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.
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!
Curtain Call for Lady Spider House
Join us in our last adventure through The Intellection of Lady Spider House, our exhibition that features a dimly lit, maze-like space to explore. Learn about different elements of the theatre like plot, character and mood before creating your own theatrical production through mask making and puppets. Then construct a theatre set to complete your story.
Also featuring: Intro to Improv with Rapid Fire Theatre
Free with Gallery Admission
*Maximum 20 people*
Come experience the thrill of making things up on the spot! Joleen Ballendine of Rapid Fire Theatre will lead you in an interactive theatre workshop on the basics of improvisation; saying yes, having fun and telling great stories. Take a risk; you might just surprise yourself!
From Chagall with Love
Love is in the air and we can’t take our eyes off of Chagall’s illustrations of Daphnis and Chloé, a tale of true love created in 2nd century CE. Delve into this colourful world before creating your own love-inspired artist trading cards. Experiment with one-of-a-kind printmaking and build clay sculptures in the name of love!
Natural History at the AGA
Nature has always held an interest for artists; visit our current exhibitions Flora and Fauna: 400 years of artists inspired by nature and Thomas Bewick: Imagination Field Guide to discover why! Investigate how artists from the past and present respond to the natural world by making observations in the Gallery and drawing the specimens that you see. Create an artwork using only texture and construct a sculpture using everyday objects.
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.
Also featuring: Bug Room at the AGA!
Free with Gallery Admission
Pete “the Bug Guy” Heule will be showing off some specimens from the Royal Alberta Museum’s Invertebrate Zoology Collection. Preparing specimens involves some special equipment, an understanding of anatomy and a great deal of patience. Come see native and exotic species of insects and other invertebrates and how they are preserved for research, teaching and display. There will even be a live specimen or two to meet!
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.