Art Gallery of Alberta

Family Activities

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

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.


March 19

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.

March 26

Printmaking

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.

April 2

Art Installations

Explore Andrew Frosst’s installation, Instinctive Break, and find out more about this art form. Can we make our own installation in the atrium? Look, learn and create using this fun and interactive way of creating a collaborative project in the Gallery!

April 9

Landscape Explorers

Study background, mid-ground and foreground in the landscape paintings of Lawren Harris and A.Y Jackson in our newest exhibition Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper / Robson, 1924. Create a small watercolour painting to take home with you.

April 16

3D Art

Learn all about sculptures in this 3D adventure! Discover how artists use shapes and textures to make sculptures, and then create your own sculpture in the atrium.

April 23

Organic vs. Geometric

What is the difference between organic and geometric shapes? What kinds of shapes can we find at the AGA? Careful observation will lead us through current exhibitions and the building before creating shape-inspired artwork!

April 30

Play on Architecture

Listen to the story of how the design and architecture of the AGA came to be; then let the art of the building motivate you to create and design a building of your own!

May 7

Mother’s Day at your AGA

Mother’s Day is almost here! Let’s celebrate this special day by learning about and creating your own environmental art using recycled materials! Mother Nature would be proud!

May 14

Art Moves

Discover art through movement activities! Movement, action and motion are all part of this Gallery exploration. Dance in the atrium, move through exhibitions and pose on the terrace!

May 21

Alberta Artists

Explore our brand new exhibition 90 Artists/ 90 Years and discover what inspires Alberta artists from the past and present. What do you notice? What is the same? What is different? What inspires you?

May 28

Story Time!

Searching for clues, telling tall tales and puppet making are all part of today’s Story Time at the AGA. Listen to stories in the Gallery, and then create your own puppet characters in the atrium.

June 4

Science and Nature

This is our last look at Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature. Today we explore the influences and relationship between art, science and nature. Visit and play before creating your very own science-inspired artwork.

June 11

Sculpture

Learn about this 3D art form both in the Gallery and in the studio! Explore how artists use shapes and textures to complete their creations. Pretend your job is to create the next sculpture for the AGA, what will you build? What will you name it?

June 18

Summer Time at your AGA

Explore the various seasons depicted in the art around you! What do we know about summer and how it feels, sounds, smells and looks? Let the seasons inspire your art project.

June 25

1,2,3, Count with me!

Discover numbers in art and learn how math and art connect. Investigate art and architecture through counting, patterns and ordering while learning the art of numbers.

 

 

 

 

BMO All Day Sundays

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!


April 27

Rocky Mountain Adventures

What does it mean to document something? Take a closer look at different ways artists from the past have captured our environment and our home in Jasper/Robson, featuring Lawren Harris and AY Jackson, and High Adventure: Byron Harmon in the Columbia Icefield, 1924. Then draw, paint and create your own unique point of view.

May 18

Time Travellers

One may be the loneliest number but 90 is not! Visit our exhibition 90 X 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta, and discover art made by Alberta artists from the past and the present. Inspired by time, experiment with materials as you map out your own timeline using mixed media, construct a time capsule and create a stop-motion video just for fun!

June 22

Art in the Clouds

Explore expansive spaces, billowing forms and soft edges inspired by the RBC New Work Gallery’s feature artist Alma Louise Visscher. Play with fabric to create a soft sculpture, wrap yarn around everyday objects to create a collaborative installation and paint with watercolour to create a muted image.

July 27

The World of Boo

Take a trip through the prairie landscape with Boo as your guide. Make up stories to share with your friends, create your own zine and alter a book. For this very special All Day Sunday, the AGA celebrates the opening the brand new exhibition in the BMO World of Creativity¬—The World of Boo—designed by Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan.

August 17

You’re Invited to a Party…

A birthday party! Join us as we celebrate our 90th birthday with cupcakes, balloons and more! Take part in some of your favourite party games, play with art materials and leave a special message for your AGA!


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Birthday Parties

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!


Program Cost

$160 / $144 AGA Members (plus GST)
Program cost includes a group of up to 15 children and 4 supervising adults
$9/person thereafter

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)


Project Options

Choose from one of the options below for your Birthday Party program.

1. Colour Party!

Ages 4+

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

Ages 4+

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

Ages 6+

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

Ages 6+

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.


Program Booking

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

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.

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