MMoCA offers families a variety of open-ended, fun, and flexible resources for exploring its exhibitions.
Learning centers feature interactive computer kiosks, books for children on related exhibition themes, and a full range of discovery activities for various age levels that promote imaginative thinking about the works of art on view.
Stop by the reception desk in the MMoCA lobby and ask for the MMoCAkids ArtPack, the museum’s hands-on discovery kit for exploring art. Designed for family members to use together, the ArtPack contains a variety of activities that promote observation and imaginative thinking about visual art. The kit is designed with flexibility in mind, allowing families to choose which activities to use and what to look at in the galleries. The ArtPack also includes special take-home activities inspired by works on view in current exhibitions.
MMoCAkids and MMoCAteens Art Guides
Designed for use anywhere in the museum, the MMoCAteens and MMoCAkids art guides provide young visitors and their adult companions with multiple ways to investigate contemporary art. Find them in exhibition learning centers and at the entrance to MMoCA’s State Street Gallery.
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 mid-June through mid-August. 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.
Both programs offer a variety of individual and group art activities planned for children ages three and above. All children should be accompanied by a supervising adult. Organized summer camps and other childcare programs should pre-register at 608-204-3021 to attend Art Cart sessions in Madison; families are invited to drop-in with no pre-registration necessary. Art Cart is a partnership of MMoCA and Madison School & Community Recreation. Art Cart EXTRA! is a program of MMoCA.
Generous funding for Art Cart 2018 was provided by the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, MGE, the Cummings Christensen Family Foundation, TDS Telecom, Associated Bank, Veridian Homes Foundation, TASC, and Professor Emeritus Josh Chover.
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. Students participating in organized afterschool programs at area schools are also welcome to attend the program.
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 to ArtZone participants. To inquire about upcoming ArtZone sessions, youth coordinators should contact email@example.com.
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.