Children and Family Programs

Family programs at PAFA engage parents and children with the museum collection and art making - virtually and in person.

Online family program

Family Arts Academy 

FREE Art making workshops for kids and parents of all ages!

We'll you in the Fall of 2022, when we hope to be back in person! Stay tuned for updates and Fall schedule. To see some of the past programs and art making programs subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

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Summer Art Camps

Designed for all artistic skill levels, our Art Camp is where your children can expand their creativity and imagination, make new friends, create artworks, and explore PAFA's historic museum collection. Camp usually runs from the last week of June through the second week of August. Every week is a new artistic adventure, so you can register for individual weeks or for the whole summer. For teens 15 and older, visit Teens and Pre-College Summer Programs.

students around table paining landscapes

Young Artist Academy

Art Classes allow budding artists ages 10–14 the opportunity to build skills in different areas of art-making, learn from the PAFA's collection of American art, and to meet new friends who share a common interest. Museum galleries and studios are open again to welcome young artists, while our online programs use Canvas Learning Management System, Zoom conferencing, and other technologies to bring learning into your home with the same level of educational rigor, social connection, and creative fun as always. Fall schedule coming in October 2022.

student showing their work

Art Club - Afterschool Program

Keep your young artists ages 6-9 busy after the school day is over with art-making and museum exploration. Our educators run fun and creative art-making activities, ranging from drawing and mixed media art to sculpture and paper art. Fall schedule coming in October 2022.

Kids at PAFA's salon gallery

Homeschool Days at PAFA

Homeschool and Cyberschool families and educators are invited to join us for special monthly programs filled with interactive art tours and lessons for students in grades K through 8. Activities facilitated by professional museum educators focus on the enhancement of academic curricula highlighting literacy, observation, critical thinking, communication, and social skill development. Fall schedule coming in September 2022.

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Learning to Look - Online Resources for Kids and Families

Here you can find hands-on activities and short educational videos exploring PAFA collection for the whole family to enjoy.

 teacher at the outreach workshop

Community Outreach Programs

Online for 2022 PAFA offers art-making projects and workshops for a variety of communities throughout Philadelphia.  Need help bringing virtual art-making to your audiences during COVID-19? PAFA can help! Workshops for non-profits, corporations and schools are available!

Please email Katerina Romanenko at kromanenko@pafa.org to inquire.

Visitor's Guide for Families

Does the museum accomodate strollers?

Yes. However, during COVID-19, PAFA's coat check spaces will be temporarily closed, so please be prepared to keep diaper bags, kids coats, and other bulky items together during your visit. 

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

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.)

Download the Family Gallery Guide


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 info@pafa.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!


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PAFA offers programs for artists and art lovers of all ages and skill levels who want to learn about and make art.