, and imaginative play in the galleries. Pajamas welcome!

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission.
  • The Noisy Paintbox by Barb Rosenstock
    • Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Trick or Treat Edition
    • Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Black Meets White by Justine Fontes
    • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Mr. Wuffles! by David Weisner
    • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Family Studio (all ages)
Location: Student Lunch Room, ground floor

Let your creativity soar at the Family Studio, a family destination where people of all ages can drop in and create together. Come back again and again to enjoy new art project inspired by the Museum's collection.

  • Abstract Art
    • Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
    • Sunday, November 2, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

Museum educators lead engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their young ones. If the baby fusses, don’t fret—you’ll be in good company.

  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Winter Family Studio (all ages)

Shake off the cabin fever and bring the family to the Museum during winter break. Create art together in the Winter Family Studio.

  • Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 27, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 28, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Family Gallery Tour (all ages)
Tour Meets at Winter Family Studio on the Second Floor Balcony.

Shake off the cabin fever and bring the family to the Museum during winter break. Explore the collection on a Holiday Family Gallery Tour.

  • Friday, December 26, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 27, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 28, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, December 29, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 1, 2015, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.

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Family Celebrations

Family Celebrations 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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Myths and Legends
Sunday, October 12, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Pop-Up Mini Tours
1:00 p.m. Mythos

The Museum is an amazing place to discover the world of ancient mythology. Take a mythological quest through the galleries and create your own myth-inspired art in the Balcony Studio. Pop into the galleries with a Museum Educator and take a quick, fun peek at art as a family during one of our Pop-Up Mini Tours. Just back from their world premiere at the New York Children’s Theater Festival, Think BIG! Theater Arts will present Mythos, a puppet-filled adventure through Greek mythology (best for ages 5+)..

Art in Motion
Sunday, November 16, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Pop-Up Mini Tours
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Rennie Harris RHAW

Did you know that some art is meant to move? Discover a soaring mobile, art on wheels, and beautiful ballerinas. Choreographer Rennie Harris and his dance company RHAW will amaze visitors of all ages with their crazy hip hop moves. Search for playful art throughout the galleries and help us create a giant collaborative mobile in the Balcony Studio. Pop into the galleries with a Museum Educator and take a quick, fun peek at art as a family during one of our Pop-Up Mini Tours.

All That Sparkles
Sunday, December 7, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Pop-Up Mini Tours
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Bandana Splits

It may be dark outside, but the Museum will be all a-glow this holiday season. Discover bright lights and shining stars throughout the collection, and create your own twinkly artwork in the Balcony Studio. Pop into the galleries with a Museum Educator and take a quick, fun peek at art as a family during one of our Pop-Up Mini Tours. Kick off the holiday season with a performance by the Bandana Splits that is sure to sparkle.

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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 fall session of art classes begin the week of September 23rd, 2014. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks for the fall semester beginning August 12th 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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Weekday Classes
September 23 - December 4, 2014
Location: Education Studios

Registration begins Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. 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
    September 23 - December 2, 2014
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    September 24 - December 3, 2014
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    September 25 - December 4
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday Classes
September 27 - December 6, 2014
Location: Education Studios

Registration begins Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $130, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. 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.

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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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