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Kids & Families

Welcome back! Booking timed tickets in advance is strongly encouraged. Learn more about our plans to ensure a safe and awe-inspiring visit for all.

Please note that most of our events will continue to be held virtually so that endless discoveries are accessible to all!

Diverse cultures, ancient and contemporary, come alive during our unique programs and events for museum visitors of all ages. Have fun while learning about our shared human history through special performances, hands-on crafts, music, dance and more! Until events resume when the Museum is able to safely reopen, enjoy a host of special online family activities and resources.

Join us from home for virtual programs!

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Summer Exploration Kits

Participate in summer camp fun from your own home. Every two weeks from July through August, the Museum will release a free digital themed kit of activities that will allow young learners to make the most of their home environment through crafts, experiments, short videos, games, and more.

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World Wonders

Take a weekly trip around the world from the comfort of your own home! The Penn Museum's World Wonders morning summer series celebrates the diversity of the world’s cultures through live virtual interactive workshops and activities for school-aged children and their families.

Ship Artifact

Global Voyagers

Explore the secrets of the Penn Museum from your own home—or lawn chair! You control the journey by voting on activities with your fellow explorers. Tour ancient Egypt without breaking a sweat, or journey through Mesopotamian cities without aching feet.

Check out our digital resources.

Penn Museum At Home

Our in-person programs and events will resume once the Museum reopens.

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Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp

Anthropologists in the Making is a summer camp for children ages 7-13. It provides a wide variety of fun, creative learning activities for kids in galleries and classrooms.

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Junior Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp

The Junior Anthropologists in the Making camp program invites curious young minds to explore the Penn Museum through structured, hands-on activities. Junior Anthropologists in the Making is designed for children aged 6 who will be entering 1st grade for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Museum Playdates

Designed for families with children ages 3 to 6, Playdates feature illustrated stories told in Museum galleries, hands-on reproduction artifacts, and make-and-take art activities—plus a snack!

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Second Saturdays

Families can explore the Museum through tours, scavenger hunts, crafts, and more, with themes and activities that change every month!

Day of the Dead dancers

CultureFest!

The annual CultureFest! series celebrates diverse cultures with day-long festivals featuring performances, art-making, storytelling, tours, demonstrations, workshops, film screenings, and more!

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40 Winks Sleepover

Discover the Penn Museum in a unique way with a flashlight expedition through the galleries and exclusive access to special exhibitions. At bedtime, roll out your sleeping bag and fall asleep in galleries filled with objects and artifacts from around the world.

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Global Adventures Holiday Programs

Spend much-needed family time at the Penn Museum during the holidays!

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Cartifacts!

Cartifact facilitators answer questions and provide opportunities to handle touchable reproductions of artifacts from Ancient Egypt and Rome in this hands-on experience for visitors of all ages.

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Birthday Parties

Children turning ages five through twelve can celebrate their special day at the Penn Museum! Children and their favorite grown up guests enjoy gallery tours, art projects, games, and a private party space.