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  For Kids and Families

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

Special Events

Girl Scout Art Expedition
Sunday, November 16, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Kansas City area Girl Scouts are invited to the Museum for a guided tour focused on the work of Hung Liu, a prominent female Chinese painter working in the US. Girl Scouts will move at their own pace through the galleries stopping at three different works of art to learn more from experienced docents and receive a take-home activity relevant to the work being discussed. Girl Scouts will find ties to the A World of Girls and A’Muse Journey’s.

This is a drop-in program with no registration necessary.

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu
Exhibition-related Events

Jasmine Chinese Dance Group
Saturday, October 25, 2:00–2:30 p.m.
Come to the Museum for a special performance by the Jasmine Chinese dancers, ages four to eighteen, as they share Chinese culture through a series of eye-catching dance performances, in traditional Chinese dress. No registration necessary.
Open to families of all ages.

Hung Liu Artist Intergenerational Workshop*
Saturday, November 8, 2:00–3:00 p.m., Ages 6–12
Join artist Hung Liu as she leads a hands-on art workshop featuring intergenerational memory books for children and a parent or grandparent at the Museum. Participants will work closely with the artist during this very special program.

* Registration in now full.

Chinese Brush Painting
Saturday, December 6, 10:00–11 a.m., Ages 6–12
Teaching artist Valda Hsu will demonstrate the connection between Chinese characters and painting with a Chinese brush while creating an environment that introduces students to the Chinese language and culture. Registration is required at Space is limited.

Scavenger Saturday
October 18, November 15, and December 20 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Ages 5–13
Discover something new about art at the Kemper Museum. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure featuring artwork by Hung Liu. No registration necessary.

Homeschool Art Sampler
Thursday, October 16 and November 20, 10:00–11:30 a.m., Ages 5–12
Stop by the Museum on the third Thursday of October, and November for a morning of art exploration in the galleries with docent led conversations and take-home art activities. All programs will feature work by Hung Liu. No registration necessary.

Homeschool Art Sampler will resume March 2015.

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

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

Exhibition-related Events

Tots on Tuesday
Third Tuesday of each month: October 21, November 18,
December 16, January 20
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, October 16
  • Thursday, November 20

Homeschool Art Sampler will resume March 2015.

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

Fine Art Fridays will resume March 2015.


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, October 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Saturday, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Saturday, December 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Saturday, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Saturday, February 7, 14, 21, 28

Click here for more information about school and group tours.


Exhibition-related Programs: Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu

Art(full) Bag
The Art(full) Bag is filled with objects to support and create educational connections to the Museum's main gallery exhibition. As families view the works in Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu, they are encouraged to use the hands-on materials for a deeper understanding of the exhibition and the beauty, intention, and meaning of the works of art on view.

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.