Kids and Family Programs
Are you a parent or teacher looking to introduce young children to world cultures? Join us on our next Storytime Expeditions! Unlike reading at home or in the classroom, Storytime Expeditions offer unique, immersive learning experiences. Hear myths, folktales, and legends specially selected to introduce cultural themes and traditions, while you are surrounded by the real ancient artifacts of the corresponding region of the world! Immediately following the story, a storytelling museum educator passes around touchable artifacts to reinforce the ideas and themes established in the story. The storyteller then guides your group to look closely at key artifacts on display in the gallery. This hands-on learning opportunity not only broadens world cultural knowledge, but also establishes basic museum literacy and critical thinking skills. This program is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 8. For Teacher and Homeschool Groups: Stories are selected to appeal to a K-2nd grade age bracket, and lesson plans can be adapted to the needs of your students. We have books and a selection of touchable objects from our Teaching Collection for every gallery in the museum, including China, Japan, Egypt, Africa, Central and South America, Mesopotamia, and more! Available with advanced booking. For Familes: Summer Storytime Series Wednesdays, June 28–August 16 10:15am - 11:00am Free with General Admission Join us on Wednesdays for Storytime Expeditions, available weekly for free to families who pay general admission. Each week's Storytime Expedition is designed to compliment the themes of our free kid-friendly World Wonders programs, which are offered from 11:00 am -12:00 pm on the same dates. Space is limited for Storytime Expeditions and World Wonders. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book ahead to ensure their spots. Storytimes and World Wonders dates are: June 28; July 5, 12, 19, and 26; August 2, 9, and 16.
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. Bring your own device for a group photo opportunity in the galleries. Time is built into the day for families to explore the galleries after the party. Cost $380Non-Members $370Penn Museum members at the Household Level and above Parties are limited to 20 people. 20 participants include the birthday child plus any combination of adult and child guests. There must be at least two adults per party. $20for each additional guest per person Additional Perks The birthday child’s family receives one complimentary parking spot for the day. The birthday child also receives an ancient Egypt-inspired gift! Call for details for special add-ons, including: Themed disposable flatware, cups, napkins, etc.; favors for each guest; encounter with a live mummy. Times The birthday party room is reserved for two hours. Parties may be scheduled for the following time frames: 10:00 am— 12:00 pm 2:00 pm— 4:00 pm Available Dates Birthday parties are subject to availability. Please have several Saturday and Sunday dates to consider when booking. Parties may be booked 10:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00 – 3:00pm. Scheduling Instructions All groups must register in advance. Guests do not need to register separately; only one person needs to be the designated contact for the entire party. Parties must be booked at least four weeks prior to the reserved date. A non-refundable deposit of $95 is due at the time of reservation. The full balance is due two weeks prior to the reserved date. Frequently Asked Questions Are we allowed to bring our own snacks? Yes. The birthday child’s family is welcome to bring cake/cupcakes, beverages, etc. Are we allowed to bring our own decorations? How about disposable flatware or cups, plates, etc.? Yes. Birthday party guests may bring their own decorations, cups, plates, napkins, utensils, etc. Please note that balloons and lit candles are not permitted at the Museum. What about parking for our guests? Please review information about parking and rates. Can we schedule a different date and/or theme for our party? We can accommodate a different date, as the schedule allows, for an additional fee. Please call for details. We would be happy to accommodate a different theme, such as Greco-Roman or a multicultural Animals on Parade theme, for no additional fee. Sample Birthday Party Schedule 10:00am—10:10am: Families gather; Coloring activity provided 10:10am—10:40am: Interactive gallery tour 10:40am—10:45am: Group photo in the gallery; bring your own device 10:45am—11:10am: Art project 11:10am—11:30am: Wrap the Mummy game 11:30am—11:55am: Cake time and socializing 12:00pm: Program concludes; option to explore galleries on own
Penn Museum’s newest program for young guests, ages 3 to 5, Museum Playdates are offered monthly on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 to 11:30 am, October through April (no January Playdate). Each one hour program has a different theme connecting to one of the galleries, with activities designed for young learners: story-time and dramatic play in a gallery; art-making in a classroom; and a small snack. Museum Playdates Admission information. Cost $10 (one child and one adult); $5 for Members (one child and one adult) Additional children $2 each Make it a monthly Playdate with a discounted series subscription, on sale through October 3: $55; $25 for Members. Museum Playdates First Tuesdays of the month 10:30 to 11:30 am October 3 Rome November 7 Native American Voices December 5 Solstice Celebration February 6 Mummies and More March 6 Explore Africa April 3 In the Greek Gallery
