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.


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.

October 1
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.

October 15
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.

Piet Mondrian: September 7
Yayoi Kusami: October 5
Pierre Auguste Renoir: November 2
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.

September 25
October 30
December 11
January 22
February 26
April 15

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