Freedom Day Family Festival

June 17, 2017 all-day
Free with admission


Celebrate Juneteenth at Please Touch Museum!

Learn about African American quilting traditions and symbols in Freedom Quilts, join special storytimes to learn more about the end of slavery in the U.S. and this important day in history, create works of art, listen to musical performances, and more!

Freedom Quilts
10am – 3pm
Program Room, Floor 1
Drop in anytime to create works of art inspired by the shapes and colors quilts. Quilts throughout history have included messages in pictures and words, including ideas about freedom. Make your own quilt square using colors, patterns, and shapes.

Artist Demonstration and Activity: Joy of Textiles
Hamilton Hall, Floor 1
10 – 10:30am and 11 – 11:30am
Play with colors, shapes, and patterns to contribute to a giant collaborative paper quilt. Join Joy O. Ude, a mixed-media artist and designer from Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum, to learn about secret messages and symbols in textiles, see how a quilt is made, and get a glimpse into the history of quilt making.

Pop Up Play Corner: Juneteenth Celebrations
City Capers, Ground Floor
9 – 10:30am
Join us in our supermarket to get all the food you need for a special Juneteenth cookout. Play with life size tangrams and blocks to create quilting patterns.

Family Performance: Hip Hop Fundamentals
Hamilton Hall, Floor 1
12 – 12:30pm and 2 – 2:30pm
Hip Hop Fundamentals celebrates Juneteenth with a new interactive performance, highlighting Freedom, Diversity and Togetherness through Hip Hop. Watch dynamic dancing, learn some new movements, and work together to embody the spirit of inclusion at the heart of Freedom Day culminating in a Hip Hop Dance circle representing unity and equality. Appropriate for all ages, this fast-paced and fun performance pays respect to the end of an era of oppression through Hip Hop Dance, one of America’s most powerful and unstoppable youth-driven cultural art forms.

Artist Meet and Greet with Joy O. Ude
Program Room, Floor 1
12 – 1pm
Joy O. Ude is a mixed-media artist and designer. In her artwork, she explores Black culture as a subset of American culture. As an American-born child of Nigerian immigrants, she also reflects on the concept of duality.

Family Performance- Tell Me A Story With Rhythm and Rhyme
Please Touch Playhouse, Ground Floor
1 – 1:30pm and 3:30 – 4pm
Gather ‘round the Baobab tree! Listen to folktales full of people, animals, laughter, and suspense. Together, let’s bring them to life with music and movement, rhythm and rhyme. Some of the stories you’ll hear are Anansi’s Good Day, Tiger Soup, Alligator Pie, and Pee-Wee the Great!

Music and Movement: Juneteenth Jamboree
Hamilton Hall, Floor 1
4:30 – 5pm
March in a musical parade through the museum, and add your own sounds and moves to end our Juneteenth celebrations at PTM.


Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
Christmas Eve: 9 am to 3 pm
New Year's Eve: 9 am to 3 pm
Thanksgiving & Christmas Day: CLOSED

Contact Information

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park
4231 Avenue of the Republic
(formerly North Concourse Drive)
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Click here for directions.

Phone: 215-581-3181

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