Scouts can unearth more fun at the Penn Museum. By popular demand, the Penn Museum introduces activities to help fulfill badge requirements for Girl and Boy Scouts. For Cub Scouts Beat of the Drum Adventure for Bears Learn about the Lenape, Pueblo, and other Native America cultures through artifacts, legends, and crafts. Create a drum, weave a dream catcher, and write a legend. Activities at the Penn Museum will fulfill the following requirements: 1 2 3 4 5 Scouts will need to complete the following activities in order to fulfill Beat of the Drum Adventure requirements: 6 7 8 Art Explosion Adventure for Webelos Create art inspired by the ancient Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans. Draw your own mummy portrait, sculpt a Grecian vase, and design a war shield. Activities at the Penn Museum will fulfill the following requirements: 1 2 3c; 3g Scouts will need to complete the following activities in order to fulfill Art Explosion Adventure requirements: 4 For Boy Scouts Indian Lore Merit Badge Leave preconceptions behind and discover a living tapestry of Nations with distinct stories, histories, and identities. Scouts will complete an activity that explores the array of artifacts on view in Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now. During a maker workshop, scouts will construct, teach and play games of the Lenape. By the end of the program, scouts will be able to describe contemporary Native American leaders and their powerful stories of raising awareness for Native rights and cultural identities. Activities at the Penn Museum will fulfill the following Merit Badge requirements: Requirements 2d; 3a; 4h Scouts will need to complete the following activities in order to fulfill Merit Badge requirements: Requirement #1 Additional activity for requirement #2 For Girl Scouts Playing the Past Junior Badge Come play the past, ancient Egypt style. Tour Penn Museum’s ancient Egyptian collections with a focus on women and women’s roles. Become an ancient Egyptian priestess, entertainer or mourner. Write about your life as an ancient Egyptian and design an outfit. Craft accessories, make an ancient Egyptian-inspired snack, and more. Activities at the Penn Museum will fulfill the following Playing the Past Junior Badge requirements: Step One: Decide Who You Are Step Two: Create a Costume Step Three: Experience Daily Life Step Four: Have Some Old-Fashioned Fun Scouts will need to complete the following activity in order to fulfill Playing the Past Junior Badge requirements: Step Five: Become Your Character Available Dates Please call with two or three Saturday or Sunday dates available for booking. Scout Days may be booked September through May, based on availability. Activities run from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Fees Pre-registration is required $20 per scout, includes Museum Admission Limit 30 scouts per dateMinimum 10 scouts per date 1 free chaperone per group of 10 scouts, additional adults $15 Frequently Asked Questions What is the attendance limit/minimum? Each program is limited to 30 girls or boys. 1 chaperone attends free per 10 scouts; maximum of 3 complimentary adults. Scouts and adults are able to visit the Penn Museum after the program concludes. Each date needs a minimum of 6 scouts to be conducted. Do scouts sign up individually or as a group? It is recommended that troops register together. Either way, registration is collected via 215-898-4016. Do adults attend with the children? Yes. 1 chaperone attends free per 10 scouts; maximum of 3 complimentary adults. Additional adults are $15 each. Adults are not eligible to receive activity supplies. Can siblings attend the program? No. The program is intended only for scouts. Are the presenters registered scout leaders/counselors? The activity leader is a registered Merit Badge Counselor and has completed the Youth Protection Training and other necessary requirements. How is the program fee collected? Troops may register and pay through credit card by phone. A partial (20%) non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration to reserve your space (e.g. $120 for a group of 30; $40 for group of 10). Full payment is due two weeks prior to each program. Checks may also be made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and mailed to: Penn Museum c/o Public Programs 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Will the Penn Museum provide actual badges? No. Activities at the Penn Museum do not fulfill all badge requirements. Should scouts be in uniform? Scouts are not required to be in uniform.
Penn Museum's World Wonders Wednesday morning summer series celebrates the diversity of the world's cultures through music, dance, and storytelling. Programs run on Wednesdays from June 28 – August 16, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, leaving time to visit the Museum. World Wonders are free with General Admission. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, with pre-registration (required).
