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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.

Straw Maze

Ages 4–11, with adult

Opening reception: Friday, September 6, 6–8pm

Saturdays and Sundays, September 7– October 27, 10am–5pm

Monday, October 14, 10am–5pm

$8 per child ($6 members); $20 ($18 members) for families of three or more; multiple weekend passes available
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Entrance to the Museum is free to parents and guardians whose children have tickets to the Straw Maze.

Built from massive straw bales, this year’s maze is fun for all ages. Designed by architects Peter Everett Brown and Barbara Ann Sprague of BrownSprague LLC. Sponsored by Michelle McFarland.

Saturday Straw Maze Art Fun

All ages

Saturdays, September 7–October 26, 12:30–2:30pm

FREE with ticket to Straw Maze 

Artmaking and Storytelling

Ages 3–5, with adult

Sundays, October 6, November 3, December 8, January 5, 11am-Noon


Introduce your preschoolers to the enjoyment of art through stories and artmaking. 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 Tours

Ages 6 and up

Saturdays, September 28, October 26, November 23, 11am-Noon


Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins: Explore Woodmere’s galleries with younger members of your family. Enjoy a fun, interactive tour of art that inspires shared observations, recollections, and conversations.

Circus Day at Woodmere

All ages

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1-4pm

$5/child or FREE with ticket to the Straw Maze

An afternoon of fun and performances in and around Woodmere’s Straw Maze! Throughout the afternoon, performers from Circadium: School of Contemporary Circus will demonstrate world-class juggling, acrobatics, and balancing skills for audiences of all ages. Come see the next generation of circus artists and their extraordinary talents. And at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m., watch short performances by the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Youth Troupe (children ages 10–18 years practicing circus in Northwest Philadelphia’s very own after-school circus recreational program).

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Festival

All ages

Monday, January 20, Noon–4pm


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.

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.