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 Summer Wheat: Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Workshop: Unconventional Art Tools

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6 and up | Reservations Required

Inspired by Summer Wheat’s unique painting process, participants will create artwork using unconventional art tools and materials such as cake decorating supplies, squeeze bottles, window screen mesh, and register tape rolls. All materials provided. Come explore!

To register, email Jessica Thompson-Lee at jthompson@kemperart.org

Movie at the Museum

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:30 p.m.
FREE | All ages | Reservations Required

It’s movie time! Join us for Inside Out, a colorful, animated adventure about emotions. Bring your friends, snack on popcorn, and use Summer Wheat’s expressive color palette as inspiration for your own work of art exploring the relationship between art and feelings.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-movie-insideout.eventbrite.com

Spring Camp Kemper

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to Thursday, March 19, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. each day
FREE | Ages 6-12

Taking place March 17–19, Kemper Museum hosts a fun FREE three-day art camp for kids ages 6–12 with activities inspired by the vibrant and tactile paintings of Summer Wheat. Campers will explore texture, color, and pattern while experimenting with unconventional art tools and materials. 

Members enroll first, beginning February 1. Open registration begins February 14. To register, contact Jessica Thompson-Lee at jthompson@kemperart.org or 816-457-6136. 

Shoe Party

Friday, March 27, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–8:30 p.m.
FREE | All ages | Reservations Required

Inspired by shoes in Summer Wheat’s artwork, Kemper Museum is throwing a shoe party! From flip-flops to platforms, sport your most fabulous footwear, create shoe art, and take part in a shoe fashion show. Bring in gently used or never worn kicks to donate to Shoe Kansas City.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-shoeparty.eventbrite.com

Dia de Arte en Español

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
GRATIS | Todas las edades

Recorre el arte de Summer Wheat con un docente de habla hispana, crea obras de arte con un artista local, y disfruta de algo de comida y música! Todo este evento, incluyendo la actividad de elaboración de arte, se presentará en español.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-dia-de-arte.eventbrite.com

Kemper ART-astic Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 11, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
12:00–2:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages | Reservations Required

Come on out to Kemper Museum for another amazing “ART-astic” egg hunt! Adventure outside the Museum to find eggs filled with art-themed prizes, and then return inside to create your own “ART-astic” piece of colorful art inspired by the artwork of Summer Wheat.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-egghunt.eventbrite.com

Sticker Art Party

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages | Reservations Required

Let’s have a sticker art party! Design and create your own stickers, make a colorful sticker collage inspired by the artwork of Summer Wheat, and enjoy live music.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-stickerartparty.eventbrite.com

ArtReach

ArtReach workshops are an inspiring space where youth of all abilities are invited to create theme-based art in an environment with fewer visitors, light and sound reduction, and a designated quiet area for anyone who needs it.

Registration is strongly encouraged; click below for more details.

Fourth Saturday of Each Month
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
FREE | Open to ALL KIDS, Ages 6-12  

Click here for Spring 2020 workshop themes.

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

Sunday Art Lab

Join us at Kemper Museum for this fun drop-in creative experience! Sunday Art Lab fosters imaginative experiences in which people of all ages are immersed in creative play. Come explore and experiment with different art materials and media while making artwork inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions. 

First Sunday of Each Month
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
12:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages
No registration required

 

Kemper Book Club

Join us for this NEW drop-in program for youth & families. Each month read a different book, go on a brief docent-led tour, and create a piece of art, all inspired by artwork on view at the Museum. 

Second Saturday of Each Month
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages
No registration required


March 14: Inspired by the architectural design of Kemper Museum’s main building, this month’s book is Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. Dive into this story to discover all the amazing architectural creations of second-grader Iggy Peck, learn about the history and design of the Museum, and create your own architecture-inspired artwork! 

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


February 14: Experimental Art 
Summer Wheat invented a new technique in which she “thinks outside the paint tube” and pushes thickened paint through a mesh screen. For this Fine Art Friday, we will focus on process, not on product! Be prepared to experiment with a variety of different tools and materials to discover unconventional ways of making art.

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

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!

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

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