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.
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.
Enjoy FREE story time every second Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Noguchi Court.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
We welcome feedback about your museum visit! Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow or tag the museum on social media and view event photos and videos on Flickr, and Youtube.