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

2015 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.

December 2

Play with Shapes

Ready, set, GO! Find as many shapes as you can in the Rough Country exhibit, then roll the dice and discover how many circles, squares, and other shapes you will have to create your masterpiece!

December 9

The Magic of Colour (Studio)

Look at the BMO World of Creativity: Presto Lumo through the colour lenses and see what happens! Learn more about colour mixing and start a hands-on painting experiment.

December 16 

Fibre Art

Explore the new works in Charrette Roulette: Exposed Collaborative Design Practices and check out how fibre is used in art. Connect shape, line, colour and texture to make a unique fiber creation.

BMO All Day Sundays

BMO All Day Sundays

Art activities for all ages
Activities | 12-4 pm

Free with Gallery Admission

BMO All Day Sundays at Your AGA is 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!

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!

December 13 | Extreme Photography

Take a final look at the work A Panorama protects its view by Tyler Los Jones, and then work with the artist to create a one-of-a kind artwork. Tyler will be speaking with our curator Kristy Trinier and sharing information about the creation of his featured work and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artist!

January 24 | Colliding Worlds

Visit our current exhibition The Blur In Between to discover how artists and designers from around the world are re-imagining how they create. Play with typography and paper folding techniques, solve a design problem and create a series of artworks that showcase what art and design mean to you. Local designers from Oliver Apt. will be on-hand to present a workshop.

February 21 | Wayfinding at your AGA

Meander through our newest exhibition featuring iconic artists Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven before settling in to create a collection of artworks inspired by the Canadian wilderness. Learn about wayfinding and cartography (map making), then experiment with acrylic paint, ink, colour, composition and scale to design and record your own surroundings.

March 13 | Frontrunners

Get acquainted with the artists of 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. in the Gallery, and find out about the motivations that brought this group of seven together. Share stories through art mediums including paint, paper marbling and more! Get inspired by this innovative collective to create unique works of art.

April 10 | Art Environments

Meet local printmaker Sean Caufield this Sunday! The artist will be here to chat with our curator Kristy Trinier about his large scale artwork The Flood. Stay for his linocut workshop and learn the basics of relief printing from a pro. We will be finding out about the concepts behind his work, including the impact of technology on our environment and what a sustainable future might look like.

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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

$180 / $144 AGA Members (plus GST)
Program cost includes a group of up to 15 children and 5 supervising adults
$12 / person thereafter
$65 / 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 (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)