ACTIVITIES and programs FOR FAMILIES


The Appleton offers programs and special events specifically designed for children and families. 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.


2017 Schedule


Family Night at the Museum

Spring Break Family Activities

Tuesday, March 14, 11 a.m. to Noon: Leaping Lizards
Explore the wild world of animal science with critters from the Discovery Center as they pay a visit to the Appleton! Learn about the cuddly bearded dragon, cool blue-tongued skink, lazy leopard geckos, and more! These cold-blooded reptiles are guaranteed to touch any warm-blooded hearts. After, see how many lizards you can find in the art of Annelies Dykgraaf in our Preview Gallery. Make sure you stop by the ARTSpace where you can create your very own lizard to take home!

Wednesday, March 15, 11 a.m. to Noon: Drumming up Diversity
Take a mini trip to Africa! Join Ray Devries of Drum It Up USA and learn to play your own drum while enjoying the African-inspired woodblock prints of Annelies Dykgraaf in our Preview Gallery. Ray will bring plenty of extra drums, so come drum it up at the Appleton! Make sure you stop by the ARTSpace where you can create your own African-inspired artwork.

Spring Break family activities are free for Appleton members and all children; included with the cost of admission for adult nonmembers.


Family Night at the Museum

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.


First Saturday

First Saturdays
Every First Saturday, September-May
1-3 p.m.

Have family fun in the Appleton's ARTSpace! Join us on the first Saturday of each month from 1-3 p.m. for age-appropriate art making for children ages 4 and older. Adults are welcome to participate. Each First Saturday art activity will focus on a different artist. Free for members and children; included in the cost of admission for adult nonmembers. No registration required.

Upcoming First Saturdays:
March 4, April 1, May 6