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ArtSee Cart: Circus/Costumes

ArtSee Activities: Awesome Architecture

Imagination stations for family fun! Drop-in programs for all ages on Free First Sundays.

What a building! After observing and sketching fascinating architectural details in our building, construct your own diorama of the Barnes collection and design your own Parkway building bag.

Sunday, May 1
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; drop-in

Pick up a separate Free First Sunday ticket starting at 9 am to access the galleries.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, May 8
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Circus Surprise

ARTime Storytime: Barney Backhoe and the Big City Dig

by Susan Knopf

A backhoe named Barney is excited to help build a skyscraper in the big city—you can build a skyscraper too. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.

Thursday, May 12
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; reservations required for each child and adult in your party. Collection admission not included.

Reserve tickets online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200; call us to cancel reservations.

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PNC Grow Up Great Family Day

Join us for a family extravaganza like no other, featuring hands-on art and architecture projects, storytime, and take-home fun for everyone. In celebration of our fourth year on the Parkway, check out our building’s awesome architectural details and construct your own Barnes building and bag. During story time, listen to books for children of all ages about buildings and about artists in the Barnes collection. Does not include collection admission.

Grow up Great

 

 

 

Sunday, May 15
11 am–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; drop-in

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ArtSee Cart: African Art Adventure

When the ArtSee Cart pops up, there are plenty of things to look at, touch, and do! For all ages.

The ArtSee Cart is generously funded by The 25th Century Foundation; Marcy Gringlas, Joel Greenberg, and Seed the Dream Foundation; and Louise A. and Peter H. Havens

Sunday, May 15
2–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; drop-by

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, May 15
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

shapes in buildings

ARTime Storytime: Shapes in Buildings

Discover the different shapes you can find in buildings and build your own shape construction. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.

Thursday, May 19
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; reservations required for each child and adult in your party. Collection admission not included.

Reserve online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200; call us to cancel reservations.

ArtSee Cart: Circus/Costumes

ArtSee Activities: Lush Landscapes

Imagination stations for family fun! Drop-in programs for all ages on Free First Sundays.

With plenty of sunny and shady landscapes to look at in the cool galleries at the Barnes, you’ll have plenty of inspiration for your own pop-up garden, picturesque painting, and landscape bag.

Sunday, June 5
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; drop-in

Pick up a separate Free First Sunday ticket starting at 9 am to access the galleries.

Circus Surprise

ARTime Storytime: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Whether fluttery, pretty, creepy, or roly-poly, bugs can be delightful or frightful. After the reading, try sculpting a bug. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.

Thursday, June 9
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; reservations required for each child and adult in your party. Collection admission not included.

Reserve online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200; call us to cancel reservations.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, June 12
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

matisse's garden

ARTime Storytime: Matisse’s Garden

After cutting out one paper bird and thinking it looked lonely, Henri Matisse created a garden filled with playful shapes. With Matisse as your inspiration, collage colorful materials to make your own glorious garden. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.

Thursday, June 16
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; reservations required for each child and adult in your party. Collection admission not included.

Reserve online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200; call us to cancel reservations.

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ArtSee Cart: African Art Adventure

When the ArtSee Cart pops up, there are plenty of things to look at, touch, and do! For all ages.

The ArtSee Cart is generously funded by The 25th Century Foundation; Marcy Gringlas, Joel Greenberg, and Seed the Dream Foundation; and Louise A. and Peter H. Havens

Sunday, June 19
2–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; drop-by

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, June 19
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.