Family & Children's Programs

A variety of programs for families are offered throughout the year.  For more information about these events, please visit our calendar of events page.


PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families

Enjoy free, hands-on fun and creative art activities for all ages! All activities take place on the first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon (except as noted for April).

May 3: A Splash of Red
June 7: Tell Me a Story
July 5: Shape Escape
August 2: Summer Art & Nature

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. The goal of PNC Arts Alive is to help area residents gain access to the arts and to help arts organizations expand and engage audiences. For more information, visit


Advanced Explorers -"Making It Real"

June 22 through 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Experiment with traditional approaches and try new techniques while learning about artists' methods for making objects look realistic. The program uses the Museum's rich collections and surrounding landscape to inspire young artists as they express themselves with varied media. Teaching artist Jen Polillo leads classes for children and adults throughout the region. Supplies are included. Advance Explorers is designed for youth ages 9 and up and cost $100 per child; $75 for Brandywine members. For more information, please contact the Education office at 610.388.8382 or

Museum Explorers

Thursdays, July 2 through 30
Session A: 10 a.m. Session B: 11 a.m.

Dynamic art programs designed to excite children about art will take place at the Museum this summer. Participate in one or all five of these workshops designed for children ages 3 to 10 accompanied by an adult. Each program will include a thematic, interactive guided tour followed by a creative art project. Two sessions will be held each day: Session A: 10 a.m. or Session B: 11 a.m. Workshops are free for members and included in Museum admission. To register, please contact the Education office at 610.388.8382 or

July 2: Learning to Look
Discover the elements of art on a museum tour and create a colorful and textured collage.

July 9: Summer Stories
Explore stories in the work of Horace Pippin and other artists and start a sketchbook of summer experiences.

July 16: Treasure Tales
Find hidden details in paintings of pirates and other adventurers and decorate a special container for personal treasures.

July 23: Animals in Art
Search the museum for animals of every shape and size and make imaginative creatures from Crayola Model Magic.

July 30: Riverscapes
Observe the changing colors and reflections of the Brandywine River as seen in paintings and in nature, and capture the view on paper using oil pastels.

Brandywine River Museum of Art, U.S. Route 1, P.O. Box 141
Chadds Ford, PA 19317 • Phone: 610.388.2700

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