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  For Kids and Families

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

Exhibition-related Programs

BIG DRAW: Sketching at the Museum
First and third Sundays in June and July Whether you are a seasoned draftsman or it’s your first time, join in a Kansas City artist-led sketching experience in the galleries or on the grounds of the Kemper Museum. For all ages and all skill levels. Paper and pencils will be provided or bring your own. Please email or call 816-457-6136 to enroll. Space is limited.
Session 1: June 1, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Session 2: June 15, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Session 3: July 6, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Session 4: July 20, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Art for All! Family Day Event
Saturday, August 2, noon–3:00 p.m.
Docent tours, hands-on art making, take-home activities, and collaborative experiences will be offered throughout the afternoon in conjunction with Accessible Arts of Kansas City. All programming will include adaptations and strategies to ensure accessible settings and inclusive experiences for all.

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.

Fine Art Friday: Family Tours
First Fridays in June and August, 11:00–11:30 a.m.
Stop by for a free family-friendly tour with an experienced gallery guide for an opportunity to reflect upon, discuss, and learn more about art and artists. A take-home art activity will be provided at the end of each tour.

Tots on Tuesday
Third Tuesday of each month, June 17/July 15/August 19
11:00 a.m.–noon, 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.

New: Camp Kemper Summer 2014

Unfortunately, Camp Kemper is now full. To be added to the waitlist please email or call 816-457-6136

Sessions 1 or 3: June 17–19 or July 8–10 (10am–12:30pm)
Art Adventures, ages 6-8 FREE

Sessions 2 or 4: June 24–26 or July 15–17 (10am–12:30pm)
Contemporary Constructions, ages 9-12 FREE

*20 student capacity per session. Child must only enroll in one session.






Come take part in our Homeschool Museum 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 afternoon of the first Friday of the month (Fine Art Friday) and the morning of the third Wednesday of each month (Homeschool Art Sampler).

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.

April 2014
Fine Art Friday: April 4, 2014 from 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Homeschool Art Sampler: April 16, 2014 from 10:00–11:30 a.m.

May 2014
Fine Art Friday: May 2, 2014 from 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Homeschool Art Sampler: May 21, 2014 from 10:00–11:30 a.m.



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 four 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.

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

Enrollment is full, a waiting list has been established.

Sunday, May 4
Creeping Color

Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
Ages 9–12 1:30–3:30 p.m.

The work of Polly Apfelbaum seems to ooze across the gallery floor. Students will explore this work and more with art educator, Jessica Thompson-Lee, and create designs of their own using weaving and braiding techniques.


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, April 19
  • Saturday, May 17
  • Saturday, June 21
  • Saturday, July 19
  • Saturday, August 16
  • Saturday, September 20
  • Saturday, October 18

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, April 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Saturday, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Saturday, June 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Saturday, July 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Saturday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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.

Tots on Tuesdays
11:00–11:30 a.m., third Tuesdays | Kemper Museum Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery | FREE

Bring in your preschooler for a fun and fashionable get together every third Tuesday. Explore bright colors and bold patterns in Dressed Up, play color-matching games, try on crazy hats, and read stories with a trendy twist. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

  • Tuesday, April 15
  • Tuesday, May 20
  • Tuesday, June 17
  • Tuesday, July 15
  • Tuesday, August 19