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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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Baby Bird Playdate
Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m.
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

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

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.

  • Art Splash
    • 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)
Tuesdays - Sundays, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
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.

Family Workshop
Location: Studio 4
Kids ages 6-12 with an adult
Reservations required
$14 member, $16 nonmember
Space is limited. Tuition is non-refundable.

Roll-up your sleeves and enjoy creative time as a family. Workshops include gallery conversations followed by collaborative art-making in the studios. Each class is offered twice and explores a wide variety of media.

You may register in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks or by phone by calling 215-235-7469.
  • Clay Creatures
    • Saturday, August 8, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Nature Prints
    • Saturday, August 15, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 22, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.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, August 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Art Splash Author & Illustrator Series

Your favorite children’s books come to life in this interactive series. Mingle with the authors and illustrators, and enjoy inspiring readings. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Wolfie the Bunny, Ame Dyckman and Zachariah Ohora
    • Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Family Tours
Tour meets in West Lobby

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

  • Treasures
    • Sunday, September 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Sunday, September 20, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
        The Museum is filled with treasures—come explore famous masterpieces and find hidden gems.
    • Made in the USA
      • Sunday, October 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
        • Sunday, October 18, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
          • Sunday, October 25, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
            Check out artwork made in the United States and the artists behind the masterpieces.
        • Modern Marvels
          • Sunday, November 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
            • Sunday, November 15, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
              • Sunday, November 22, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                • Sunday, November 29, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                  Bright colors, squiggly lines, and bold shapes—explore the world of modern art.

Family Art Cart
Perfect for all ages

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

  • Sunday, September 13, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 11, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 18, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 25, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 8, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 15, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 22, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 29, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.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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Harvest Festival at Mount Pleasant
Sunday, October 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Pleasant
Free after admission

Travel back in time to a colonial American harvest festival. Grown-ups can enjoy a beer brewing demonstration by the Pennsylvania Brewery Historians.

10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Seasonal crafts
11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. Pop-Up Mini Tours
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Artist demonstrations
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Musical performances by TBD

Buses to Mount Pleasant depart from the Museum’s West Entrance every 20 minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Dia de los Muertos
Sunday, November 1, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with a joyful parade of costumed dancers and vibrant Mexican music, and contribute to a large community altar, a centerpiece of any Dia de los Muertos celebration.

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 & 2:00 p.m. Pop-Up Mini Tours
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Performances by the San Mateo Carnavaleros

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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 29, 2015. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks for the fall semester beginning August 11, 2015 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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Weekday Classes - Fall Session
September 29 - December 10, 2015
Location: Education Studios

Registration begins Tuesday, August 11, 2015.
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 29 - December 8, 2015
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    September 30 - December 9, 2015
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    October 1 - December 10, 2015
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday Classes - Fall Session
October 3 - December 12, 2015
Location: Education Studios

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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