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Kids & Families

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 humanhistory through special performances, hands-on crafts, music, dance and more!

Day of the Dead dancers


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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Second Saturdays

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

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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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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.

a mother taking a picture of her child dressed up like a pharoah

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.

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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.

a woman performing a traditional dance

World Wonders

Penn Museum's World Wonders Wednesday morning summer series celebrates the diversity of the world's cultures through music, dance, and storytelling.

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Global Adventures Holiday Programs

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