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.

Click here to view a PDF of the Summer 2019 brochure.


2019 Schedule


Art Space

2019 Summer Art Camp
Register Now!

Summer Art Camp offers 22 weeklong camps, and several two-week camps, over the course of eight weeks. Camps are for ages 4 and older, including a few that are just for teens, and begin the week of June 3. Our camps encourage children to get their hands dirty, build creativity and ingenuity, and most importantly — to have a good time!

Click here to see a full schedule of camps, fees and descriptions, as well as information about registration.

Click here to view a PDF of the Summer 2019 brochure.


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.


Museum Day

Museum Day
Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Join us for Museum Day, where all ages are invited to enjoy the permanent collection, special exhibitions and ARTSpace with free admission all day. Appleton members always receive free admission but we encourage you to bring your nonmember friends! The education department will host an open house where visitors can see art-making demonstrations in our studios, plein air painting in the courtyard, meet the staff and teachers — and even create some art!


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.

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.

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.

April 17

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