My in-laws lived in Philadelphia for years and years, but then moved close to us (outside DC) after my third child, Molly, was born. Well, Molly turns five this summer and I’m embarrassed to say we haven’t been back to Philadelphia since then, despite so much to see and do in Philadelphia, like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and The Franklin Institute.
Besides historical treasures in Philadelphia, there are also a variety of museums and art galleries with truly family-friendly offerings, like workshops, tours and children’s gardens. Take a look at four arts-oriented stops worth making if you find yourself in Philadelphia with kids.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Every Sunday, you and your kids can enjoy free Family Arts Academy Workshops. Create still lifes with after-school snacks, learn to draw animals, discover the secrets of color, patterns and optical art. So much to learn during these weekly art-focused sessions.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: You’ll find loads of family-friendly art programs here, including Early Bird Read and Look on Sunday mornings when you and your preschooler can enjoy picture books and art projects in the galleries. Be sure to also check out family gallery tours that explore different themes every weekend to help you and the kids discover different works of art.
Woodmere Art Museum: Stop by on Friday evenings for Friday Night Family Happenings where you and your kids can enjoy storytelling, learn about works of art in the collection and take part in simple, hands-on craft activities. Meanwhile, the Children’s Garden is a must-stop with fanciful wooden creatures, birdhouses, butterflies and jeweled stepping stones.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: Better known as the Penn Museum, stop in for Family Second Sunday Workshops from October to April to learn about ancient and contemporary cultures through hands-on activities. The final workshop of the season will be held on Sunday, April 1 (one week early due to the Easter holiday) and will focus on Maya Temples.
What are some of your favorite museums and attractions in Philadelphia? I’m planning to take my family up to Philadelphia the first week in August, so let me know in the comments section some of your favorite must-stops in Philly.
Photo Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art