Children and Family Programs

Family programs at PAFA engage parents and children with the museum collection and art-making.
Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy

Sunday afternoons, 2:00-4:00 PM

Bring the whole family to PAFA on Sunday afternoons to meet local artists, learn new skills, and make a different project every week. No registration required. PAFA's Family Arts Academy workshops are free monthly programs that aim to strengthen initiatives in family development and art education.

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Saturday Classes for Middle School Students

Saturday Classes for Middle School Students allow budding artists ages 11-13 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.

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Summer Art Camps for Kids 4-15

Summer Art Camps nurture seeing, exploration, and creativity for young people ages 4-15. Weekly sessions take place in PAFA’s Historic Cast Hall studios with daily 9:00 am-3:00 pm schedule that includes morning session, light snack, lunch (brought by each camper), and an afternoon session. Aftercare is available.

restorative justice workshop

PAFA in Your Community: Outreach Workshops

Museum Education staff visits community organizations throughout the Philadelphia area to share PAFA's legacy and provide hands-on art-making experiences for the community members. From libraries to churches, school family nights to faith-based organization, PAFA looks to engage the greater Philadelphia community with its collection and art-making tradition.

Outreach workshops consist of a brief presentation about PAFA and our current exhibitions, and an art-making lesson.Workshops are 90 minutes, with supplies and materials are provided by PAFA. Outreach workshops requires a minimum of 25 participants. 

Visitor's Guide for Families

Does the museum accomodate strollers?

Yes. PAFA has large coat check spaces for diaper bags, kids coats, and other things you may want to store during your visit.


Can we take photographs and selfies during our visit?

Photography is permitted in PAFA's galleries. Flash photography is not permitted at any time.

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 the permanent collection which has activities for children to do during 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 classical nudes at times. Ultimately, this is a personal preference and parents are encouraged to preview exhibitions or to contact the Museum Education 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!


Family Arts Academy at PAFA is made possible with support from the 1830 Family Foundation, the Amaranth Foundation, the Connelly Foundation, and The Lindback Foundation.

Saturday Classes for Middle School Students are made possible through the generous funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The School and Community Partnership Program is funded by grants from the William Penn Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, with additional generous support provided by the Fleischner Family Foundation and Dale and Richard Levy.


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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.