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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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Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall/West Lobby
Best for grownups with babies

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

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Baby Bird Playdate
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.

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.

  • People & Portraits
    • Sunday, February 14, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
      • Sunday, February 21, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
        • Sunday, February 28, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
          Uncover the stories of the people looking out from the artwork hanging in the galleries.
      • Creative Creatures
        • Sunday, March 13, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
          • Sunday, March 20, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
            • Sunday, March 27, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
              Meet all kinds of creatures in the Museum’s artwork, from furry animals and cute critters to mythical beasts and magical dragons.
          • Art of Nature
            • Sunday, April 10, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
              • Sunday, April 17, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                • Sunday, April 24, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                  As April showers turn to flowers, see how artists celebrate nature’s beauty.
              • Spectacular Sculptures
                • Sunday, May 8, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                  • Sunday, May 15, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                    • Sunday, May 22, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                      • Sunday, May 29, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
                        From big and bold to small and delicate. Explore the many sizes, shapes, and forms of art in our galleries and sculpture garden.

Family Art Cart
Perfect for all ages

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

  • Sunday, February 14, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 21, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 13, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 20, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 27, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 10, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 17, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 24, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 29, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Spring Break at the Museum
Tuesday through Friday, March 22-25, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Indulge in creative family time during spring break week.

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Family Gallery Tours
12:00–3:00 p.m. Family Art Cart

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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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Asian New Year
Sunday, February 7, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with a performance by Dance China NY, a Chinese lantern art activity, calligraphy demonstrations, and tours focused on East Asian art.

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio
11:00 a.m.–2:00 pm. Meet the Artists
11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. Pop-Up Mini Tours
11:30 and 1:30 p.m. Dance China NY

South Asian Celebration
Sunday, March 6, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Be inspired by royal drawings, contemporary photographs, and colorful weavings from all around South Asia. Make art with your family and enjoy captivating performances by The Courtyard Dancers.

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Atrium Studio
11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. The Courtyard Dancers

Days of Knights
Sunday, April 3, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Balcony Studio
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Hear ye, all knights and ladies fare! Bring your family to a day of revelry in the Museum’s arms and armor collection. Watch a knight get dressed for battle and try your luck on the Medieval Mysteries gallery quest.

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Balcony Studio
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Medieval Mysteries Gallery Quest
11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. Mini Tours
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Armor demos

Picture Book Party
Sunday, May 1, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Dress for mess when you join us for this playful painting party. Celebrated author Hervé Tullet will give performative readings and lead a giant collaborative painting project for the whole family.

10:30 a.m.–noon Morning performance & workshop
2:00–3:30 p.m. Afternoon performance & workshop

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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 12, 2016. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks for the spring semester beginning March 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. for returning students and March 22 for new students. 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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Saturday Classes - Winter Session
January 16 - March 19, 2016
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.

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.

Weekday Classes - Winter Session
January 12 - March 17, 2016
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.

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 12 - March 15, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    January 13 - March 16, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    January 14 - March 17, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Weekday Classes - Spring Session
April 12 - May 12, 2016
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins March 8, 2016
Open registration begins March 22, 2016
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 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
    April 12 - May 10, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    April 13 - May 11, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    April 14 - May 12, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday Classes - Spring Session
April 16 - May 14, 2016
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins March 8, 2016
Open registration begins March 22, 2016
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 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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