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.


Please note: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, Missouri) will be temporarily closed beginning Saturday, March 14, to support Kansas City’s effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, all public programs and activities through Friday, April 24 are canceled or rescheduled. Please continue to watch the Museum website for more information.

In Conjunction with Summer Wheat: Blood, Sweat, and Tears

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

Summer 2020

Kemper Museum Annual Block Party

Saturday, August 22, 2020
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–10:30 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

Kemper Museum’s sixth annual block party features live music, food trucks, exhibition tours, family activities, and a Museum Shop trunk show featuring local artists.

Celebrate the debut of the Museum’s newest year-long installation by Dominican-American artist Joiri Minaya, and enjoy an outdoor movie on the Museum lawn to close the evening.

 

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.

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

 

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


April 10: Science and Art 
Miguel Rivera, a local artist featured in the exhibition Gifts of Art: 2019 Acquisitions, uses images of viruses from medicine along with images that reference architecture, constellations, and maps. After observing, analyzing, and discussing Della Salute/ De la Salud/ Of Health, homeschoolers will create their own artwork using images from science and medicine as inspiration.

May 8: Jazz and Art 
The exhibition title Misunderstood is inspired by an original song by Kansas City Jazz musician Eddie Moore. In this Fine Art Friday, explore the artwork in this exhibition, learn about the history of jazz in Kansas City, make connections between art and music, and create your own jazz record album cover!

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

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

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