Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art Splash Days for Families Returns

Posted on: July 3rd, 2015 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.


Art Museum Art Splash


What gets your kids excited about art?


What makes them want to splash into art?

My boys love to draw! Maybe it’s their love for telling a story, maybe it’s the inspiration they got at last year’s Art Splash, but wherever we go it’s always, “Mom, can we bring a notebook?” Who am I to say no? I love that sketching, writing, and drawing are ways for them to express themselves. Wherever I can take them to encourage them and develop their artistic talents I am going to do that. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of those places.


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.  Again this summer, Philly’s art museum will become a place where families can enjoy creative play together every day. Art Splash, now in its third year, will introduce children and adults to the art through a wide range of programs. Come look at all there is for kids to see, touch, do, and create during Art Splash days.


Art Splash 2015 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from Jill Frechie on Vimeo.



Kids Can See, Touch & Create During the Art Museum’s Art Splash Days


  • SKETCH what inspires you and them. Simple or complex, I loved it when my 6 year old asked for a notebook so he could sketch this column.


Philadelphia Art Museum Art Splash sketch


  • ADD magnetic leaves to the tree mural. Can you match the patterns on the leaves to artwork in the room?


Philadelphia Art Museum Art Splash magnetic tree


  • DRAW an animal you might see swimming down the chalkboard river.


  • DESIGN a river with translucent blue tiles.


Philadelphia Art Museum Art Splash r is for river


  • CREATE artwork in the Art Splash Studio off the main floor near the coat check.


Philadelphia Art Museum Art Splash create


  • LISTEN to museum educators in the galleries with stories to tell and hands-on activities to do. Tuesdays–Sundays, noon–3:00 p.m.


  • ILLUSTRATE an image for the iSpy game.


Philadelphia Art Museum Art Splash ispy


  • READ about art in the reading lounge, located adjacent to the art studio.


Philadelphia Art Museum Art Splash book cases


  • TAKE an interactive tours both for younger and older children. Family Tours are offered Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
    • Early Birds: Best for ages 3–5
    • Art Explorers: Best for ages 6–10
    • Imaginative play and participatory conversation introduce art to young visitors and their families.


  • BUILD a building, sculpture, anything with different block in the reading lounge.


Philadelphia Museum Art splash building blocks


  • KNOW no limits as The Museum will also offer program designed for babies and toddlers.
    • Baby Bird Playdate
      Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m.
      Toddlers and their grown-ups enjoy circle time with music, games, gallery walks in the company of other art-loving families. Groups meet in the Splash Studio on the ground floor.
    • Stroller Tours
      Wednesdays, July 8 & August 12, 11:00 a.m.
      Gallery tours for parents and caregivers with babies. Tours meet in Lenfest Hall in the West Lobby.
  • IMAGINE stepping into the scene of a piece of art. What would you see? What would you do?


  • ASK questions from illustrators and authors during the Art Splash 2015 Author and Illustrator series, select Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
    • Space is limited; first come, first served
    • Your favorite children’s books come to life in this interactive series. Mingle with the authors and illustrators, and enjoy inspiring readings. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
    • July 15 ~ Flotsam by David Wiesner
    • August 26 ~ Wolfie the Bunny by Anne Dyckman and Zachariah Ohora


  • INTERACT with the A is for Art Museum app. Borrow an iPad from the Art Studio and follow the app’s directions as you identify different artwork (one for each letter of the alphabet) around the museum. Learn more about the art and do artwork-inspired activities.


  • DELVE deeper into art by registering for Family Art Workshops, in which adults and kids ages 6 and up will make art together for $14-$16 per adult.
    • Select Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.: July 18 & 25 Painting Up Close, Aug 1 & 8 Clay Creatures, Aug 15 & 22 Nature Prints


  • RETURN often to create a new themed masterpiece
    • June 30–July 12 R is for Rivers
    • July 14–26 U is for Up Close
    • July 28–August 9 T is for Trees
    • August 11–23 S is for Shadows
    • August 25–September 7 A is for Animals


  • PARTICIPATE in Family Festival Days with Pay What You Wish General Admission
    • Rivers and Waterways
      Sunday, July 5, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m
      Bring the whole family and enjoy art-making, family tours, and fabulous performances.
      Song of the Sea screenings: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
      Academy Award-nominated Song of the Sea, the hand-drawn animated film based on the Irish legend of the selkies, tells the story of the last seal-child who goes on an epic journey to save the world of magic. Best for children 7 and up.
    • The Great Outdoors
      Sunday, August 2, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
      Okee Dokee Brothers performances: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
      Grammy Award and three-time Parents’ Choice Award–winning Okee Dokee Brothers make music that inspires children and their grown-ups to get outside and get creative.


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

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Art Splash 1The Splash Studio will be open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Wednesday until 7:00 p.m.
  • This year’s Art Splash inspired by the Museum’s celebrated children’s book, A is for Art Museum, which teaches the alphabet by highlighting famous works in the collection. Each work of art illustrated in this delightful book corresponds to a letter in the alphabet and is accompanied by questions and suggested activities for families. This book, co-authored by Marla Shoemaker, the Museum’s Kathleen C. Sherrerd Senior Curator of Education, and Katy Friedland, Museum Educator, Special Projects, was published several years ago and has proven to be a favorite of children and adults alike.
  • From now through September 7, 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 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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