ACTIVITIES and programs FOR FAMILIES


Family Night at the Museum

Family Night at the Museum

Saturday, October 18 from 6:30-9 p.m.

Join us for an exciting, art-filled evening at the Appleton! See live actors who will "bring to life" some of the Appleton's most well-loved paintings, go on a flashlight scavenger hunt and participate in hands-on art-making activities in the ARTSpace.

Admission, which includes snacks, goodie bags and so much more, will benefit our tuition scholarship fund and educational programming.

Members: $8 per entry for all ages, Nonmembers: $10 per entry for all ages

To make your reservation, click here. Tickets are also available at the door.

Please consider becoming a sponsor of the Appleton's Night at the Museum. Sponsorship benefits education programming for adults and children at the Appleton.

All sponsors receive recognition on our website and in the event program, as well as:

  • $100 Sponsors receive 2 free tickets to Family Night at the Museum
  • $250 Sponsors receive 5 free tickets to Family Night at the Museum
  • $500 Sponsors receive 10 free tickets to Family Night at the Museum
  • To become a sponsor, fill out the sponsorship form, here. For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Mary Moore, 352-291-4455, ext.1613 or email here.

    The Appleton would like to offer a sincere thanks to our sponsors of the Family Night at the Museum fundraiser:

    Pasteur's Sports, Publix, Staples Copy & Print, Silver Springs Blvd., Fine Arts for Ocala (FAFO), Susan H. Peters, The Corr Family Foundation, Bill & Lyn Rainbow, Solar Trek, Inc., Bill & Elaine Trice, Chester & Barbara Trow, Mega Construction of Ocala, Inc., Ford of Ocala and Seminole Feed


    First Saturday

    Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.

    First Saturdays at the Appleton are for families! We welcome families with children ages 4 and older to come to the ARTSpace and participate in a hands-on art-making experience.

    September 6, Dog Days of Summer are Over!

    Learn about George Rodrigue's Blue Dog painting and fetch some fun in the ARTSpace. What could your dog look like?

    October 4, Apples at the Appleton

    Make an apple tree, print with apples, maybe even try some apple cider!

    November 1, Tool Time

    Visit the Appleton's ReTooled exhibition, then use different toold to make a picture or invent your own tool!

    December 6, Paper Holiday Ornaments

    Create some memories while folding cutting and decorating paper.

    January 3, No Drawing Allowed!

    Could you make an entire picture with stamps? Come to the Appleton and try!

    February 7, HeART to HeART

    Give someone a little love with a handmade valentine!

    March 7, Travel to India

    Visit our Indian miniature painting exhibition then come to the ARTSpace for a related art-making activity.

    April 4, Sail Away!

    Paint or build your dream boat! Let your imagination sail away!

    May 2, Monet's Garden

    Pretend you're an Impressionist and paint your own version of Monet's garden.

    June 6, Ready for the Beach?

    Create a beach scene with colorful umbrellas and design your own flip flops!


    Family Day at the Appleton

    Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Join us in celebrating the holidays by visiting A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Collection, the private holiday collection of Dr. Paul and Joyce Urban and their daughters Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie then visit the ARTSpace to create holiday ornaments with cut and folded paper.

    Family Day admission is free.