The Appleton offers programs and special events specifically designed for children and families to explore and learn about the museum together. Drop in to visit the ARTSpace, participate in a Family Day event, or stop by during a First Saturday program. For questions concerning Family Programs, please click here to contact Hollis Mutch, Museum Educator.

Click here to open a PDF of the 2017-2018 education brochure of studio art programs.

2017-2018 Schedule

Art Space

Daniel and Mary B. Kraus ARTSpace
Open to Everyone!

The ARTSpace is designed to engage adults and children in hands-on art experiences through colorful activity stations and projects that relate to the understanding of art. Make a mosaic with magnets, build with Lego® or draw on our glass wall — there's something for every age and ability!

ARTSpace Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sundays, noon–5 p.m.
The ARTSpace and all supplies are free for children and Appleton members, and included in the cost of admission for adult nonmembers. For more information, contact Marie Fielding, 352-291-4455, ext. 1558.

After School

This new, multisensory program introduces ages 2–5 to the Appleton. Each session starts with a brief visit to the galleries to examine a work of art, and then to the ARTSpace for a corresponding art activity. Children must have at least one adult with them at all times.

2018 Classes:

Tuesday, February 6, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, March 6, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, April 3, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, May 1, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Free for Appleton members and children ages 2-5; included with regular admission fee for adult nonmembers. Advance registration required contact Hollis Mutch or call 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

First Saturday

First Saturdays at the Appleton are for families! Visit the ARTSpace and participate in a special art-making project. Something new and different will happen each month. This program is for ages 4 and older; accompanying adults are welcome to participate.

2018 Dates: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

February 3
March 3
April 7
May 5

Free for Appleton members and children 17 and under; included with regular admission fee for adult nonmembers.

First Saturday

Half-day Happenings are a perfect way to spend Marion County Public School early release days — and a great way for students to discover the Appleton! Pick up an “assignment” at the Rotunda, enjoy the exhibitions, then visit the ARTSpace for a fun, hands-on art making experience. Free for Appleton members and all children; adult nonmembers pay what they want for admission.

2018 Early Release Dates:

Wednesday, January 24, 1:30-3 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28, 1:30-3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 1:30-3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25, 1:30-3 p.m.

Free for Appleton members and children 17 and under; included with regular admission fee for adult nonmembers.