New this fall, the Penn Museum has something for everyone with Second Saturday programs, running monthly October through April. Explore the Museum through tours, scavenger hunts, crafts, and more. Themes and activities change monthly! Second Saturdays are free with General Admission. Second Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm October 14 A Focus on Rome November 11 Mythology December 9 Winter Solstice January 13 Music of the World February 10 The Olympics March 10 Animals, Animals April 14 Cities around the Globe
Penn Museum's sleepover, 40 Winks with the Sphinx , invites guests to an overnight "expedition" of the Museum. The night's activities are geared to take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on opportunities, through games and crafts, to explore ancient Egypt, the mummies and hieroglyphics, the ancient Greeks and Romans, the world of the ancient Maya, and more. 40 Winks Dates Program Information An unforgettable experience for kids, ages 6 to 12, and their parents or chaperones! See our Events Calendar for scheduling and online registration. A scavenger hunt and an evening expedition through the galleries by flashlight 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 third largest granite Sphinx in the world—surrounded by the 3,200-year-old pillars from the great palace of the Pharaoh Mereneptah, son of Ramesses II. 40 Winks with the Sphinx concludes with a light breakfast in the Museum Café, then time to explore the galleries by day, and visit the gift shop. Space is limited and dates sell out quickly. Please call 215.898.2680 for the latest information and available dates, or simply check out our Events Calendar where you can find an available date that works for you, then reserve your spot immediately by registering online. Scouts are welcome! Everyone needs to bring an evening snack (or bag dinner), a flashlight, a sleeping bag, a pillow, and if you like, a mat. You will be sleeping on the gallery floor. Camping pads, yoga or foam mats, and/or extra blankets are suggested. Inflatable air mattresses and cots are not permitted in order to maintain a safe emergency egress. If you cannot sleep on the floor and/or have a back injury we do not recommend attending. The 24-hour number for emergencies is 215.898.4001. Admission Price includes Scavenger hunt Museum exploration Evening flashlight expedition Arts and crafts activities Light Breakfast Museum Admission the morning after the sleepover Souvenir Patch for all participants 6-12 years old that gives them Museum admission for the remainder of the school year "I will be recommending this program to every family I know - we had that great of a time. Best night ever, hands down..." EJ at Fourlittlemonsters.com One of six "can't-miss museum sleepovers around the country." Review at Huffingtonpost.com Families Penn Museum welcomes families large and small. One adult is required for every 1 - 5 children (ages 6 - 12 years old) attending. All children must be accompanied by an adult (21 years of age or older) chaperone at all times. Registration and Policies Each date will be limited to 175 participants. All participants in the sleepover program must pre-register and pay all applicable fees in advance. The program is for children aged 6 - 12 and their chaperones aged 21 and older only. Absolutely no walk-in registrations are permitted. All scout leaders that book must be sure the children in their group are 6 - 12 years of age. No exceptions. Chaperone Information Booklet Waiver Form *All attending adults need to please print, read, and sign the waiver form before coming to the 40 Winks with the Sphinx sleepover. The form needs to be handed in with final payment.* Waiver Form Booking Information and Online Registration Register for a sleepover online 40 Winks Dates Cost $55 per person $45 per Museum member $50 per person for groups of 21 or more For groups of 21 or more To receive the group rate when you register, you must call 215.898.2680 with a single form of payment ready. A nonrefundable deposit of 25% of the total cost is required. Full payment and final count are due two months prior to the sleepover (for example, if your program date is March 19, your final payment is due January 19). Payment All payments are due prior to the sleepover. You can register and pay online with a credit card. Just click on the 40 Winks date you are interested in at the bottom of this webpage. In order to receive the member discount online, members must log-in on the payment site. If you prefer to send a check, please call us to register your spots before you send your check in the mail. You can make the check out to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and mail it to the museum’s address as follows: Attn: 40 Winks (fill in date of your program), 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Please include contact information with your payment so you can receive a confirmation email or phone call. All parents, chaperones, and scout leaders must be sure the children in their group are 6 - 12 years of age. Chaperones must be 21+. No exceptions. Frequently Asked Questions Codes of Conduct Sample Schedule Frequently Asked Questions What time is the Penn Museum sleepover? 