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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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Family Tours
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

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

  • Knights & Dragons
    • Sunday, December 11, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Sunday, December 18, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
        Travel back to the age of castles, creatures, lords, and ladies. Watch out for dragons along the way!
    • Made in the USA
      • Sunday, January 8, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
        • Sunday, January 15, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
          • Sunday, January 22, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
            • Friday, January 27, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
              Discover artwork made in the United States from over 200 years ago right up to today.
          • I ♥ Mythology
            • Sunday, February 12, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
              • Sunday, February 19, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                • Sunday, February 26, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                  Be our Valentine and look out for Cupid as we explore magical myths and stories.

Family Art Cart
Location: In the galleries
Perfect for all ages

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

  • Sunday, December 11, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 8, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 15, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 22, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 29, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 12, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 19, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grownups 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, December 14, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Winter Family Studio (all ages)
Monday, December 26 - Friday, December 30, 2016
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall Balcony

Cure your family's winter cabin fever with art making and tours for all ages.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio

11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Family Tours

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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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Musical Masterpieces
Sunday, December 4, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Live illustrations, interactive storytelling, and music bring The Story of Babar to life. Design your own instrument to take home and explore how music inspires artists. This concert is a collaboration with Curtis Institute of Music.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio

11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours

11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Story of Babar performances
Music by Francis Poulenc, arranged by Darin Kelly. Live illustrations by Zachariah OHora. Narration by Charlotte Blake Alston.

Let It Glow
Sunday, January 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Kick off the New Year with a creative start. Explore the magical effects of shadow, light, and contrast in art and create a light-filled masterpiece of your own.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio

11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​People of all ages can honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by engaging in community service at the Museum. MANNA will collect art made by you to distribute with the meals they deliver to those in need.

Western Adventures
Sunday, February 5, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

The Grammy award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers perform songs from their new album "Saddle Up" as we explore the Great American West. Think like an explorer and discover breathtaking American landscapes in the galleries.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio

11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Performances by Okee Dokee Brothers

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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 winter session of art classes begin the week of January 17th, 2017. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks. Registration for the winter semester for returning students only begins November 29th and for new students on December 13th 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 - Fall Session
September 27 - December 8, 2016
Location: Education Studios
Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $128, 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 27 - December 6, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    September 28 - December 7, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    September 29 - December 8, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday Classes - Fall Session
October 1 - December 10, 2016
Location: Education Studios
Paid reservations required
Tuition: Members $128, 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.

Weekday Classes - Winter Session
January 17 - March 23, 2017
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins November 29, 2016
Open registration begins December 13, 2016
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.

Young artists get to know the Museum inside and out during these 10-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
    January 17 - March 21, 2017
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    January 18 - March 22, 2017
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    January 19 - March 23, 2017
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday Classes - Winter Session
January 21 - March 25, 2017
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins November 29, 2016
Open registration begins December 13, 2016
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.

Young artists get to know the Museum inside and out during these 10-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.

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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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