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PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Barnes Big Draw

Free / Family / Music / Social / Performance

Sunday, January 6, 10am – 5pm


Free, with priority access for families with children under 18. Tickets are available on-site starting at 10am.

About the Event

It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Barnes! Visitors have access to the collection and our Berthe Morisot exhibition, plus all our family activities and entertainment.

Our theme this month is inspired by our friends across the ocean—The Big Draw is a British-based visual literacy program that encourages learning through drawing. We're sharpening our colored pencils and crayons and inviting you and your family to sketch, draw, and doodle away. Plus, experiment with movement activities and even balloons to express your ideas and have fun!

What's On

10am – 4pm Art Making

Join artists in creating a “doodle mural”—a visual landscape combining casual doodles and detailed illustrations. Take a seat at our still-life station or grab a sketch pad and draw on your own. You can also learn how to make your own sketchbook so you’re always ready to draw!

Activities change throughout the day. 

10:30am, 11:15am Storytime

Tales for young imaginations! Join our storyteller for a journey of pictures and words!


12 – 2pm Let's Connect Open Studio: Eric Goldberg

Head out to the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes to see a printing demonstration by Let’s Connect artist-in-residence Eric Goldberg.

12:30 – 3:30pm Installation/Performance: Fabulous Faces: Balloon Animals

Watch as the entertainers of Philly’s Fabulous Faces twist colorful balloons into animals and plants drawn from their imagination. Their fanciful creatures will populate a floral landscape in a magical installation created over the course of the afternoon. If you’re patient, you may even get to take home part of their creation!

Getting Tickets

Free tickets are available on-site at 10am, include collection access, and are limited to four per person. Families with children under 18 get priority access to the collection at the time of arrival. Tickets go fast, but you don’t need one to enjoy our other activities and performances. Just drop by anytime during the day!

Did you know? ACCESS cardholders get in free every day.


Free First Sunday Family Days are generously presented by: