Families Welcome!

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a place where families can spend fun time together learning about themselves and our world through art.

We have everything ready so you can maximize your creative quality time together.

FREE Family Festivals

Celebrate different cultures, special holidays and more with one of our FREE Family Festivals! Annual events such as the Day of the Dead/El Dia de los Muertos Festival, Chinese New Year and the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park Celebration include art activities, family-friendly performances, in-gallery experiences and more.

Weekends at the Museum

Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. for FREE hands-on activities, close looking and conversation with museum guides in the galleries and in the Bloch Lobby. Activities and gallery locations change every few months, so come back often!

Story Time for Preschoolers

Enjoy FREE story time every second Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Noguchi Court

Plan Your Family Visit

Short and repetitive visits are more effective and exciting for children. It is more valuable to view and discuss a few art objects rather than trying to see all the art at once.

Shorten the museum visit so your children do not get too tired or bored. Try just 30 minutes to 2 hours at a time. The Museum is free, so come often!

2012 Day of the Dead altar installation created by Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero, Mattie Rhodes Center and local artists, Kirkwood Hall, November 2012.

Mariachi music by Los Musicos, Bloch Lobby, 2012 Day of the Dead Family Festival, Sunday, November 4, 2012.

Family Gallery Guide, American Indian Gallery, February 2012.

Chinese Brush Painting art activity, Ford Learning Center, 2013 Chinese New Year Celebration, Friday, February 8, 2013.

The Picnic Project, Annual Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park Celebration: Hand Built!, Sunday, July 15, 2012.

Annual Mother's Day Celebration: Meet Me in Kansas City, Kirkwood Hall, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

"Upcycled" Garden activity, Annual Mother's Day Celebration, Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Indian dance demonstrations, 2013 Passport to India Family Festival, Bloch Lobby, Sunday, April 14, 2013.

Special Author Event with Hervé Tullet, Bloch Lobby, Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Annual Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park Celebration: Fiesta in the Park!, Friday, July 19, 2013.
Available Daily

Connect to the Mobile Guide for more family fun! Check out a FREE mobile device at the Bloch Lobby Info Desk or use your own. Start your mobile tour at naguide.org

Guided tours are free and available every day. Tours are offered for the Museum collection and building architecture. Visit the Information Desk or online for times and availability.

Family Gallery Guides Download PDF

We have several Family Gallery Guides to make the trip more interactive and fun for children. Pick one up or Print one and look out for this icon:

Take a Break!

Take a break from the galleries to have lunch in Rozzelle Court Restaurant, enjoy a picnic outside, run around in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, or sit in the Bloch Lobby and talk about what you've seen today.

Museum Store

The Museum Store has a special section for children. Engage their imaginations with puzzles, posters, books, and more.

Swing by the Museum Store and have your child pick out a few of their favorite postcards. Then go on a hunt to find the art objects in the Museum. The postcards are souvenirs of their visit!

After the Visit

Be sure to let us know about your visit. Contact us at families@nelson-atkins.org to share your experience, ask questions and provide feedback.

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