From Gallery Romps (for ages 3 to 6 and their parents or chaperones), to Second Sunday Family Workshops (drop-ins welcome, suitable for ages 5 and older), from 40 Winks with the Sphinx Sleepovers (ages 6 to 12 and their chaperones), to World Culture Days and Afternoons (fun for all ages), Penn Museum offers families age-appropriate programs to inspire, educate and enjoy.
World Culture Afternoons
Penn Museum galleries, classrooms, and auditoriums come alive with music and dance, performances and workshops, and talks and tours in these popular family-friendly programs, all free with Museum admission donation. For more information, call 215.898.2680.
Saturday, January 25, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
World Culture Day
Chinese New Year Celebration
Gallop into the Chinese New Year to celebrate the Year of the Horse—and learn more about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia—at this annual, daylong extravaganza. The whole family can enjoy a wide variety of music and dance performances, martial and healing arts demonstrations, Feng Shui and folk tale presentations, children's activities, storytelling, and arts and crafts. The day ends with a drum roll, a roar, and the popular Grand Finale Lion Dance Parade. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.
Saturday, February 8, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
World Culture Afternoon
Annual Celebration of African Cultures
The 25th annual Celebration of African Cultures comes alive with special programs to delight the entire family. Traditional storytelling, electrifying African dance and music performances and workshops, children's activities, gallery tours, and more enliven the Museum. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.
Family Second Sunday Workshops
Second Sunday of each month, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Families of all ages are invited to deepen their experience, learn and discover together at these monthly, walk-in workshops offered in the new Education Classroom. Activities change each session. Programs are free with Museum admission, and advance registration is only required for groups of 10 or more. To register, call 215.898.4016.
Kids and families can drop in and learn about the hamsa, a palm-shaped design popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Participants trace their hands and get creative with mixed media, before exploring the Islamic Near East Gallery with a scavenger hunt.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and kids and families can start celebrating at this drop-in workshop. Participants can show their love for their mummy, daddy, sibling, or friend by creating a valentine written in Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Select Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:15 am
The Penn Museum has a new program designed for families with preschoolers! Young children (ages 3 to 6) and their favorite grownups are invited to explore the Penn Museum's galleries through stories, crafts, and play. Free with Museum admission.
Saturday, January 18, 10:30 - 11:15 am
Participants can go on a race for the zodiac with cat, rat, and other furry, feathered, and scaly friends, before exploring the Penn Museum’s China Gallery for animals. Each workshop is limited to 25 people and purchasing tickets before the program date is encouraged. To register, visit www.penn.museum/kids-and-family/romps
Saturday, 10:30 - 11:15 am
In this Gallery Romp, children are introduced to Harry's friend—a horse only he can see. Then guests meet Curly and Autumn Dew, the Museum's 1,000-year-old horses! Each workshop is limited to 25 people and purchasing tickets before the program date is encouraged. To register, visit www.penn.museum/kids-and-family/romps.
40 Winks with the Sphinx
January 17; January 24; Feburary 28; more dates listed online
Friday, 5:30 pm - Saturday, 9:00 am
Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6–12 and their families or chaperones, invites guests to an overnight "expedition" of the Museum. The night's activities take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on games, crafts, and more! A scavenger hunt and a flashlight expedition through the galleries offer new ways to connect with the ancient artifacts awaiting discovery. Later in the night, explorers roll out their sleeping bags to doze at the foot of the largest granite Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere! For more information, go to www.penn.museum/40Winks
or call 215.898.2680.