40 Winks with the Sphinx begins with registration from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm and ends at 9:00 am the next morning. The program includes Museum admission for the whole day the morning of the sleepover. Where do we park? Pay lots are in the vicinity and metered parking is available on some streets nearby. The parking garage adjacent to the Museum on Convention Avenue is called Lot 7. We do not validate. See Directions and Parking for more detailed directions. Penn Museum does not own either garage and therefore is not responsible for their rates and regulations. What entrance to the Museum should we use to get to the program? Please use the Kress entrance located on the east end of the building. It is the entrance closest to the parking garages. How do we check in? Please enter at the Kress Entrance (on the east side of the building) to check in with your sleepover equipment. What if we arrive late? It is important that you try and arrive at the scheduled registration time of between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. If you find you must arrive late, the Kress Entrance will remain open until 7:30 pm. No one will be admitted to participate in the sleepover after 7:30 pm. Penn Museum is located within the Philadelphia city limits, that being said please incorporate city traffic into your travel time. What should we bring? Everyone must bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and if you like, a mat. You will be sleeping on the gallery floor. Camping pads, yoga mats, and/or extra blankets are suggested. Inflatable air mattresses and cots are not permitted in order to maintain a safe emergency egress. If you have trouble sleeping on the ground, we do not recommend you attend this program. Please bring an evening snack labeled with your name that should be placed in the Group Dining area when you arrive. Other items to bring are toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, flashlight, and comfortable sleeping clothes. What types of food will be served at the sleepover? The Museum will provide a light breakfast for you in the morning from 7:00 am - 8:30 am. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack or bag dinner for the evening. Your snack should be labeled with your name and placed in the Group Dining area when you arrive. The Museum does not have refrigeration for snacks. Vending machines are located in the Group Dining area. Vending machines accept $1.00 bills and coins. Please bring change for vending machines. Food is only permitted in the Group Dining area. If you or your child have severe food allergies bringing your own breakfast food is recommended. Where do we sleep? All guests will sleep in Penn Museum's Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery, which is home to a fifteen ton Red Granite Sphinx, 19th Dynasty (ca. 1290-1224 BCE.) The sphinx, a lion with a human head, represents the power of the Egyptian king, both to protect his people and to conquer the enemies of Egypt. This statue was buried up to its shoulders; only the exposed head was attacked by windblown sand, which eroded the facial features and the royal false beard. The inscriptions on the chest and around the base give the five names of Ramesses II. His son and successor, Mereneptah (1224-1214 BC), added his own cartouches to the shoulders after his father's death. This sphinx is the third largest known in the world. It was quarried at Aswan and transported by river to the Ptah Temple at Memphis, 600 miles away. This gallery is not air conditioned. Can we increase the number of participants in our group? Space is very limited for the sleepovers. If you want to increase your group size or make changes to your reservation, you must call 215.898.2680 from Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Places are provided strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Group size must be finalized one month before the event. What if someone cancels in our group? There are no refunds for the sleepovers. We will try to reschedule you for a later sleepover based on availability. Arrangements must be made at least one week prior to originally scheduled event date. Last minute cancellations will not be rescheduled. In the unlikely event the Museum finds it necessary to cancel a sleepover, a full refund will be made. It is snowing outside, is the sleepover still going to happen? The sleepover program will continue as planned unless the University of Pennsylvania decides to close due to weather. Closing is extremely rare but can happen. Please call 215.898.MELT (6358) if you are unsure if the University is closed due to snow. In the unlikely event the Museum finds it necessary to cancel a sleepover, a full refund will be made. How much of the Museum will be open? All galleries will be open to explore from 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm. The Flashlight Expedition through the Museum will take you through several galleries in the dark. Please bring your own flashlight. How many people can attend a sleepover? 40 Winks with the Sphinx can accommodate up to 175 people. What if someone gets sick or hurt? Notify a sleepover staff member if anyone in your group gets sick or hurt. Can we leave early from the sleepover? Yes, participants may leave early if needed. Please alert a sleepover staff member before leaving the Museum. When will Penn Museum Shop be open during the sleepover? The shop opens at 7:00 am for sleepover participants. How many chaperones are required to participate with a group? Each group will be required to maintain a ratio of one adult supervisor per five child participants. All children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone at all times. Where do we change into our sleeping clothes? Restroom facilities will be available on the first floor at the Kress Entrance, but as changing space is limited it is preferred if you wear clothes that you can sleep in. When do I receive confirmation for 40 Winks with the Sphinx ? You will receive an email confirmation immediately after you register online for Forty Winks with the Sphinx .Please print out your email and bring it to check-in on the date of your event along with your filled out waiver form. If you register over the phone you will get a confirmation call as soon as we receive your check in the mail (please include a phone number with your check). For group registrations please note that you will be told your payment deadline when you register. How old do you have to be to participate in the 40 Winks with the Sphinx program? Children must be between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. How old must a chaperone be? A chaperone must be at least 21 years old. Teenage siblings do not qualify. Can I bring a birthday cake or cupcakes to celebrate my child's birthday at a sleepover? Yes, but no candles