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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 at the Family Cart.

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

  • Fascinating Furniture
    • Sunday, December 21, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • What’s It Made Of
    • Sunday, January 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, January 25, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Knights & Dragons
    • Sunday, February 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, February 15, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

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

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

  • Food, Glorious Food
    • Sunday, December 21, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Medieval Mysteries
    • Sunday, January 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, January 25, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Picasso to Pollock
    • Sunday, February 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, February 15, 2015, Starts at 11:00 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, December 21, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 11, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 25, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 8, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 15, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.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 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 27, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 28, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 29, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.

Baby Bird Playdate
Location: Preschool Room, ground floor
Best for babies, toddlers, and their grown-ups

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

  • Friday, January 2, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 9, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 16, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 6, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 13, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 20, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 27, 2015, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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

Let your creativity soar at the Family Studio, where people of all ages can drop in and create together.

  • Around the World
    • Sunday, January 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Winter Wonder - Landscapes
    • Sunday, February 1, 2015, 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, January 14, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.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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Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Celebration
Sunday, January 18, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 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. Performances by St. Thomas Gospel Choir

Bring the whole family and enjoy art-making, family tours, and fabulous performances. Raise your voice in song and discover Represent.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 19, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 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. Performances by Danco2

Make art and give back to your community—create greeting-cards that will be distributed by MANNA. Family tours and dance performances provide inspiration on this important day.

“Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission

Asian New Year
Sunday, February 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 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. Performances by 10tecomai

Bring the whole family and enjoy art-making, family tours, and fabulous performances. Ring in the Lunar New Year with high-energy dance performances, Japanese painting activities, and tours of Ink and Gold.

Every Family Party: Ink and Gold
Saturday, May 2, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Paid tickets required
$35/person, $30/person (groups of 5 or more)

Make art! Dance! Eat! Play! Party the night away! This annual fundraiser for the Museum’s Division of Education and Public Programs, presented by PNC Arts Alive, promises to be a night to remember for our littlest visitors and their adults. We hope you can join us for an evening full of kid-friendly art activities, food, and fun.

With questions, please call 215-684-7750 or email .


Sponsorship Opportunities
In addition to receiving recognition on event signage and in the event program, all sponsors are invited to the Pre-Party at 4:30 p.m., immediately preceding the event.

$5,000 Beam ($4,500 is tax deductible)
  • Ten event tickets, including the Sponsor Pre-Party
  • Sponsorship of a unique art station or performance at the event

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$2,500 Glow ($2,100 is tax deductible)
  • Eight event tickets, including the Sponsor Pre-Party

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$1,000 Shimmer ($700 is tax deductible)
  • Six event tickets, including the Sponsor Pre-Party

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$500 Sparkle ($300 is tax deductible)
  • Four event tickets, including the Sponsor Pre-Party

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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 20th, 2015. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks for the winter semester beginning December 2nd 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 - Winter Session
January 20 - March 26, 2015
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins November 18, 2014
Open registration begins December 2, 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.

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 20 - March 24, 2015
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    January 21 - March 25, 2015
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    January 22 - March 26, 2015
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday Classes - Winter Session
January 24 - March 28, 2015
Location: Education Studios

Re-enrollment for current students begins November 18, 2014
Open registration begins December 2, 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.

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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