Set in Fleisher’s historic buildings and drawing from 125 years of experience providing art education to children and youth, the Creative Labs program offers young people in kindergarten through fifth grade a nourishing and fun after-school experience.

With access to child-friendly art studios, a dance floor in the Sanctuary, the Children’s Garden, and Palumbo Park right next door, Fleisher’s faculty and staff create engaging and age-appropriate curricula using art to encourage creativity, develop critical thinking, and grow participants’ confidence as young artists. Creative Labs offers sessions featuring a wide range of media—including Painting and Drawing, Mixed Media, Animation, Fiber Arts, Sculpture, and Movement—led by teaching artists incorporating diverse cultural artistic practices into hands-on activities. Each day, participants will also have the opportunity to enjoy a snack, engage in playtime, and receive assistance with their homework between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.

Sliding-scale options are now available for Creative Labs – tuition varies from $450 to $60 per class based on financial capacity. Individual classes meet Monday through Friday, and students are welcome to enroll for as many days as they wish. Tuition is charged for each individual 16-week class.

Free walking pickup is also available from five neighborhood schools: George W. Nebinger School, William M. Meredith School, Fanny Jackson Coppin School, Christopher Columbus Charter School, and McCall Elementary and Middle School.

Please note: The Fall 2022 Creative Labs Program has been cancelled.

Important dates and schedule:

  • The Creative Labs program is in session from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

    3:00-4:00 pm Pick up from local schools, snacks provided
    4:00-5:30 pm Class in session
    5:30-6:00 pm After care

  • Childcare is provided from 3:00-4:00 pm and 5:30-6:00 pm.

  • Creative Labs follows the School District of Philadelphia’s calendar. On days when the School District has half days, we hold classes, but don’t do walking pickup.