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 view a PDF of the Fall 2018-Spring 2019 brochure.


2018-2019 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 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.

Once a month, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

December 4
January 8
February 5
March 5
April 2
May 7

Free for Appleton members and children ages 2-5; included with regular admission fee for adult nonmembers. RSVP is required to attend by contacting Hollis Mutch, mutchh@cf.edu, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.


First Saturday

Visit the ARTSpace on First Saturdays for artist-themed art making projects that are appropriate for children ages 4 and older; accompanying adults are welcome to participate.

First Saturday of the Month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Henri Rousseau: January 5
Wayne Thiebaud: February 2
Jackson Pollock: March 2
Mary Cassatt: April 6
Faith Ringgold: May 4

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


Half Day Happening

Half-day Happenings are a perfect way to spend Marion County Public School Early Release Days — and a great way to discover the Appleton! Pick up an activity sheet at the front desk, enjoy the exhibitions, then visit the ARTSpace for a fun, art-making experience.

Marion County Public School Early Release Days, 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.

December 5
January 23
February 27
April 17

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