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.

Fall 2019

Homeschool Day: Art + Nature

Friday, September 20, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

As part of a collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum is hosting a Homeschool Day!

Drop in anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to make artwork inspired by the theme nature. 

In Conjunction with Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

Workshop: Boat Art

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6 and up | Reservations Required

Boats are found throughout the exhibition Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing, and for the artist, boats symbolize themes such as travel, exploration, trade, migration, refugees, and tourism. Inspired by Hew Locke’s hanging boat installation, workshop participants will create their own piece of boat art. All materials provided. Space is limited.

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

Trick-or-Treat at Kemper Museum

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4:00–6:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages | Reservations Required

Wear your costume and join us at Kemper Museum for a unique trick-or-treating experience! Explore the galleries and trick-or-treat for art-inspired treats and then create a mixed media mask inspired by artist Hew Locke.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-trick-or-treat.eventbrite.com

Dia de Arte Familiar en Español

Saturday, November 9, 2019
kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages | Reservations Required

Recorre el arte de Hew Locke y Angel Otero 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-arte-familiar-espanol.eventbrite.com

Movie in the Museum

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:30 p.m.
FREE | All ages | Reservations Required

Like the exhibition Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing, the movie Moana is all about exploration, culture, and identity! ...and they both have boats! Escape the cold and join us at Kemper Museum to watch Moana, snack on popcorn, and create artwork inspired by Hew Locke.

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

Kemper Puzzle Party

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
12:30–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages | Reservations Required

Join us at Kemper Museum for our first ever Puzzle Party! Collaborate with others on art-themed puzzles, create your own puzzle inspired by the symbolism in Hew Locke’s artwork, and enjoy some hot cocoa!

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://kempermuseum-puzzle-party.eventbrite.com

ArtReach

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 dates and themes.

Sunday Art Lab

Join us at Kemper Museum for this NEW drop-in creative experience! Experiment with different art materials while making artwork inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions, read books, and explore the galleries with sketching materials.

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

 

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


September 13: Paper
Inspired by the exhibition Women to Watch–Paper Routes 2020, young artists will learn about 3-D paper sculpture techniques and create their own paper sculpture. 

October 11: The Art of the Zine
Inspired by local artist Megan Pobywajlo, one of the artists in the 2019 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition, young artists will learn about and create their own zine. 

November 8: Travel
Inspired by the exhibition Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing, young artists will create a piece of art about the theme “travel.”

December 13: Collage
Inspired by the Atrium Installation by artist Angel Otero, young artists will create a collage using paint skins and other materials inspired by Otero’s artwork.

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!

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