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.
2016 Tours for Tots
Drop in every Wednesday morning for gallery adventures, art making, storytelling and more!
Each week features a new theme and activity related to current exhibitions and aimed at building early childhood learning skills in literacy, numeracy, community awareness and creative expression.
Drop-in explorations for families and kids ages 3-5
Wednesdays, 10-11 am
January 6–December 14
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.
August 03 | Art Experiments
Today is all about exploring, taking risks, and experimenting! What kinds of risks do artists take? What kinds of risks can we take in our own art? How many different ways can you create?
August 10 | Sculptural Shapes
What is the difference between shapes and forms? Hunt for sculptures in the gallery and navigate between two and three dimensions. Today, use forms to create your own sculptures!
August 17 | Creative Collages
Use your imagination to re-create a scene as you would have it. Take something old and make it new again… today, we re-figure found images!
August 24 | Preservation Experimentation
How do artists protect their work? Our current exhibition, The Unvarnished Truth, considers preservation techniques. Let’s do the same! Test out all sorts of different ways to preserve your own art… do they help or ruin it?
August 31 | Moody Masterpieces
Explore the gallery and discover how artists use mood in their artwork. Warm up by trying on a few different moods yourself. Next, we will interpret moods using lines and colour!
Sep 7 | Ready, Art, Action!
Discover how artists capture movement in their art. Action and motion are both part of this gallery exploration as we dance, pose, and act like what we see in the art surrounding us. Create a kinetic sculpture inspired by featured artist Damian Moppett’s installation.
Sep 14 | Under/Over
Visit Unvarnished Truth for the last time and look closely at how artists make changes to their work over time. Apply the same process to your own artwork by adding and subtracting layers with charcoal and paint.
Sep 21 | Studio Exploration
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!
Sep 28 | Drawing Games
Sharpen your pencil and get ready to draw your little heart out! Discover the inspiration behind the drawings in our exhibition Beauty’s Awakening before participating in a series of drawing games. Finish off the day working together on a collaborative portrait.
BMO All Day Sundays
Art activities for all ages
One Sunday per month | 12-4 pm
Free with Gallery Admission
BMO All Day Sundays at your AGA are afternoons packed full of engaging art activities! With exciting programs and projects that tie into current exhibitions, guests of all ages can join in and have fun.
New! During All Day Sundays your AGA’s Terrace Café is offering a special lunch deal. Buy any sandwich and turn it into a combo with a drink and chips or a cookie for only $1 more!
Aug 21 | These Old Dinosaur Bones
Meander through our current exhibition by artists Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla and uncover how and why these artists use artifacts in their contemporary installations. Experiment with texture, scale, paint and clay to create a series of sculptures and add to our community installation. Our friends from the Royal Alberta Museum will be on site with objects from their collection.
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!
$180 / $162 AGA Members (plus GST)
Program cost includes a group of up to 15 children and 5 supervising adults
$12 / person thereafter
$60 / additional hour
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
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)