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  For Kids and Families

A variety of free programming for children and families is offered throughout the year.

Just Announced

Camp Kemper Summer 2015
Early enrollment for qualifying members starts March 23!
Register at or 816-457-6136

Sessions 1 or 3: Art Amplified
June 16–18 or June 30–July 2 | 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Ages 6–8
Take inspiration from the art of Adam Cvijanovic this summer and think big with 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art. Each day reveals a new material and technique including paintings on wood panel, landscape sculptures, and more.

Sessions 2 or 4: Art Expansion
June 23–25 or July 7–9 | 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Ages 9–12
Create paintings inspired by the large-scale artwork of Adam Cvijanovic. Experiment with different types of paint and surfaces while creating larger than life works of art using a variety of materials like acryclics, gouache, and paints sticks.

Open enrollment begins April 1

Morning at the Museum: Family Day for Preschoolers
Saturday, March 28, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Educare students, families, and educators, as well as all families with preschool age children, are invited to the Museum for “tot-friendly” docent tours, take-home activities and hands-on art making.
Drop-in, no registration necessary, appropriate for families with children 3-5 years old

Tots on Tuesday
11:00–noon, third Tuesday of each month | Ages 3–5 | Drop-in, no registration necessary

Story-time, songs, art inspired conversation, and hands-on art making led by a librarian and museum educator.


Scavenger Saturdays for Families
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., third Saturdays | Kemper Museum | Free | No Registration Required

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturdays for families. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. No reservations are required.

  • Saturday, March 21
  • Saturday, April 18
  • Saturday, May 16
  • Saturday, June 20
  • Saturday, July 18
  • Saturday, August 15
  • Saturday, September 19

Scavenger Saturdays at the Kemper Museum are made possible with generous support from the R.A. Long Foundation.

Exhibition-related Events

Spring Break Camp Kemper: Art Meltdown
Tuesday–Thursday, March 17–19, 10:00 a.m.–noon, ages 7–11
Do you love Camp Kemper in the summer? What about during Spring Break? For the first time ever, the Museum is offering a fun, creative, and free three-day camp with activities inspired by the exhibition Piece by Piece: Building a Collection. Campers explore the galleries and create a unique work of art each day. Early registration is available to Museum members through January 30.

Camp Kemper is now full. You can be added to the waiting list by emailing

Reading Reptile Stories & Art
Sunday, April 19, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
The Reading Reptile has been a purveyor and promoter of children’s books in Kansas City for over 25 years and has brought children and books together, emphasizing the joy and importance of reading. Join us for a fun family story-time and art-making activity celebrating the modern children’s book as a vital and evolving art form in American culture. Drop-in. No registration necessary. Open to all ages.


NEW: ArtReach Spring 2015

As part of a collaborative project between the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Museum offers free workshops for children with and without developmental disabilities each semester.

The objective of ArtReach is to provide opportunities for self-expression and communication through the visual arts. Each hands-on workshop is designed for a particular age group and relates to specific works of art on view. Participants will learn how to work with different media and gain knowledge of elements of art while being introduced to a specific artist’s work and his or her inspiration. Students will create an original work of art based on the skills learned in the workshop.

Saturday, April 4
Scenic Views
Ages6–8 11:00a.m.–12:30p.m.
Ages 9–12 1:30–3:30 p.m.
The work of Mickalene Thomas will be revealed and considered from the exhibition Piece by Piece: Building a Collection. Students will create layered landscape compositions with rhinestones, fabrics, and magazine clippings.

Sunday, April 12
Color Wash
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30p.m.
Ages 9–12 1:30–3:30 p.m.
The work of Jen Stark will be explored from the exhibition, Piece by Piece: Building a Collection. Students will create overlapping gradations of color using paint sticks on canvas paper.

Saturday, April 25
Comic Collage
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
Ages 9–12 1:30–3:30 p.m.
The prints of Ed Blackburn will be compared and contrasted to other artworks in the Museum. Students will create comic-style designs using pen and ink on illustration board.


Sunday, May 3
Walk in the Park
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
Ages 9–12 1:30–3:30 p.m.
The work of Lois Dodd will be introduced and explored. Students will create a plein-air painting with acrylics and canvas.

Register at Space is limited.


Come take part in our Spring Homeschool Programs!

Make the Kemper a part of your homeschool routine. Homeschool art programs like our monthly Homeschool Art Sampler and Fine Art First Friday are designed to serve co-op groups or individual families.

Fine Art Friday: Art + Tour

Art & Tour for Homeschool Students
March 6, April 3, and May 1
Hands-on art making from 1:00–3:00 p.m., Guided Gallery Tour from 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Ages 5–12
Join us for hands-on art making inspired by works of art in the exhibition Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, followed by a docent-guided tour. Fine Art Friday for homeschoolers is designed to be an interactive experience that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through observation, discussion and activities. Drop-in. No registration necessary.


Tour: Gallery Conversations Drop-in
1:00 p.m., Saturdays | Kemper Museum | Free | No Registration Required

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. No reservations are required. Meet at the Visitor Services Desk.

  • Saturday, March 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Saturday, April 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Saturday, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Saturday, June 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Saturday, July 4, 11, 18, 25

Click here for more information about school and group tours.


Exhibition-related Programs: Piece by Piece: Building a Collection

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 families view the works in Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, they are encouraged to use the hands-on materials for a deeper understanding of the exhibition and the beauty, intention, and meaning of the works of art on view.

Art Stop!
The next time you swing by the Museum with the kids, stop by the Visitor’s Service Desk to grab an Art Stop card. Each month features two collection works and offers fun facts and guiding comparison questions to encourage learning and sharing.