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 Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

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.

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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!

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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 dates and themes.

Winter Camp Kemper

Kemper Museum is offering a FREE three-day art camp with art activities inspired by the artwork of Hew Locke! Campers will experiment with a variety of media to create their own artwork based on symbolism and themes such as boats, travel, and culture. 

January 2–4, 2020
Ages 6–12 | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. each day

To register, email

Members enroll first, starting November 4; open registration begins November 18. Space is limited.

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

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!

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