Art opportunities for kids in Kansas City

From choir to DIY studios, it’s best to start them young.


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We have told you about a plethora of artistic opportunities for adults in KC. From community theater to local choirs + art studios, we have you covered. Today, we’re shifting gears to our city’s future: the kids.

There is no lack of exposure to the arts for kiddos in KC — let us paint you a picture.

Performance opportunities

Theater for Young America | This organization introduces kids to the world of theater + offers an accessible and inclusive experience for all.

KC SuperStar | The high school singing competition gives out $22,000+ in scholarships to 10 finalists “American Idol” style.

Allegro KC | This group is all about enriching the lives of young vocalists through choral education and live performances.

Children’s Performing Theatre of Independence, MO | Kiddos ages 5-15 can participate in a variety of plays, like “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Stage Right Performing Arts | From show choirs to musicals and even summer camps, this organization is a one-stop shop for your arts-loving little one.

Educational programs + camps

Lyric Opera KC | The education and community engagement is abundant at the Lyric Opera with productions for kids like “Listen, Wilhelmina!” — an interactive children’s opera told from the perspective of three wombats exploring the art form.

JCCC Youth Enrichment Program | Children in grades 3-12 can explore outside their normal classroom curriculum with classes like “Music Technology,” “Pencils to Paintbrushes,” and “Illustrator 101.”

Kansas City Young Audiences | From visiting schools to hosting various art classes + camps at the Midtown facility, KCYA has your kiddo covered.

Storybook Theatre | Kids ages 4-18 can grow up with monologue classes, one act productions, and various summer camps here.

Shining Stars | This one’s for the littles. These weekly preschool classes encourage creative dramatic play from the start.

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