by Siobhan Gleason
Parents looking for a creative outlet for their kids or a way to meet up with other art-loving parents should visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Art Splash, a summer program in the main building every week until Sept. 1.
Each week, a different masterpiece from the museum’s collection is celebrated with interactive play, tours and family workshops. This week’s focus is “Wonderful Weavings.”
Art Splash’s activities include Splash Studio, a drop-in spot where kids can build, read and create art with their families. (Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
The Baby Bird Playdate is an artsy meetup for babies, toddlers and parents on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:15 a.m. Art Splash also offers separate gallery tours for kids and for toddlers. These tours include interactive games and activities to immerse families in the museum’s art. (Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.)
Gallery Games is another way to experience the art galleries through treasure hunts, looking games, sketching and more. (Tuesday to Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.)
Night Owl Read and Look (Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.) and Early Bird Read and Look (Saturdays and Sundays from 10:15 to 11 a.m.) are another way to experience the galleries through stories and play.
With the exclusion of Family Art Workshop, all Art Splash activities are free after admission. Family Art Workshop is held on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $10 a person or $8 for members. Reservations are required. Family Art Workshops involve a collaborative art project that changes weekly, along with a gallery conversation.
Later weeks in Art Splash will focus on Claude Monet’s garden, Pablo Picasso’s cubism, mythological art and much more.