Families at Philbrook

Whether you’re exploring and playing in the gardens, or engaging with artwork in our galleries, Philbrook is a great way to connect as a family. Check out all the fun things you can do together!



Admission for Children


General admission for youth 17 & under is always free! If you are purchasing general admission advance tickets online, please be sure to reserve a $0 ticket for each attendee aged 17 & under, in addition to your adult admission tickets. Many of our programs and events have limited capacity.


Museums for All Admission Discount Program


Museums are for everyone, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Philbrook participates in Museums for All, which provides $1 general admission for up to 4 adults for those participating in SNAP, TANF, WIC, or SoonerCare. Simply show your verification at the front desk for discounted general admission for yourself and up to 3 other adults. Remember- kids are always free at Philbrook!


Restrooms for Everyone


These restrooms are gender-inclusive and are intended for use by anyone who prefers or requests access to a private restroom. This may include people with medical needs or disabilities, caretakers, non-binary people, transgender people, families, parents with children of the opposite gender, or anyone with a need or want for privacy. All visitors are of course also welcome to use our public restrooms.




Nursing mothers are welcome to nurse in any public space at Philbrook. If you would prefer to nurse in a private area, please visit the Front Desk and a member of Guest Experience will be happy to show you to a private space.


Changing Stations


Every restroom at Philbrook is equipped with a baby-changing station.




Strollers are allowed in the galleries and gardens. For the safety of all visitors and to protect the art, children may not be carried on the back or shoulders of an adult. Child carriers that attach to the front are permitted.


Food and Drink


Snacks, lunches, picnics, etc. are welcome in the Philbrook Gardens.Currently the shop has limited snacks and water available for purchase. We anticipate our onsite restaurant, Kitchen 27, to re-open for regular service mid-summer. In case of cold or inclement weather, snacks, food and drink are also permitted in public areas that are not art galleries such as the Rotunda, Mabee Lobby, and restroom lobbies.

If picnicking in the Gardens please abide by the following guidelines:

    • We recommend you bring a blanket! A few picnic tables may be available but they are first-come, first-served.
    • Please cleanup after yourself. All food and trash must be disposed of or taken with you when you leave.
    • Alcohol is not permitted.
    • Glass bottles and containers are not permitted.

Upcoming Events

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Superfun Saturdays

Superfun Saturdays

Saturdays get superfun at Philbrook! Join us three times a year for BIG fun throughout the museum and galleries. Meet artists and creatives, get messy, and have a blast with your family and friends on these very special days. View Calendar
Singalong Saturdays

Singalong Saturdays

Join us in the Philbrook Gardens for fun full-length concerts with Hot Toast Music Co. to get you movin’ and groovin’ as a family.View Calendar
Sprinkler Saturdays

Sprinkler Saturdays

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Sprinkler Saturdays are back! Between 10:00a.m. and 12:00p.m., kids and kids-at-heart are welcome to cool off, play around, and just have fun! Drip-dry as you walk through the gardens, relax on your picnic blanket, or bring your own towel to dry off.View Calendar
Storytime Saturdays

Storytime Saturdays

Join us for special Saturday Storytimes in the Philbrook Gardens. Drop in for imaginative stories geared towards kids 10 and under.View Calendar
Idea Lab Workshops

Idea Lab Workshops

Join us in The Idea Lab inside Helmerich Gallery each month during the exhibition From the Limitations of Now. Local artists, creatives, and Philbrook educators will share exciting hands-on artmaking inspired by the artists on view.View Calendar
Virtual Program: Family Art Club

Virtual Program: Family Art Club

Join Ms. Jenny from the Philbrook Learning and Audience Engagement Department and discover fun new ways to make art at home.Watch Online

Weekdays at Philbrook

  • Wednesdays: Little Garden Explorers for kids under 5 from 9:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.
  • Thursdays: Storytime in the Garden  at 10:00a.m., Feeding the Koi Fish at 10:30a.m.
  • Fridays: Family Nature Walk at 10:00 a.m.

Every Day: Visit the Zink Rotunda kiosk for self-guided scavenger hunts, garden exploration prompts, sketching activities, and more! Make art and read books in the Helmerich Gallery Idea Lab, part of From the Limitations of Now.

Everyday Family Activities

  • Hang out and create in the Idea Lab, a hands-on space for people of all ages during our special exhibition, From the Limitations of Now. Explore the ideas of the exhibition through art making, opportunities to interact with art from the exhibition, books selected by Fulton Street Books & Coffee, and even community resources and kid-friendly curricula.
  • Whenever you visit Philbrook you’ll find a changing selection of self-guided scavenger hunts, sketching prompts, and more available on our Zink Rotunda kiosk. Out in the gardens, find hands-on nature play opportunities such as fort building and mud-pie-making in our mud kitchen!
  • Try This: study plants and wildlife, go on a scavenger hunt, get inspired in the gardens, look closely in the galleries, write a story or a poem, make art, swing on the swings.
  • Bring Along: books, sketchbooks & art supplies, binoculars, magnifying glasses or handheld microscopes, musical instruments, picnic/snacks, blankets, hammocks/camp chairs

Tips for Experiencing the Museum with Your Family

Before Your Visit

  • Talk to your kids about your upcoming trip to the museum and what they can expect: an indoor and outdoor museum. While touching the artwork is not permitted, there will be opportunities to play and have fun together.
    • On any given day, there are multiple events happening at the museum. Check out the events happening on our calendar before you go to see if there are any activities you’d like to include in your plans for the day.
    • Visiting a new space can be exciting—and tiring. Use the museum map to decide what to see in an hour or two.

When You Arrive

  • Take your time. Choose a gallery, see which work of art catches your eye, and slow down to take a closer look. Don’t worry about trying to see everything in one visit.
    • Here’s some easy ways to get the conversation flowing:
      • Find a work of art that tells a story. Who are the characters? What do you think happened before? What do you think will happen next?
      • Refer to as many of the five senses as possible. For example, “What would it sound like if you were in the work of art? How would it feel on your skin?”
      • Listen to and follow your family’s cues and interests. Share your ideas about the artwork as well.
  • Sometimes people think they have to be quiet in a museum. That’s not the case here! We invite you to talk, laugh, and share ideas about what you see and notice.
  • Stay together. Kids under the age of 14 must stay with their grownup. Older teens are welcome to independently explore as long as their adult remains onsite and everyone has a meetup plan.
  • There are plenty of great spaces out in our gardens to stop and have a picnic. Take a break and head outside! Enjoy the flowers and sculptures and give your family a chance to explore nature.

After Your Family’s Visit

  • What does your family want to learn more about? What sparked their curiosity and imagination?
  • Ask questions about your visit, such as “What was your favorite thing we did today?” or “What do you want to go back and do?”
  • Don’t forget to periodically check out our online calendar. There’s always something new to do at Philbrook!


Due to ongoing concern around Covid-19, Philbrook will not have Art Camp in 2021. We look forward to a fantastic summer of Art Camp in 2022.

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