MMoCA offers families a variety of open-ended, fun, and flexible resources for exploring its exhibitions.
Exhibition learning centers provide opportunities for learning and creativity related to the art on view.
Designed for use anywhere in the museum, the MMoCAkids ArtPack contains discovery activities that promote observation and imaginative thinking about visual art.
MMoCA’s Free Family Resources are generously supported by the Nimick Forbesway Foundation.
Kids' Art Adventures
Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following lively discussions of art led by an experienced museum educator. Children aged six to ten and an accompanying adult begin by gathering in the MMoCA lobby at 1 pm; younger and older siblings are also welcome to attend. The workshops fill up, so come 15 minutes early to put your name on a sign-up list.
Kids’ Art Adventures are generously funded by National Guardian Life Insurance Company.
Art Cart & Art Cart Extra!
The museum’s popular, free outdoor art programs bring expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to art projects at parks, playgrounds, and beaches in Madison and Dane County in the summer. Art Cart takes place weekdays in Madison from June 13 through August 14. Art Cart EXTRA! travels on Saturdays in June and July to the communities of Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, McFarland, Monona, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee, and Windsor beginning June 15. The full schedule will be available soon.
Art Cart is a partnership of MMoCA and Madison School & Community Recreation. Art Cart EXTRA! is a program of MMoCA. Funding to date for Art Cart 2019 is provided by the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, MGE, The Cummings Christensen Family Foundation, TDS Telecom, Veridian Homes Foundation, and TASC.
ArtZone is MMoCA’s afterschool art program for 4th through 6th grade youth. The program involves students from neighborhood and community centers in a two-hour workshop at the museum that combines engaging gallery discussions with related hands-on art activities. A flexible schedule of ArtZone workshops led by an experienced art educator is offered on selected Friday afternoons throughout the school year and in summer. MMoCA provides supplies, instruction, and transportation free-of-charge.
Support for ArtZone has been generously provided by the Nimick Forbesway Foundation, Zendesk Neighbor Foundation, US Bank Foundation, the Green Bay Packers Foundation, the Capital Times Kids Fund, and the Madison Arts Commission with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board.
Girl Scout troops may work toward completion of a Fine Arts badge by visiting MMoCA on a guided tour. Troop leaders may request an in-gallery drawing experience inspired by works of art.