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Family Happenings

Explore Woodmere as a family and discover the adventure and fun of the Museum’s interactive family programs. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Admission to the Museum is free to parents and guardians whose children participate in family happenings.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Festival (All ages)

Monday, January 20 | Noon–4pm


Schedule of events:
Noon–2pm | Artmaking and Storytelling

Artmaking activities will be inspired by the words and activism of Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who strove for freedom and civil rights. Listen to stories of civil rights and the never-before-told narrative about Dr. King’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech with artist Jerry Pinkney’s newest publication, A Place to Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and a Speech that Changed a Nation. Woodmere is delighted to have Jerry Pinkney joining the festivities of the day.

3:00pm | Concert: Music of the Civil Rights Movement
The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble celebrates the legacy of Dr. King and others with a concert and sing-along of songs sung during the civil rights movement, such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “Down by the Riverside,” “We Shall Overcome,” and more.

Artmaking and Storytelling (Ages 3–5, with adult)

Sunday, January 5, February 2, March 1, and April 5 | 11am-Noon


Instructor: Ginger Mimmo Rohlfing
Introduce your preschoolers to the enjoyment of art through stories and artmaking fun. Young visitors and their grown-ups enjoy reading picture books in the galleries, followed by an art project. Come back each month to hear a new tale and make something special to take home!

Family Circus Festival: Juggling Color

All ages

Sunday, March 22, Noon–4:00 p.m.

Suggested donation $5/adult 

Noon–2:00 p.m. Artmaking and Book Fun

Readings of colorful circus stories will inspire young artists to create puppets and of their favorite characters.

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

Enjoy the magic of mime artists and stilt walkers who roam through Woodmere’s galleries bringing fun and wonder to the entire family.

2:15 p.m. The Little Circus Performance

Aerial, trapeze, juggling, and tightwire artists from the Little Circus provide an interactive and fun-loving performance about color and the magic of circus. Children can meet with the performers and learn circus arts after the performance.

Family Concert

All that Jazz: An Afrocentric Musical Journey

Saturday, April 18 | 3:00pm

$10/adult; (FREE with Family membership)

For Jazz Appreciation Month, the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will perform a special family program at Woodmere. Explore jazz history, from traditional African rhythms to New Orleans; the scat of Cab Calloway to John Coltrane’s “Afro Blue Mongo Santamaria” and the experiments of Miles Davis. This fun and interactive performance will cultivate future generations of jazz listeners and performers.”