Youth Programming

Kids Classes

Children analyze artifacts and create something of their own to take home in these arts-infused history classes.
Museum educators design these lessons to help your child develop critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills, learn about Kentucky’s history, gain confidence in his or her abilities and, most importantly, have a great time!
Ages vary depending on class. Many classes take place on days when school is out of session.
Registration required. Call 502-564-1792 or email to book your spot today.
Cost: See individual listings.

Classes begin by checking in your child at the front desk of the Kentucky History Center.

Classes are subject to cancellation based on number of registrants.

Family Workshops

These interactive, hands-on workshops are for your whole family to enjoy. We explore a new topic each month, examining artifacts, images and documents from KHS collections to learn what they reveal about Kentucky history.
Craft projects let participants build new skills and take their learning home with them. Ideal for homeschool families and groups!
Activities are best for ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome.
Registration required no later than three days before the class. Space is limited. Call 502-564-1792 or email to book your spot today.
Cost: See each event listing.

Classes are subject to cancellation based on number of registrants.

Little Historians

Little Historians investigate the lives, customs and beliefs of people who have called Kentucky home throughout its rich history. Museum educators use artifacts and images in our collections to challenge your Little Historian to explore, think and create. Hands-on activities help your child develop skills that are critical to classroom success and becoming a lifelong lover of history.
Ideal for ages 3-5.
Registration recommended because of limited space. Call 502-564-1792 or email to book your spot today.
Cost: Pre-register for the special price of $5 per child plus one parent. Regular museum admission applies to walk-ins. Free for KHS members.
Classes begin by checking in your child at the front desk of the Kentucky History Center.


Our scouting programs allow Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to explore hands-on history and express their creativity all while earning a badge to take home at the end of the day. Our programs cover a wide range of themes including historic crafts, visual arts, performing arts, family history, games, communication, music, STEAM, and more!

We offer an extensive variety of private workshops for all levels of scouts. See our current offerings below. We can also customize your experience based on your troop’s needs.

Private Workshops

Girl Scouts

  • Brownies: Painting, Celebrating Community, Making Games, Inventor, Senses, Dancer, My Family Story
  • Juniors: Drawing, Inside Government, Jeweler, Playing the Past, Digital Photographer, Gardener, Detective, Musician
  • Cadettes: Book Artist, Special Agent, Public Speaker

KHS has also partnered with Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road to offer regularly scheduled badge workshops and Campout at the Museum overnight events for Girl Scouts. Information and registration for these regularly scheduled programs is available through your council’s website.

 Cub Scouts

  • Tigers: My Tiger Jungle, Curiosity Intrigue & Magical Mysteries, Family Stories, Stories in Shapes, Tiger-iffic!, Tiger Tales, Tiger Theater
  • Wolves: Howling at the Moon, Adventures in Coins, Code of the Wolf, Collections & Hobbies, Cubs Who Care, Grow Something
  • Bears: Paws for Action, Beat of the Drum, Marble Madness, Roaring Laughter
  • Webelos/AOL: Art Explosion, Game Design, Looking Back Looking Forward, Maestro!, Moviemaking

 Scouts BSA (partial requirements met)

American Cultures, American Heritage, Archaeology, Architecture, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Collections, Genealogy, Indian Lore, Inventing, Music, Reading


Cost: Prices vary from $10-$15 per participant depending on workshop. Cost includes admission and patches. Call (502) 782-8085 or email Julie Sawnor for additional information.

Camp ArtyFact

Make, play, and investigate your way through history with Camp ArtyFact, our signature series of programs for youth ages 5-12. Participants explore all corners of KHS exhibits, meet special guest speakers, collaborate with new friends, create art inspired by history, and engage in hands-on games and activities during our camps.  With small class sizes, quality supplies, and top-notch teachers, we guarantee campers will have a great time learning about Kentucky history!

Camp ArtyFact is available in weekly half-day sessions during Franklin County’s fall, spring, and summer breaks. Morning camps are offered from 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon camps run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We also offer extended day options for families who need care beyond our regular camp hours.

More information here.

Please direct all questions about camp to Julie Sawnor, Camp Coordinator.

Registration is required for all camps due to limited space. Fall Camp 2019 registration is open.