For Kids

Gallery Exploration

MMoCA offers families a variety of open-ended, fun, and flexible resources for exploring its exhibitions. Click on the links below to access a selection of these activities from home.

Learning Centers
Exhibition Learning Centers provide opportunities for learning and creativity related to the art on view. In the Henry Street Gallery, you’ll find an interactive iPad display on Ray Yoshida, along with a set of creative drawing challenges inspired by the artist’s process that can be printed at home: Booklet | Single Pages

MMoCAkids ArtPack
Designed for use anywhere in the museum, the MMoCAkids ArtPack contains discovery activities that promote observation and imaginative thinking about visual art. For fun at home, download drawing activities inspired by Roger Brown’s luminous landscapes and Robert Lostutter’s extraordinary hybrid creatures.

MMoCAkids and MMoCAteens Art Guides
The MMoCAteens and MMoCAkids art guides offer multiple ways to investigate contemporary art.

MMoCA’s Free Family Resources are generously supported by the Nimick Forbesway Foundation.

Art Cart & Art Cart Extra!

Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! are free outdoor art programs that travel to parks and playgrounds across Dane County. In response to current health guidelines, MMoCA and MSCR are pleased to offer Art Cart ArtKits for families to take home to complete.

To pick up an ArtKit, look for the colorful Art Cart van at parks listed in the schedule linked below. ArtKits are limited and available first-come, first-served. Art Cart EXTRA! kits includes supplies and instruction for three creative activities. You can also watch Art Cart EXTRA! instructors demonstrate how to make an imaginative watercolor painting and your very own collage scrapbook inspired by the art of Gladys Nilsson and Ray Yoshida. ArtKits developed for the weekday Art Cart program will change weekly. Meet the 2020 Art Cart instructors!

Art Cart is a joint project of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) and Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR). Art Cart EXTRA! is organized by MMoCA. To date, Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! are generously funded by the Theda and Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation in memory of Sylvia Vaccaro, the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation, the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, MGE, the Cummings Christensen Family Foundation, and TDS Telecom.

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.


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, US Bank Foundation, the Capital Times Kids Fund, the Madison Arts Commission with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Green Bay Packers Foundation, and Zendesk Neighbor Foundation.

Girl Scouts

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.