18+ Things Your Kid Can See, Touch, Do & Create During the Art Museum’s Art Splash Days

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 by

This post was sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art who provided us with complimentary admission. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information about Philadelphia museums & day trips we think your family may enjoy.


What sparks your kid’s imagination?


What makes them want to splash into art?

Philadelphia Museum of Art art splash inspiration board

For my own boys it’s about what can they see, touch, and do to create art. The books they read, the movies they watch that inspires them to break out the drawing pencils to create a graphic novel or uncap a bottle of play-doh and mold a superhero. You might think of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a very hands off kind of place, but nothing could be further from the truth.


Now for ten weeks this summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will become a place where families can enjoy creative play together every day. Art Splash, now in its second year, will introduce children and adults to the Museum through a wide range of programs. Come look at all there is for kids to see, touch, do, and create during Art Splash days.


18+ Things Your Kid Can See, Touch, Do & Create During the Art Museum’s Art Splash Days


  • SKETCH the designs seen on the armor in the Horse and Man Armor exhibit using a tablet. LEARN the answers to common questions about wearing armor, such as how to use the bathroom while wearing it.


Using tablets to sketch the knight's armor.

Using tablets to sketch the knight’s armor.


  • SEEK out animals in the carved structures of the Medieval Cloister exhibit using only a flashlight and a leatherbound bestiaries (books about animals, real and mythical).


Working by flashlight to find the animal carvings

Working by flashlight to find the animal carvings


  • SEARCH for symbols on a Heraldic Carpet.


  • EXPLORE different materials (plants, crushed bugs) used to dye carpets and clothing.


  • WRITE an Art Splash postcard about your “visit” to the land of the Moorish Chief.


  • CREATE your own Cubist masterpiece (collage-like art making activity) in the Three Musicians exhibit.


  • LISTEN to a story of Ceres and Prosperpina in the Still Life With Terms and a Bust of Ceres area.


  • EXAMINE a painting for all the fruits and foods in it.


  • In Peale’s Museum, SPOT realistic parts of the painting. ASK how it’s similar and different to other objects in gallery.


  • UNROLL a hand scroll in the Ceremonial Teahouse and AWAKEN all five senses.


  • At the Sunflowers and Japanese Footbridge: USE color wheels to spot specific colors and textures in the paintings. COUNT how many different shades of yellow, green, etc you can find.


  • TAKE a twice-daily interactive tours both for younger and older children.


  • GAME IT UP with the introduction of Gallery Games, with daily afternoon treasure hunts, sketching, and hands-on activities for 6–10 year olds, all led by Museum educators.


  • WITNESS as the Early Bird Read and Look will invite visitors ages 3–5 to enjoy readings of gallery-related picture books and art projects on Saturday and Sunday mornings.


  • KNOW no limits as The Museum will also offer a program designed for babies and toddlers—Baby Bird Playdate will feature circle time and art walks on Tuesday and Friday mornings.


  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Art Splash 3BE an artist! The Splash Studio, a family home base for art making inspired by the masterpieces, will be located on the Great Stair Hall Balcony on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays until 7:00 p.m.


  • DELVE deeper into art by registering for Family Art Workshops, in which adults and kids ages 6 and up will make art together.


  • RETURN each week to create a new themed masterpiece
    • June 27–29 (Opening Weekend): Splash into Summer
    • July 1–6: Red, White, and Glue
    • July 8–13: Arms and Armor
    • July 15–20: Wonderful Weavings
    • July 22–27: Art in the Garden
    • July 29–August 3: Mixed-Up Music
    • August 5–10: Mythological Mischief
    • August 12–17: Trip around the World
    • August 19–24: Medieval Worlds
    • August 26–September 1: Tea and Treasure


Here’s what else you should know about the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art Splash

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Art Splash 1Themed to ten important Museum masterpieces, from Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Eduard Charlemont’s The Moorish Chief to the Japanese teahouse, Art Splash will offer gallery explorations, hands-on studio art making, and performances.
  • From now through September 1, families can drop in, pickup an Art Splash map, and discover activities in the galleries nearby each of the masterpieces.


Philadelphia Museum of Art Hours

Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays until 8:45 p.m.


Philadelphia Museum of Art Admission

Admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is always free for children 12 and under, and admission is Pay What You Wish on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 until 8:45 p.m. and on the first Sunday of every month.


Philadelphia Museum of Art Location

Main Building, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130


For more information about Art Splash, visit the website at http://philamuseum.org/artsplash. To view our Philadelphia Museum of Art Art Splash pictures please visit our Facebook page.


In full disclosure, we were provided with tickets to attend the Philadelphia Museum of Art. All opinions are our own and honest based on our experience.

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