Programs for Kids @ Joslyn
We aim for kid-friendly! Besides special programs and events, Joslyn provides children and families with tools to engage in independent art exploration and hands-on learning. When you're at the Museum, visit Art Works: A Place for Curiosity to enjoy nine hands-on activity stations with connections to art in the galleries, or stop by the Scott EdTech Gallery to pick-up a printed gallery guide, check-out an Art Pack, explore art using an iPad, and more!

Click here for a printable flyer of kids and family programs at Joslyn Art Museum.

Para obtener un folleto imprimible de los niños y los programas para la familia en el Museo de Arte Joslyn, haga click aqui.

Holiday Lights Family Festival
Sunday, December 6; Noon–5 pm. Go West! is free for children, $5 for adults.

Here it comes... Another day of FREE art-making, music, and gallery viewing at Joslyn, sponsored by Wells Fargo! You may chip in by bringing a nonperishable food item to deposit in the Shine the Light on Hunger barrel at the Museum entrance. Free trolley service offered to participating sites.

Schedule includes:

Magic with Amazing Arthur

Warm up with a little comedy, a few surprises, and the opportunity to participate in a magical performance! 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm

Musical performances
Resonance; Noon–12:45pm, Storz Fountain Court
Tuba Christmas; 2-3pm, Witherspoon Concert Hall


Parfleche: Plains Indians used folded, rawhide containers known as parfleche to store food and carry supplies during migration. Parfleche were often embellished with geometric, abstract designs using carved buffalo bone or wood as a paintbrush. Stop by the studio and create your own parfleche-inspired bag to keep special objects safe!

Winter Edition: Freshen up your relief printing skills while creating a small edition of greeting cards to send far and wide! Before you leave, check out the exhibition My Friend Eric Rohmann in the Mind's Eye Gallery. Can you find the carved printmaking plates hanging on the wall?

Stroller Tours
Joslyn offers docent-guided tours designed for moms, dads, and caregivers to look at and talk about art with other adults, while being mindful of young ones in arms and strollers. Gather in Joslyn's ConAgra Foods Atrium at 9:30 am for complimentary pastries and refreshments. Then head to the galleries for 10 am tours that will keep you up-to-date on Joslyn's permanent collection and exciting special exhibitions. Tandem strollers and crying babies welcome!

Click here to register.      
  • Nov. 18 - Sculpture
  • Dec. 16 - Religion in Art  
Free for Joslyn members and infants/toddlers, $5 general public adults (payable at the door). Space is limited; reservations are requested. Questions? Call (402) 661-3860 or email Joslyn's Youth and Family Programs Manager.

Breakfast pastries donated by J. Skinner Artisan Baking.

Story Adventures
It's never too early for stories and art! Preschoolers and young readers, accompanied by an adult, as invited to this FREE, artful reading program presented by Joslyn and Omaha Public Library. Stop by the Museum each month when a children's librarian will read thematic stories and engage little ones in simple activities connecting them to artworks. Older siblings are welcome, too.

Tuesdays @ 10:30 am:
Oct. 20 - My Friend Eric Rohmann
Nov. 17 - Harvest
Dec. 15 - Go West

Family Scavenger Hunts
Stop by the EdTech Gallery to pick up a scavenger hunt, then let the gallery adventure begin! Try Fall into Autumn and others. Click here for details.

Do you have kids who snicker at art with nudes and you don't know what to say? Try Undressing the Nudes for a brief exploration of the nude in art and an explanation of why the figure is an important symbolic and technical tool for artists.

Have questions? Call (402) 661-3860 or e-mail Joslyn's Youth and Family Programs Manager.
Just for Scouts

Joslyn offers a variety of workshops for Girl Scouts (Brownies & Juniors) & Boy Scouts (Cubs & Webelos). Offered on Sundays throughout the year.