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.

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 Brands Atrium on Wednesdays 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!

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  • Jan. 16  - Subjects & Styles
  • Feb. 20  - Love in Art - CANCELED
  • Mar. 20 - * 30 Americans
Free for Joslyn members and infants/toddlers, $5 general public adults (payable at the door). * Temporary Exhibitions $10 general public adults. 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 Modern Artisan Baking.

Poetry Out Loud

Saturday, February 16  2-3:30 pm
The Public is welcome to attend the Poetry Out Loud regional workshop in the Abbott Lecture Hall. A free event showcasing students reciting poetry followed by commentary from performance evaluators.
POL is a national arts education program sponsored by the National endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.  The Nebraska Arts Council coordinates POL for our state and is partnering with Nebraskans for the Arts for this event, which will feature students who have won their school competition. Top students contestants from each participating high school will advance to state finals during March. The student who wins the Nebraska state championship will participate in a national competition in April in Washington, D.C.

30 Americans Family Festival

Saturday, March 2, noon-4 pm

Join us for this community celebration - free to all during Free First Weekend!

Explore the 30 Americans exhibition, where spoken word artists Devel Crisp and Shukura Huggins will present original work inspired by the art on view (1:30 pm and 2:30 pm). Hear inspiring gospel music from the voices of Salem Baptist Church Mass Choir (12:30 pm). See majorette-style dancing from the young talent of I Heartbeat Dance (2 pm). And experience a vibrant performance by professional dancers and drummers from the African Culture Connection (3 pm; pictured right). Plus put your hands and mind to work when you contribute to a collaborative art project and create something special to take home as a memento.

Bring the whole family for an arts-filled afternoon!

Family Scavenger Hunts

Stop by the EdTech Gallery to pick up a scavenger hunt, then let the gallery adventure begin! Try Summertime or Emoji 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 Girl Scouts

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