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  For Kids and Families

A variety of free programming for children and families is offered throughout the year.

Kemper Museum Sweet Summer Block Party
Saturday, August 30 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us Saturday, August 30, for the Kemper Museum Sweet Summer Block Party.

Visit the Kemper Museum’s current exhibitions, Conversations: Marking 20 Years and Kanas City artist Jarrett Mellenbruch’s Float on the grounds of the Museum, sweet and salty treats, and an outdoor screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

At the Kansas City Art Institute’s Stern Building, ceramics department faculty and students provide special viewings of the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection, and student demonstrations of ceramic working methods will be ongoing from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Parking will be available one block north of the Museum at the intersection of Warwick Boulevard and E 44th Street.

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. with outdoor music provided by 90.9 The Bridge

• Kemper Museum galleries remain open late, with docent-led tours of the Conversations: Marking 20 Years exhibition at 7:15 p.m and 7:45 p.m.
• Sweet summer treats like gourmet popcorn and cotton candy
• Cash bar serving beer, wine, soda, and water
• Face painting with images inspired by works from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection
• Children’s activity
• The Stern Building next door at the Kansas City Art Institute open for viewings and demos

8:30 p.m.

• Outdoor screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)on the grounds of the Kemper Museum

Exhibition-related Events

Tri-Percussion: Music Around the World
Sunday, September 7, 2:00–2:45 p.m.
Musical styles and instruments from across the world: Gahu drumming from Ghana, West Africa, performed on Ghanian barrel drums; Brazilian samba, performed parade style; Calypso steel drumming from the Caribbean Islands, and more.

Tots on Tuesday
Third Tuesday of each month: August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16
11:00–11:30 a.m., ages 3–5
Come and create at the Kemper Museum this summer. Join an amazing librarian and art educator to look at artworks in the Permanent Collection, hear a story or two, and create an inspired art activity just right for little hands.


ArtReach Fall 2014

As part of a collaborative project between the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Museum offers free workshops for children with and without developmental disabilities each semester.

The objective of ArtReach is to provide opportunities for self-expression and communication through the visual arts. Each hands-on workshop is designed for a particular age group and relates to specific works of art on view. Participants will learn how to work with different media and gain knowledge of elements of art while being introduced to a specific artist’s work and his or her inspiration. Students will create an original work of art based on the skills learned in the workshop.

ArtReach Fall 2014 begins Saturday, September 13. To see the entire schedule, click here.

To sign-up, complete the registration form and email it to or call 816-457-6136.

This program is made possible with the generous support of the Curry Family Foundation.


Come take part in our Fall Homeschool Programs!

Make the Kemper a part of your homeschool routine. Homeschool art programs like our monthly Homeschool Art Sampler and Fine Art First Friday are designed to serve co-op groups or individual families.

The programs consist of 1 hour and 30 minute sessions held on the morning of the third Thursday of the month or the afternoon of the first Friday.

The themes of each program change from month to month and take place in the Museum's galleries, and are designed to be an interactive experience that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through observation, discussion and activities. Programs are drop-in with no registration required.

Homeschool Art Sampler: 10:00–11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 18
  • Thursday, October 16
  • Thursday, November 20

Fine Art Fridays: 1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 5
  • Friday, October 3
  • Friday, November 7


Scavenger Saturdays for Families
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., third Saturdays | Kemper Museum | Free | No Registration Required

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturdays for families. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. No reservations are required.

  • Saturday, September 20
  • Saturday, October 18
  • Saturday, November 15
  • Saturday, December 20
  • Saturday, January 17
  • Saturday, February 21
  • Saturday, March 21

Scavenger Saturdays at the Kemper Museum are made possible with generous support from the R.A. Long Foundation.


Tour: Meet Me at the Museum
1:00 p.m., Saturdays | Kemper Museum | Free | No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. No reservations are required. Meet at the Visitor Services Desk.

  • Saturday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Saturday, September 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Saturday, October 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Saturday, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Saturday, December 6, 13, 20, 27

Click here for more information about school and group tours.


Exhibition-related Programs

Art Stop!
The next time you swing by the Museum with the kids, stop by the Visitor’s Service Desk to grab an Art Stop card. Each month features two collection works and offers fun facts and guiding comparison questions to encourage learning and sharing.

Art(full) Bag
The Art(full) Bag is back and filled with cool stuff like fabric samples and pattern games to help even the fashionably-challenged in the family connect to the exhibition Dressed Up. The bag is available for check out in the Museum Shop.