Kids & Families

A variety of free programming for children and families is offered throughout the year. The objective of Kemper Museum educational programs is to engage children and adults in a discussion about contemporary art and how it relates to their lives. Groups of ten or more may schedule free docent-led guided tours of Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection and special exhibitions, to see more information visit the Museum's Tours page.

Camp Kemper Summer 2017

Camp Kemper Summer 2017: Printed Patterns (FULL Ages 7–12)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 7–12 (FULL) | Register at reservations@kemperart.org

The Kemper Museum is offering fun three-day art camps with activities inspired by artwork in the museum. Campers will let their imaginations take over as they discover new and inventive ways of creating Contemporary Art!

Theme: Printed Patterns
After exploring repetition, color, and texture in patterned art and abstract art throughout the Museum, campers will create printed textiles to make fibers-based art projects (sneak peak: one of them will be fashion-inspired!) 

Members register first, beginning May 1! Open registration begins May 15.

Due to the popularity and high demand for Camp Kemper, and to be able to impact as many families as possible, registration will be limited to one session only per child over the summer.
Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Camp Kemper Summer 2017: Storytelling (FULL Ages 7–12)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 to Thursday, June 29, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 7–12 (FULL) | Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Theme: Storytelling
Let your imaginations soar as we explore the connection between storytelling and art! Campers will create stories, puppets, and masks inspired by artwork in the Kemper’s exhibitions

Members register first, beginning May 1! Open registration begins May 15.

Due to the popularity and high demand for Camp Kemper, and to be able to impact as many families as possible, registration will be limited to one session only per child over the summer.
Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Camp Kemper Summer 2017: Abstract Art (FULL Ages 7–12)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 to Thursday, July 13, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 7–12 (FULL) | Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Theme: Abstract Art
Explore abstract art in the exhibition Magnetic Fields and discover how these unique approaches to color, form, and composition can be used as inspiration for your own unique approach to creating abstract art! Campers will explore a range of media including drawing, painting, and sculpture.  

Members register first, beginning May 1! Open registration begins May 15.

Due to the popularity and high demand for Camp Kemper, and to be able to impact as many families as possible, registration will be limited to one session only per child over the summer. Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Camp Kemper Summer 2017: Exploration in Metals (FULL Ages 7–12)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to Friday, July 21, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 7–12 (FULL) | Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Theme: Exploration in Metals

Attention all young emerging artists: Come to the Kemper Museum to be inspired by other emerging artists! Explore the artwork of local Kansas City women working in metals. Campers will learn how metal has been used in artwork in the past and in artwork today and will create their own pieces of art inspired by this exhibition! 

Members register first, beginning May 1! Open registration begins May 15.

Due to the popularity and high demand for Camp Kemper, and to be able to impact as many families as possible, registration will be limited to one session only per child over the summer.
Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Camp Kemper Summer 2017: Public Art (Ages 7–12)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 to Thursday, July 27, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 7–12 | Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Theme: Public Art
How can art better a city? Using art on display both inside and outside the Kemper Museum as inspiration, campers will design and create maquettes (scale models) of murals and public sculptures to add to the Kansas City landscape!

Members register first, beginning May 1! Open registration begins May 15.

Due to the popularity and high demand for Camp Kemper, and to be able to impact as many families as possible, registration will be limited to one session only per child over the summer.
Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Programs in Conjunction with Magnetic Fields

Family Day: Music and Art Unite!

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Art Activity 1–2:00 p.m. Musical Performance 2–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages

 Explore how music and art are connected! Take part in a music-inspired abstract art activity and listen to the musical group New World Connection blend together musical elements from different sources to form a new world musical language. Surrounded by the diverse collection of contemporary artworks in the Kemper Museum’s Atrium, The audience will hear a mix of African rhythms, European melodies, and harmonies that unite the music of Brasil, Argentina, Cuba, and the United States with Africa and Europe.

Art Activity 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Musical Performance 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Teen Night at the Kemper

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–6:30 p.m.
FREE | Open to all teenagers | No Registration Required

Discover how you can become involved at the Kemper Museum while exploring your creative side! We are inviting all interested teenagers to come tour the exhibition Magnetic Fields, listen to music, enjoy some snacks, make some art, and learn how to make a difference at the Museum and in your community.  

Programs in Conjunction with Women to Watch: Metals

Workshop: Installation Art

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult | Space is limited to 25. Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Artist Angelia Sandoval leads an intergenerational workshop that challenges people to learn about and create mixed media installation art using a combination of metal, light, and translucent materials. Workshop participants will explore the themes of emotion and beauty while discovering how art can transform a space into an experience. All supplies provided.

Teen Workshop: Drawing Your Identity with Metal

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 13-18 | Space is limited to 15. Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Artist Cheryl Eve Acosta leads teens in a workshop in which participants will explore their identity through wearable metal art pieces. Participants will experiment with alternative modes of adornment, discovering contemporary methods of wearing jewelry on the body. Acosta, a business owner herself, will also teach the teen artists about the art of entrepreneurship.

Space is limited to 15. Register at reservations@kemperart.org

School Tours

Preschool through university educators may schedule free school tours of the Kemper Museum. The objective of the Kemper Museum school tour program is to engage students in discussion about modern and contemporary art and how it relates to students’ education and lives. To learn more about tours and the Kemper Museum busing program, visit the TOURS page.

Download the Group Tour Registration Form.

Scavenger Saturday

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturday 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.

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

Third Saturdays of Each Month
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages

No registration required

Art(full) Bag

The Art(full) Bag is filled with objects to support and create educational connections to the Museum's main gallery exhibition, Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy. As you view works in the featured exhibition, you are encouraged to use the hands-on materials to gain a deeper understanding of the exhibition and the beauty, intention, and meaning of the works of art on view. Look for the Art(full) Bag, available every day, just inside the main exhibition gallery.

Drop-In Gallery Tours

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.

Saturdays
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–2:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages
No Registration Required

TOTs on Tuesday

Sing songs, read books, explore art, and make your own art with a Kemper museum educator and Kansas City librarian. A different work of art will be featured each month.

First and Third Tuesday of Each Month Starting in June 
Kemper Museum 
of Contemporary Art
10:30-11:30 a.m.
FREE | Ages 3–5

No registration required

The Kemper Museum will be closed on Tuesday July 4.

Fine Art Friday

Join a Kemper Museum educator and docent for interactive experiences in the Museum’s galleries that encourage students to explore art through observation, discussion, and activities. Fine Art Friday’s activities change monthly and are inspired by artwork in the Museum’s current exhibitions. This program is intended to supplement the Homeschooling curriculum.

During the months of June and July there is no Fine Art Friday's. Fine Art Friday's will resume August 2017.

Second Fridays
1:00–2:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–12
No registration required