#GoMommy: Take A Family Day Trip As Art Splash Returns To Philly

July 1, 2015  |  

This summer families will be able to sample the many pleasures of Art Splash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Presented through PNC Arts Alive, this lively program provides a variety of ways for kids and grown-ups to enjoy creative play together. Now in its third year, Art Splash 2015 features an exhibition, a large custom-designed studio, hands-on workshops and tours, festivals with performances, and a new mobile application especially designed for families. It;s the perfect destination for a day or weekend trip for families.

Art Splash 2015 is themed to the alphabet and the natural world, focusing on subjects such as animals, rivers, and trees. Through gallery tours and art making activities, visitors can experience engaging works from the Museum’s collection.

Emily Schreiner, The Berton and Sallie Korman Associate Curator of Education for Family and Community Learning at the Museum, who oversees the Art Splash program said, “Our goal is to offer opportunities for families to spend time together in a creative and enjoyable learning environment. Art Splash encourages everyone to feel that they belong here at the Museum.”

The Splash Studio will be the center of the many activities visitors can experience in Art Splash. It will be located near the Museum’s galleries and will provide a welcoming environment, including seating scaled for toddlers, older children, and adults. Outside the studio will be a convenient stroller parking area for on-the-go groups. The 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.

Among the special features of this year’s edition of Art Splash is an exhibition 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.

In the exhibition, the “A” section will enable children to look for animals represented in works of art. In the “R” section, they’ll find depictions of streams and rivers in landscape paintings; and in the “T” section, a range of delightful renderings of trees.

The Museum will also launch its new A is for Art Museum app in conjunction with Art Splash. This digital way-finding tool will offer families the opportunity to take a self-guided adventure and discover twenty-six works of art throughout the Museum keyed to the letters of the alphabet. As visitors encounter a work of art, text, audio, and video elements will present stories on their hand-held devices. The application will be available on iPad minis for use in the galleries.

“Art Splash presents a wonderful range of opportunities for children and families to experience art in a fun, creative environment. The Museum’s programming reflects the essence of the PNC Arts Alive initiative and our shared focus on bringing the community together by supporting easy access and engagement with the arts,”Paula Fryland, PNC regional president for Philadelphia-Southern New Jersey.

Art Splash Gallery and Studio Programs

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


Family Festival Days (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.


Family Art Workshops

Select Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Kids ages 6-12 with an adult $16 ($14)

Enjoy creative time as a family.  Each class is offered twice and explores a wide variety of media.

July 18 & 25 Painting Up Close

Aug 1 & 8 Clay Creatures

Aug 15 & 22 Nature Prints


Family Tours

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.


Family Art Cart

Tuesday–Sunday, noon–3:00 p.m.

Museum educators are in the galleries with stories to tell and hands-on activities.


Museum Babies

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.



The Art Splash Gallery and Splash Studio is open on Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday until 7:00 p.m. Closed July 4.



Admission to the Museum is always free for children twelve 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.


For more information about Art Splash, visit the website at philamuseum.org/artsplash.

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