are permitted. All food must be labeled and placed in the Group Dining area when you arrive. You will need to provide all plates and utensils. Snacks may be eaten between 7:45 pm and 9:00 pm. The Museum does not provide refrigeration. Can we visit the Museum the next day? Yes, general admission for the Museum is included the next day. The museum opens to the public at 10am. If you plan to visit us you and your family must remove your sleepover gear from the building by 9am. Once your gear is out, you may come back in and continue exploring! Is there a place to store our sleeping equipment before and after the sleepover? All sleeping equipment will be placed in the Lower Egyptian Gallery upon check-in and remain there throughout the sleepover. If you choose to visit the Museum after the program, all sleeping equipment must be removed from the Museum by 9:00 am. What is the temperature like inside the Museum? The Museum does not have one consistent temperature throughout the whole building. Each gallery is different. We recommend coming prepared with layers of clothes so you can adjust to your own comfort level. What stuff should I leave at home? Please leave your Game consoles, I-Pods, MP3 players, and other electronic devices safe at home. Inflatable air mattresses such as Aerobeds are not permitted. No Heelys are permitted in the Museum. Running is prohibited in the Museum. Shoes must be worn at all times. I am a Penn Alum, does this mean I am also a Penn Museum member and can get the member rate? You are only a Penn Museum member if you have an official Penn Museum membership card as well as a membership number. If you do not have either of these things, you are not a Museum member. Why are there no scheduled dates in the summer for a sleepover? Most of our galleries are not air conditioned, therefore we cannot hold sleepovers in the summer due to the heat. Can I bring children younger than 6 to the program? (They are quite well-behaved and advanced learners.) Children under 6 years old are NOT allowed. It has very little to do with learning or behavior, and much more to do with stamina and maturity. 40 Winks is very fast-paced and campers stay up very late (bed time around midnight). Also, the museum is a very unusual place to sleep and younger children can be easily scared of such unusual surroundings in the dark. We are very strict about this, NO exceptions will be made. Codes of Conduct One chaperone is required for every 5 children, and must stay with them at ALL times. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their group throughout their stay at 40 Winks with the Sphinx . Children are not permitted to play on stairways or elevators and are expected to be respectful to others. Please do not touch or place anything on the artifacts or cases. Please do not run or yell while in the Museum. No food or drink is allowed outside the lunchroom area. Please do not go to floors or galleries that are off-limits during the Sleepover; follow your schedule. Shirts and shoes or slippers must be worn throughout the evening. No Heelys are allowed. After Lights Out chaperones are responsible for keeping their children in their designated sleep area. All MP3 players, electronic games or devices should be turned off after Lights Out. Cell phones should be put on vibrate. Alcohol is not allowed on the premises during Sleepovers. Violators will be asked to leave. Pathways in designated sleeping area must be kept clear. Sample Schedule Friday Evening 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Check in Drop off sleeping equipment Explore Kress Entrance Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery Whole Museum 7:00 - 7:15 p.m. Orientation Rainey Auditorium 7:15 - 7:45 p.m. "What in the World?" Rainey Auditorium 7:45 - 10 p.m. Open Exploration: Choose from four available activities: Egyptian Hieroglyphs Learn about and try the writing system used by the ancient Egyptians! Interactive Mummy Cart Touch and learn about real Peruvian mummies! Origami Paper Folding Learn to create using this traditional Japanese art form! Yoga Learn traditional physical and mental exercise, orginating in India! Egypt (Mummies) Gallery Chinese Rotunda Mosaic Hall Pepper Hall 7:45 - 11:30 p.m. Snack Room Open Group Dining 10:00 - 10:15 p.m. Expedition Preparation Rainey Auditorium 10:15 - 11:00 p.m. Flashlight Expedition Whole Museum 11:00 - 11:45 p.m. Unwind/Get Ready for Bed Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery 11:45 p.m. Light's Out Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery Saturday Morning 7:00 a.m. Rise and Shine! Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Group Dining 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Museum Pyramid Shop/Museum Exploration Whole Museum 9:00 a.m. Farewell
See the whole world... all under one roof! The Penn Museum's popular World Culture Series is designed to introduce visitors of all ages to the rich cultural traditions found throughout the Museum's galleries and, indeed, throughout the world. Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming Saturday celebrations. World Culture Days are free with General Admission. Pick up a Passport to Cultures at any admission desk to begin collecting stamps during any of the World Culture Series celebrations. Collect 10 or more stamps to earn an invitation to a special Penn Museum Junior Anthropologist ceremony! World Culture Days October 28 Day of the Dead January 27 Chinese New Year Celebration February 24 Celebration of African Cultures March 24 Egyptomania
Diverse cultures, ancient and contemporary, come alive during our special programs and events for culture lovers of all ages. Have fun while learning about our shared history through special performances, hands-on crafts, music, dance and more! Events Calendar World Culture Days 40 Winks with the Sphinx Sleepover Second Saturdays Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp World Wonders Boy and Girl Scout Badge Days Museum Playdates Birthday Parties Storytime Expeditions Evening Expedition