Haring Kids



Fun activities let kids interact with artist's bold images.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Keith Haring’s commitment to children is evident throughout the site and sends a positive message about sharing, supporting, and creating art. Visitors will feel encouraged to share their artistic messages.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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There is no advertising on this site, nor is there an overt message about available Haring products (books, greeting cards, etc.). The address of the Keith Haring Pop Shop is available in the parent/teacher section of the site in case a school or a household wishes to buy Haring materials, but it’s not a clickable link.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The Keith Haring Foundation is devoted to protecting the privacy of their young visitors. No information is collected, and the only time they utilize email addresses is when they are voluntarily sent with art or story submissions -- and they are only used to contact kids, parents or teachers if there are questions about their submitted work.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this interactive and educational Web site is a colorful and creative place for kids to learn more about the iconic artist Keith Haring, who was devoted to children. Colorful art covers every page of the site, and visitors are encouraged to interact with the pages and the art through activities, storytelling, and games. A simply written, kid-friendly biography of the late artist (who died of AIDS in 1990) details his life, his rise to fame, and the many charitable acts he performed as an artist.

Is it any good?


Artist Keith Haring not only left a legacy of funky pop art, he left his mark on children by teaching them to paint large murals and have fun with art. The Keith Haring Foundation was established in 1989 to assist AIDS-related and children’s charities, and this site was borne from their efforts. Safe, colorful and creative, there are myriad activities for kids to learn about Haring and discover or interact with his family-friendly art, including coloring pages (to print or color on screen), screensavers, and e-cards. Bold, bright and cheerful, Haring’s art appeals to kids of all ages.

Online interaction: Users can submit their own artwork and/or provide stories to accompany some existing Haring art. There is no user-to-user contact on the site.

Families can talk about...

  • How the Internet makes art accessible to so many. What would Haring and other late artists think about being able to share their art through the Web. Would they have liked it? Would Haring have branched out to other media and created digital art?

  • The impact art has on kids. What effect do you think Haring’s bright-colored murals had on young children in hospitals? How does this site and the Keith Haring Foundation extend the work Haring started?

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Teen, 16 years old Written byhamstergurl09 December 12, 2010

An Excellent Way To Expose Children to Keith Haring Artwork

I was exposed to Keith Haring's artwork at the tender age of 6. My mother had a book of his art which I would look through over and over and over again. I still do now, only now I actually read the words and not just look at the pictures. This book may have not been the best way to show Keith Haring's work to me, though, because there were illustrations of male genitalia and I was a six year old girl. This website was specially designed for kids, so none of Keith Haring's "inappropriate" art is displayed. The content is cute and fun. It inspires kids to use their imagination. Keith Haring loved children, and I'm sure he would've found this website to be perfect if he were alive today.
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Parent of a 6 and 9 year old Written by414lat September 21, 2009

Know your child

I think the interactive art is great for kids. And the evidence of Haring's commitment to children and how he turned his life around after drugs is uplifting. But I feel that someone's sexual preferences one way or the other is an adult agenda and shouldn't be on a children's website.
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Too much sex
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old September 25, 2009

It's okay...

I think it is okay. The reason? It has kind of childish games like hangman, and I want fun and exciting games, like car chasing and stuff. I saw the e-cards, and they don't really make sense to me.


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