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.


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.


Steel Orchestra

Magical Night at the Museum
Saturday, April 20, 6-9 p.m.

Join us for Magical Night at the Museum, a special event for families. Embark on an enchanting adventure around the Appleton that includes unicorn carriage rides, artwork that will come to life, a magic show, mermaids and more! Make your way to the ARTSpace to create a magic wand or orb. Light refreshments will be served in the Café. Children are encouraged to attend in costume. (This event is appropriate for ages 4 and up.)

Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets go on sale beginning March 4. Click here for more information.


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.

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.

Wayne Thiebaud: February 2
Jackson Pollock: March 2
Mary Cassatt: April 13
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.

February 27
April 17

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