Family activities at the AGA provide opportunities for families to connect to exhibitions through exploratory programs focused on play, hands-on art-making and exciting in-gallery experiences.
Tours for Tots
Drop-in Wednesday mornings for these family fun adventures with art! Visits include Gallery explorations, art-making, story-telling, and more! Each Art Adventure has a different theme related to current exhibitions and promotes early childhood learning skills such as literacy, numeracy, community awareness and creative expression.
For families and kids aged 3-5
Wednesdays, 10-11 am
Free with Gallery admission
Please note that the Tours for Tots program is designed for children aged 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Day care and other community groups can book a School Program here.
Culture, Art and Stories
How does culture influence art and artists? What kind of culture or traditions do you know? Look, learn and share stories about artworks in the Gallery to determine how they might relate to you and your own culture and traditions.
Come and spend the hour creating and experiencing a variety of techniques and materials in this studio-based program. Get ready to get messy as we play and explore—just in time for the holidays! Our first look at Of Heaven and Earth is sure to inspire!
It’s a brand new year and a great time to talk about art from the past and present. What are the differences? What do you like about each? Come to the AGA to look at what’s old and what’s new; then make some art of your own! Also, it’s our last look at The Intellection of Lady Spider House—one final chance to spook your senses!
Artist as Storyteller
What is a story? How are artists inspired by stories when creating art? Listen to stories, share a few of your own and then look and learn how the Inuit have recorded some of their stories in our exhibition Angakkuq: Between Two Worlds; Spiritual and Mythological Figures in Inuit and Inuvialuit Art. What story will you depict?
Art and Culture
Explore the new exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums—where did these historical paintings come from? How does culture influence art and artists? What kind of culture and traditions do you know? Look, learn and then make your own artwork in the atrium.
Come and explore a variety of techniques and materials in this studio-focused visit to the Gallery! Spend the hour using your imagination to make and create!
Learn all about sculptures in this 3-D adventure! Explore how artists use shapes and textures to create sculptures. One last look at Angakkuq: Between Two Worlds; Spiritual and Mythological Figures in Inuit and Inuvialuit Art will inspire our own sculptural designs.
Its story time at the AGA! Use your imagination to create stories about artworks in the Gallery and how they relate to our own lives. Be inspired by love in CHAGALL: Daphnis & Chloé, and then create your own love story just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Movement and Rhythm
How can art have movement and rhythm? Discover the elements of art in nature and our world around us. Learn about, move and sound like organic lines and shapes! What can you create using rhythm and repetition?
Art Detective Challenge
Become an Art Detective for this exploratory visit. Search for shapes, lines and colours to solve the mystery. Equipped with magnifying glasses, we’ll search and record all our scientific findings!
People in Art
Play a part and act like the people we see in art! Who can we find? Are these the people we see every day in our own community or are they famous faces? Learn about character, setting and plot and how art can play a part too!
Patterns and Textures
Patterns and textures are all around us. What kind of patterns can you find? What does texture feel like when you can’t touch? Using our senses will be key to learning about the art in the Gallery and all around us.
Animals in Art
Our first look at the brand new exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature will be the inspiration for today’s Gallery visit. The zoo didn’t come to the AGA, but there are many animals to be seen and found! Can you move like some of the animals we find? Come play and create during this interactive visit.
Join us for a first look at a new exhibition all about prints and printmaking. Thomas Bewick: Imagination Field Guide will be our inspiration for learning about printmaking. Why do artists make prints? How do they do it? Look and learn in the Gallery, and then finish by making a print of your own.
BMO All Day Sundays
Art activities for all ages
Activities | 12-4 pm
Family Fun Tour | 2 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
BMO All Day Sundays at your AGA feature an afternoon packed full of engaging art-making and exploration! With exciting programs and projects that tie into our current exhibitions, guests of all ages are encouraged to join in and have fun!
Experiment with found objects at the first BMO All Day Sunday of the fall season! Taking inspiration from the exhibition The Intellection of Lady Spider House, we invite you to make a sculpture from found objects, create a creepy collage and add to a collaborative Lego House display.
Also on September 15: Conversation with the Artist: Megan Morman
Learn more about the new exhibition Angakkuq: Between Two Worlds at this BMO All Day Sunday. Take part in an interactive story circle that ends in a fun book binding session! Explore different art-making techniques including printmaking and subtractive sculpture.
Featuring: Soapstone carving with local artist Loretta Kyle.
Stop by the Gallery at 1 pm to learn basic soapstone carving techniques with local artist Loretta Kyle. Taking advantage of this unique art-making opportunity, participants can experiment with actual soapstone, carving materials and tools.
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Test out the different artistic styles that artist Marc Chagall was known for. Looking to the bright colours in the exhibition CHAGALL: Daphnis & Chloe, create works of art using oil pastels and different types of paints. Have fun with light by making a one-of-a-kind stained glass hanging.
Bring your game face to the last BMO All Day Sunday of the season! Influenced by Megan Morman’s Manning Hall installation, Now You See It, we have lots of activities and games ready for you to enjoy! Take part in game-inspired art projects, multi-media Pictionary and much more!
Featuring Special Visit by the EPL!
Stop by this BMO All Day Sunday and take in a lively story circle with the Edmonton Public Library! Drop in at 12:30 pm to check out what the EPL has in store!
AGA Birthday Parties
The Art Gallery of Alberta offers birthday parties for children aged four years and up. Party bookings are available on weekends and include a Gallery exploration, exciting studio project and time for birthday fun in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education!
$160 / $144 AGA Members (plus GST)
Program cost includes a group of up to 15 children and 4 supervising adults
This 2 hour program includes:
- A Gallery Educator to lead your program
- A 20-30 Minutes Gallery tour of exhibitions connected to your studio project
- A studio art project to take home (see below for project options)
- Time for birthday festivities (Gifts, snacks, cake, etc…)
- Full use of a studio space for 2 hours
- Access to a fridge and limited storage space
The AGA does not provide catering services but parties are welcome to bring their own refreshments. Up to 4 supervising adults are free with your program cost (but expected to supervise!)
Is 2 hours just not enough time? The studio space can be rented for an additional $60/hour. Your Gallery Educator will remain with your group to assist you for this time.
Still have questions? Download our Birthday Party FAQ here: Birthday Party FAQ (PDF)
Choose from one of the options below for your Birthday Party program.
1. Colour Party!
Play with painting and music in this project! Explore the Gallery to find out how artists use colour to create moods, and then experiment with colour mixing to create your own abstract painting while listening to different moods in music. Together, all the paintings will create a colourful mural!
2. Play on Architecture
Explore the architecture of the AGA from the inside out with storytelling, Gallery activities and building exercises! In the studio, create a 3-D architectural sculpture from wood blocks, and then paint your creation.
3. Print and Play
Experiment with print making in this creative project! A short, interactive Gallery tour will investigate how stories are told through art. We will then create our own prints inspired by AGA exhibitions using various techniques!
4. My Place
Explore our own place in the world through storytelling, Gallery explorations and a mixed-media sculpture project! Investigate the basic elements of landscape art, and visit Gallery spaces to discover how artists tell stories about ‘places’ in their artwork! In the studio, work with a variety of materials to build a relief sculpture based on a place that is important to you.
To book a birthday party, please fill out the online booking form. Any cancellations or changes to your booking(s) must be made within one week of your party booking. Failure to do so will result in a $35 cancellation fee.
New! Printable invites from your AGA: Download invites (PDF)
BMO World of Creativity
The BMO World of Creativity is an interactive, hands-on space where children and their grown-ups can explore their creativity. BMO World of Creativity exhibitions and themes change from year-to-year.