Youth & Families

Programming at Kemper Museum offers educational opportunities for all ages to explore modern and contemporary art. Join us at the museum to experience the connections between art and life.

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.

In Conjunction with Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers)

Colorful Weaving Workshop

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6 and up

Polly Apfelbaum’s colorful rugs are designed by her and hand woven by the Artisans of Teotitlan del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. In this intergenerational workshop, participants will learn about the art of weaving, will learn the process of how Apfelbaum’s rugs are made, and will create their own colorful woven artworks! No prior weaving experience necessary. All materials provided. 

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*Note: parents accompanying children under 12 need to register themselves, too – thanks!

Día de Arte Familiar en Español

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Gratis | FREE, Todas las edades | All Ages

Recorre el arte de Polly Apfelbaum con un docente de habla hispana, crea obras de arte con un artista local, y disfruta de algo de comida! Todo este evento, incluyendo la actividad de elaboración de arte, se presentará en español, y todos los materiales serán proporcionados.

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Join us at the Kemper Museum for Spanish Language Family Art Day! Tour the art of Polly Apfelbaum with a Spanish-speaking docent, make some art with a local artist, and enjoy some food! This entire event, including the art activity, will be presented in Spanish, and all materials will be provided.

Kemper ART-astic Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
12:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations required

Kemper Museum hosts an “ART-astic” egg hunt! Adventure outside the Museum to find eggs filled with art-themed prizes. Then return inside to create your own “ART-astic” piece of colorful egg art inspired by Apfelbaum’s work.

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E(ART)h Extravaganza: Celebrate Earth, Celebrate Art

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations required

Join us during the last weekend of Waiting for the UFOs for an unforgettable Earth Day-inspired event with flash talks about indigenous plant-host relationships by artist Amanda Gehin, earth-conscious art activities, storytelling with our friends at the Kansas City Public Library, a Pressed Flower Workshop with Duplika Jewelry maker Wanda Wolmar, live music, and much more!

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As part of a collaborative project between Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Museum offers FREE art workshops for children on the autism spectrum and their family members.

Registration is strongly encouraged; click below for more details.

Ages 6-8: 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Ages 9-12: 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Click here for Spring 2019 dates and themes.

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 a Homeschooling curriculum.

Second Friday of Each Month
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–2:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–12
No registration required

March: Color 
After exploring Polly Apfelbaum’s colorful art installations, homeschoolers will study the color wheel to learn about color schemes, including complementary colors, warm colors, and cool colors, and then create their own colorful pieces of art!

April: Earth-Conscious Art 
As Earth Day approaches, homeschoolers will explore how artists can create amazing art while still having a positive impact on the environment, including creating artworks of their own!

TOTs on Tuesday

Sing songs, read books, explore art, and make your own art with a Kemper Museum educator and Kansas City librarian.

Featuring a different work of art each month!

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

No registration required

Scavenger Saturday

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at Kemper Museum!

Pick up a self-guided activity at the Scavenger Saturday table in the Atrium and follow the clues to take an “ART-astic” adventure. Finish the hunt and pick up a take-home, artmaking activity kit. Scavenger Saturday activities change monthly and are inspired by artwork in the Museum’s current exhibitions. We'll see you there!

Third Saturday 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. 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.

School Tours

Preschool through university educators may schedule free school tours of 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.

Drop-In Gallery Tours

Each Saturday a Kemper Museum docent is available during this time to answer questions or lead a brief, informal tour of works on display. 

No reservations required, just "drop in" and learn something new!

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–2:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages