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.

Spring 2019

Homeschool Day: Museum in the Making

Friday, April 19, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All Ages | Reservations Required

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, create your own museum tour, and learn about different museum careers.

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

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, including flash talks about indigenous plant-host relationships by artist Amanda Gehin, earth-conscious art-making activities, storytelling with the Kansas City Public Library, a live performance by Junkyard Orchestra, a Pressed Flower Workshop with Duplika Jewelry maker Wanda Wolmar, a sale at the museum shop, a brunch special highlighting ingredients from BoysGrow farm at Kemper Museum’s Café Sebastienne, and more!

Click here for a full schedule of events.

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In Conjunction with Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum

Spider Reveal Party

Saturday, July 27, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
12:00-3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages | Reservations required

Artist Louise Bourgeois viewed spiders as fierce, fragile, elegant, patient, hard-working, and clever. As part of the exhibition, Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 years at Kemper Museum, the baby spider sculpture, Spider I, by Louise Bourgeois is finally back on view at Kemper Museum. Come celebrate the return of this special sculpture at a party with spider-inspired art activities, books, spider-selfies, and a scavenger hunt!

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Workshop: Food Art

Saturday, August 10, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6 and up | Reservations required

Wayne Thiebaud, an artist featured as part of Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum, is famous for his colorful still life paintings of edible treats such as cakes, pies, ice cream, and candy. In this intergenerational workshop, participants will learn more about Thiebaud’s artwork and will create their own colorful piece of food-inspired art! All materials provided. Space is limited. 

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

Summer 2019

2019 Block Party

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:00–10:30 p.m.
FREE | Registration required

Kemper Museum’s fifth annual block party! Join us to celebrate the museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary with featured music, food trucks, exhibition tours, family activities, a Museum Shop trunk show, and outdoor movie screening on the museum lawn to close the evening. 

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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

May 10: Food Art
Inspired by Cakes & Pies by artist Wayne Thiebaud, homeschoolers will create their own piece of food art.

June 14: 3D Landscapes
After exploring landscapes in the exhibition Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum, homeschoolers will create a three-dimensional landscape. 

July 12: Fashionable Art
Inspired by the portrait Try on dreams until I find the one that fits me. They all fit me. by artist Amy Sherald, homeschoolers will fuse art and fashion by creating a piece of hat art. 

August 9: Nature 
Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, homeschoolers will create a piece of nature-inspired art. 

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