Penn Museum Presents Family-Friendly Events January/February 2014

From Gallery Romps (for ages 3 to 6 and their parents or chaperones), to Second Sunday Family Workshops (drop-ins welcome, suitable for ages 5 and older), from 40 Winks with the Sphinx Sleepovers (ages 6 to 12 and their chaperones), to World Culture Days and Afternoons (fun for all ages), Penn Museum offers families age-appropriate programs to inspire, educate and enjoy.

For more details, visit our online events calendar at

Chinese New YearWorld Culture Afternoons
Penn Museum galleries, classrooms, and auditoriums come alive with music and dance, performances and workshops, and talks and tours in these popular family-friendly programs, all free with Museum admission donation. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Saturday, January 25, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
World Culture Day
Chinese New Year Celebration
Gallop into the Chinese New Year to celebrate the Year of the Horse—and learn more about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia—at this annual, daylong extravaganza. The whole family can enjoy a wide variety of music and dance performances, martial and healing arts demonstrations, Feng Shui and folk tale presentations, children's activities, storytelling, and arts and crafts. The day ends with a drum roll, a roar, and the popular Grand Finale Lion Dance Parade. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Saturday, February 8, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
World Culture Afternoon
Annual Celebration of African Cultures
The 25th annual Celebration of African Cultures comes alive with special programs to delight the entire family. Traditional storytelling, electrifying African dance and music performances and workshops, children's activities, gallery tours, and more enliven the Museum. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Workshop copyFamily Second Sunday Workshops
Second Sunday of each month, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Families of all ages are invited to deepen their experience, learn and discover together at these monthly, walk-in workshops offered in the new Education Classroom. Activities change each session. Programs are free with Museum admission, and advance registration is only required for groups of 10 or more. To register, call 215.898.4016.

January 11
Kids and families can drop in and learn about the hamsa, a palm-shaped design popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Participants trace their hands and get creative with mixed media, before exploring the Islamic Near East Gallery with a scavenger hunt.

February 9
Hieroglyphic Valentines
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and kids and families can start celebrating at this drop-in workshop. Participants can show their love for their mummy, daddy, sibling, or friend by creating a valentine written in Egyptian hieroglyphs.

See the full lineup of Family Second Sunday Workshops at:

RompGallery Romps
Select Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:15 am
The Penn Museum has a new program designed for families with preschoolers! Young children (ages 3 to 6) and their favorite grownups are invited to explore the Penn Museum's galleries through stories, crafts, and play. Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, January 18, 10:30 - 11:15 am
Participants can go on a race for the zodiac with cat, rat, and other furry, feathered, and scaly friends, before exploring the Penn Museum's China Gallery for animals. Each workshop is limited to 25 people and purchasing tickets before the program date is encouraged. To register, visit

Saturday, February 22, 10:30 - 11:15 am
In this Gallery Romp, children are introduced to Harry's friend—a horse only he can see. Then guests meet Curly and Autumn Dew, the Museum's 1,000-year-old horses! Each workshop is limited to 25 people and purchasing tickets before the program date is encouraged. To register, visit

SleepoverSleepover Programs
40 Winks with the Sphinx
January 17; January 24; Feburary 28; more dates listed online
Friday, 5:30 pm - Saturday, 9:00 am
Penn Museum's popular sleepover program, geared to ages 6–12 and their families or chaperones, invites guests to an overnight "expedition" of the Museum. The night's activities take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on games, crafts, and more! A scavenger hunt and a flashlight expedition through the galleries offer new ways to connect with the ancient artifacts awaiting discovery. Later in the night, explorers roll out their sleeping bags to doze at the foot of the largest granite Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere! For more information, go to or call 215.898.2680.

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The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and first Wednesdays of each month, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); free for U.S. Military; $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger.

Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.

Photos (top to bottom): The Grand Finale Lion Dance Parade rings in the Lunar New Year at Penn Museum's Chinese New Year Celebration, Saturday, January 25 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Kids and families can discover ancient cultures through hands-on activities in these drop-in workshops, presented January 12 and February 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Penn Museum; Young children (ages 3 to 6) can enjoy the Penn Museum through these special programs, on January 18 and February 22 from 10:30 to 11:15 am; Kids ages 6 to 12 can spend a night at the foot of the largest granite Sphinx in the Western Hemisphere during the Penn Museum's "40 Winks with the Sphinx" programs. All photos by Penn Museum.


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