Youth and Family Programs
Family programs at PAFA engage parents and children with the museum collection and art making.
To learn more about our programs and to register follow the links below.
To see some of the past art making programs subscribe to our YouTube Channel!
General support for Youth and Family Programs at PAFA is generously provided by the Connelly Foundation, the Satell Institute, the Sylvia W. and Randall M. Kauders Foundation, the Hassel Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Abolition Society Endowment Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.
Visitor's Guide for Families
Does the museum accommodate strollers?
Are there family-friend restrooms?
Yes. Both of PAFA's museum buildings have family restrooms available with changing tables and space for strollers.
Can we take photographs and selfies during our visit?
Non-flash photography is permitted in PAFA's galleries. Feel free to tag us online at #pafamuseum and #pafafamily
Does the museum have tips for talking about art with my children?
PAFA encourages parents to ask questions like "What do you think is going on in this painting and what makes you say that?" to help young visitors develop their own vocabulary around art. PAFA also provides a downloadable Family Gallery Guide of some objects from the permanent collection which has activities for children to do during or before a visit to the museum. (Please note: Only pencils may be used in the galleries.)
Are all PAFA exhibitions appropriate for my child?
Some PAFA exhibitions are geared more toward adults and PAFA's tradition of celebrating the human figure does include nudes at times. Ultimately, this is a personal preference and parents are encouraged to preview exhibitions or to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about what objects are on view.
How should my children behave in the museum galleries?
Your child should look, talk, laugh, question, play, and explore during their museum visit. We encourage active learning of all kinds, so feel free to encourage your child to act out poses from paintings, sketch with pencil and paper, tell stories and to do all of it sitting on the floor if that's where they are comfortable. We ask that you be cognizant of the experience of other visitors in a shared space and make sure there is no running or touching, but please, have fun!
PAFA offers programs for artists and art lovers of all ages and skill levels who want to learn about and make art.