Families Welcome!

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is FUN for families. Enjoy a festival, weekend activity, story time or stroller tour. Explore the galleries with a Family Gallery Guide. Outside, the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park is a favorite place to picnic and play.


Celebrate art, culture and special holidays with our free festivals – fun for both children and adults. Mark your calendar for our upcoming festivals.

Weekends at the Museum

The museum IS kid-friendly! 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.

Junior Jaunts Stroller Tours
patrons with a child and stroller enjoying an art tour

Looking for a "me time" outing but have a baby in tow? Yes, you can bring a stroller or infant carrier to the museum – and enjoy adult conversation too! Every third Friday of the month at 10:15 a.m., join other parents and caregivers with their babies for a 45-minute adult-focused, yet stroller friendly, tour and discussion of a few favorite galleries. We ask that you please be aware of our museum guidelines before you visit.

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!

Chinese New Year Each winter, we host a Chinese New Year celebration, featuring live music, dance performances, a Chinese calligraphy demonstration, art activities, learning in our Chinese art gallery, Chinese food, as well as activities featuring the New Year’s zodiac animal.

Passport to India Each Spring, join us for Passport to India. This festival includes several dance performances, live music, a colorful fashion show, art activities, learning in the South and Southeast Asian art galleries and Indian-inspired cuisine.

Mother's Day Celebration Our annual Mother's Day Celebration is a lovely way to celebrate mothers and mother earth with fun for both children and adults. This celebration features live family-friendly performances on the lawn of the beautiful Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, as well as an art activity for children to enjoy. Plan ahead if you would also like to make a brunch reservation in Rozzelle Court Restaurant.

The Annual Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park Celebration In celebration of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and National Parks and Recreation Month, the museum teams up with Kansas City Parks and Rec to create a GIANT picnic space. K.C. comes together for a fun-filled evening for all ages. This is truly THE BEST picnic in Kansas City not to be missed!

Day of the Dead A fall tradition for many Kansas City families is our Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) celebration. This festival is a commemoration of the rich and beautiful Mexican culture, including an altar installation to tribute loved ones who have passed away, art activities, live entertainment and Mexican food.
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 your visit more interactive and fun for children, including a scavenger hunt. Family Gallery Guides are available at the Info Desk, and at the entrance of various galleries throughout the museum. Look for the art+family=FUN icon for kid-friendly materials.

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

We welcome feedback about your museum visit! Feel free to contact us at families@nelson-atkins.org. You can also follow or tag the museum on social media and view event photos and videos on Flickr, and Youtube.

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