Heart for Art

On exhibit June 20 – August 30, 2020 in the George W. Jenkins Student Gallery. Artwork by Polk County Students Grades K through 12 The museum hosts several exhibitions per year in the George Jenkins Gallery that feature artwork by Polk County School District students. From each of these exhibitions, one piece is purchased by the Museum […]

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr.

June 5-7. Friday 6:30pm, Saturday 10:30am & 6:30pm, Sunday 2pm. Features the beloved classic songs, “When You Wish upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar® winner and Grammy® Award winner, Stephen Schwartz..

Creative Youth

On exhibit March 28 – April 26, 2020 in the George W. Jenkins Student Gallery, Reception/Award Ceremony: Saturday, April 18 at 11 am This annual exhibition is a juried competition for 15th Congressional District high school art students. The winning Congressional Award from this competition, chosen by 15th Congressional District Representative, travels to Washington, D.C. to be […]


Calling all super heroes, princesses, firefighters, and cardboard robots! KidCon is a day to come play in your favorite costume from 9am-4pm on March 21. General admission $9, and members are free.

Erin Go Brough

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, explore and learn about Irish heritage through food and the arts on March 14 from 1-4pm. General admission $9, and members are free.

Family Valentine’s Day Dance

Shake, twist, dab, and more at this family dance. Crafts and snacks available all evening. Check Explorations V website for ticket information.

African American Heritage Celebration

February 8 from 1-4pm. This annual celebration of African American Heritage features top entertainers and artists from Central Florida’s African American community. General admission $9, and members are free.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Explorations V celebrates Chinese New Year from 1-4pm on Saturday, February 1. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with fun activity tables lead by the Museum’s Chinese Family Ambassadors. General admission $9, members are free. FYI – The actual date of Chinese New Year in 2019 is January 25.

International School Day of Peace and Non-Violence

Join families from around the world in taking a peace pledge. General admission $9, and members are free.

Squish, Pound, & Play

Wednesdays, 4pm. Sensory learning is in full swing as you squish, pound, and play with interesting textures. Not just with your hands, either. Explorations V Children’s Museum programs are designed to focus on a particular learning style and/or developmental level and have fun themes that rotate monthly. Explorations V Children’s Museum delivers educator-directed programming daily […]

Polk Arts Alliance

PO Box 727 Bartow, FL 33831-0727 director@polkarts.org (863) 804-0494