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 2019-2020 brochure.


2019-2020 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.


Family Day

The Urban Family Day Event
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Revel in the magic of the holidays during this annual Family Day event, sponsored by the Urban family. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., enjoy free admission to see the Urban's beloved, decorated trees and holiday collections, take photos with Santa and do holiday art projects in the Artspace. We will also have trees decorated by community groups on the second floor.

From noon to 3 p.m., take carriage rides around the grounds and enjoy light refreshments in the courtyard. Big Lee's BBQ food truck will be onsite from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


After School

This multisensory program introduces children ages 2–5 to the Appleton. Each session will start with a brief visit to the galleries to examine a work of art, followed by a corresponding art-making activity in the Artspace. Children must have at least one adult with them at all times.

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

November 5
December 3
January 7
February 4
March 3
April 7
May 5

Free for Appleton members and children ages 2-5; included with admission fee for adult nonmembers. Limited to the first 20 children registered. Advance registration required by contacting Hollis Mutch, mutchh@cf.edu, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.


Pre-K Story Time

For children ages 2–5. Join us for storytime in one of the museum’s galleries as we read about art and artists and then visit the Artspace as a group. Children must have at least one adult with them at all times.

Third Tuesday of the month, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

November 19
December 17
January 21
February 18
March 17
April 21
May 19

Free for Appleton members and children ages 2-5; included with admission fee for adult nonmembers. Limited to the first 20 children registered. No advance registration required.


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.

Berthe Morisot: January 4
Jacob Lawrence: February 1
Katsushika Hokusai: March 7
Leonardo Da Vinci: April 4
Georgia O’Keeffe: May 2

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 11
January 22
February 26
April 15

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