ACTIVITIES and programs FOR FAMILIES


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 open a PDF of the 2017-2018 education brochure of studio art programs.


2017-2018 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 new, 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.

2018 Classes:

Tuesday, February 6, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, March 6, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, April 3, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, May 1, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Free for Appleton members and children ages 2-5; included with regular admission fee for adult nonmembers. Advance registration required contact Hollis Mutch or call 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.


First Saturday

First Saturdays at the Appleton are for families! Visit the ARTSpace and participate in a special art-making project. Something new and different will happen each month. This program is for ages 4 and older; accompanying adults are welcome to participate.

2017-2018 Dates: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

November 4
December 2
January 6
February 3
March 3
April 7
May 5

Free for Appleton members and children 17 and under; included with regular admission fee for adult nonmembers.


First Saturday

Half-day Happenings are a perfect way to spend Marion County Public School early release days — and a great way for students to discover the Appleton! Pick up an “assignment” at the Rotunda, enjoy the exhibitions, then visit the ARTSpace for a fun, hands-on art making experience. Free for Appleton members and all children; adult nonmembers pay what they want for admission.

2017-2018 Early Release Dates:

Wednesday, January 24, 1:30-3 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28, 1:30-3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 1:30-3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25, 1:30-3 p.m.

Free for Appleton members and children 17 and under; included with regular admission fee for adult nonmembers.