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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, presented by PNC Arts Alive

Coming This Summer: Art Splash

June 30–September 3, 2018
Main building

This summer Art Splash is bringing a little piece of the big city inside for kids and their grown-ups. Enjoy the shapes and colors, sights and sounds of the exhibition Modern Times and play in our own mini metropolis. Museum admission for kids twelve and under is always free.

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Family Programs

Spend quality, creative time with your family. Children under 12 are always free. All family programs are included with Museum admission.

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Family Tours
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
For ages 3–5 and 6–10

Look, learn, and tell us what you think on these playful tours.

  • Artful Opposites
    • Sunday, May 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      Search high and low, left to right, near and far for opposites in art.

Family Art Cart
Perfect for all ages

Drop by to play games, sketch, and make art among the masterpieces.

    • Sunday, May 27, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      Search high and low, left to right, near and far for opposites in art.
  • Things that Go
    • Sunday, June 10, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, June 17, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, June 24, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
          ​Start your engines! Imagine riding the cars, trains, and boats vrooming their way through art.

Baby Bird Playdate
Fridays at 10:15 a.m.
July & August: Tuesdays & Fridays at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet in Education Studios 1 & 2
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

Play at the Museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​

Art Explorers
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
For ages 3–5 and 6–10

Look, learn, and tell us what you think on these playful tours.

    • Sunday, June 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, June 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, June 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
          ​Start your engines! Imagine riding the cars, trains, and boats vrooming their way through art.

Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grown-ups 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.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Calder Re-Wired
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

The Picasso People bring the work of sculptor Alexander Calder to life through mime, music, and puppetry on this special Pay What You Wish Monday.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash
  • Monday, July 2, 2018, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday Night Family Studio
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​Stay up late and make some art before bedtime.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Family Art Workshop: Parkway Prints (ages 4–7 with an adult)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
South Terrace Education Classrooms B
Paid reservations required
$20 ($16 members) per child, per class
Adults must register as well and are free with admission.

In this studio class for kids and their grown-ups, learn to use a printing press to make your mark on the bustling city.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

Family Art Workshop: Parkway Prints (ages 8–12 with an adult)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
South Terrace Education Classrooms B
Paid reservations required
$20 ($16 members) per child, per class
Adults must register as well and are free with admission.

In this studio class for kids and their grown-ups, learn to use a printing press to make your mark on the bustling city.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

Sensory-Friendly Mornings
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Reservations required
Space is limited. To reserve your spot, email .

These mornings are specially designed for children on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory sensitivities. The lights, volume, and crowds are turned down but not the fun or creativity.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Evening Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grown-ups with babies
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​Fussy baby? Don’t sweat it—this evening stroller tour is made just for you.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Family Art Workshop: Clay Play (ages 4–7 with an adult)
Saturday, July 21, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
South Terrace Education Classrooms B
Paid reservations required
$20 ($16 members) per child, per class
Adults must register as well and are free with admission.

In this studio class for kids and their grown-ups, get up close and sculpt a 3D portrait in clay.​

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

Family Art Workshop: Clay Play (ages 8–12 with an adult)
Saturday, July 21, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
South Terrace Education Classrooms B
Paid reservations required
$20 ($16 members) per child, per class
Adults must register as well and are free with admission.

In this studio class for kids and their grown-ups, get up close and sculpt a 3D portrait in clay.​

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Grammy Award nominees Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could bring their infectious, high-energy rock ’n’ roll to the Great Stair Hall.

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash
  • Sunday, August 5, 2018, Starts at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Family Art Workshop: Paint the Town (ages 4–7 with an adult)
Saturday, August 11, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
South Terrace Education Classrooms B
Paid reservations required
$20 ($16 members) per child, per class
Adults must register as well and are free with admission.

In this studio class for kids and their grown-ups, roll up your sleeves and paint a modern canvas.​

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

Family Art Workshop: Paint the Town (ages 8–12 with an adult)
Saturday, August 11, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
South Terrace Education Classrooms B
Paid reservations required
$20 ($16 members) per child, per class
Adults must register as well and are free with admission.

In this studio class for kids and their grown-ups, roll up your sleeves and paint a modern canvas.​

​Offered in conjunction with Art Splash

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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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Spaces & Places
Sunday, June 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​How do artists transform everyday spaces? Get inspired by colossal creations in our Sculpture Garden and work with special guest artist Aaron Asis to transform the Great Stair Hall.

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Children’s Art Classes

Young artists get to know the Museum inside and out during these award-winning classes.

Registration for the fall session begins August 21 for returning students and September 4 for new students. Check back soon for more information.

Support for Children’s Art Classes has been provided by Ellen and Mickey Simon.



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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