Children and Family Programs

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

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Summer Art Camps

For kids 10-14

We are offering Virtual Art Camp as well as a small, In-person Camps for Summer 2021. Designed for all skill levels, your children can make new friends, create artworks, and explore PAFA's historic museum collection. Every week is a new artistic adventure and celebration of creativity and friendship at our Art Camp. Register for individual weeks or for the whole summer. 

For teens 15 and older, visit Teens and Pre-College Summer Programs.

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Art Explorer Virtual Afterschool Academy

Classes Begin Again in Fall 2021

Keep your young artists ages 6-13 busy after the school day is over with our online art-making sessions. Our educators run fun and creative art-making activities, ranging from drawing and mixed media art to sculpture and paper art.

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Family Arts Academy

 Classes Begin Again in Fall 2021

Whatever shape your family takes, join us and other families to learn about, create, and celebrate art! Friends and family members from all over the United States and even the world can spend time together in our Virtual Family Art Academy. Join our PAFA art educators live on zoom, and make a fun creative projects with materials found mostly at home.

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Saturday Classes for Middle School Students

Classes Begin Again in Fall 2021 Saturday Classes for Middle School Students (SCMS) allow budding artists ages 10–13 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. 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.

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Community Outreach Programs

Online for 2021 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! Available workshops for non-profits, corporations and schools coming September 2020. 

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.