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.
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.
What’s a landscape? What elements must a landscape have? Discover the work of Tyler Los Jones, and then surprise yourself by creating your own landscape in 3D!
Discover the highlights of our newest exhibition Illuminations: Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections and choose a favorite from the cast of characters on display. Join your friends in our theatre and play with light, shadow, and dramatic movement.
Become an official photographer of the AGA for a day, and experiment with composition and framing to take your best picture. Next, transform your image, through addition and subtraction to create a one-of-a kind masterpiece.
Put on your explorer hat and adventure boots!! Our mission, to venture into the magic realm of Presto Lumo! Look for clues and discover optical illusions and hidden gems; save some energy to make artwork featuring special visual effects!
I heart flag art
What makes a well-designed flag? Discover the elements you need while exploring our exhibit featuring Canadian artist Jack Bush. Can you find the flag inspired works? Using the materials provided, sew your own flag project!
Gather around the work of Geoffrey Farmer in the Double Bind. Listen to stories and develop your own, then show the world who you are by designing your “celebration pole”.
Design Me a Boat
Be inspired by design thinking and creative solutions in our exhibition Charrette Roulette. Challenge yourself to design a boat that can float in the wading pool at City Hall! Be ready for the final test!
Explore the AGA up and down, this way and that. Record as much textures as you can find throughout the building. Then head down to the studio and discover the magic of clay.
Let’s wrap up the summer with a special collaborative project! Work as a group to create a unique installation made of summer materials and colours. Invite your friends to view the work for the month of September in the TD Education Gallery.
Light & Shadow Prints
With magnifying glasses in hand, search the print works in Illuminations: Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections, for a variety of marks. Look closely to discover how these marks working together to make light and shadow. Apply your discoveries in studio using printmaking techniques.
Step inside Presto Lumo and discover how art and math connect. Count, search and discover how patterns are made and then create a crazy pattern that tricks the eye!
Ultimate Colour Recipe
Investigate how artists use colour in its many forms in our newest exhibition featuring Alberta artist Chris Cran. Can you find a shade of grey! What about a tint of blue? Be inspired by what you find and then use colour and oil pastels as ingredients to develop a special colour recipe!
Search for lines in our exhibition The Double Bind. What do you notice about the lines that you find? Can lines communicate feelings? Move like your favorite line to find out and then experiment with drawing materials to capture the mood of the day!
BMO All Day Sundays
Art activities for all ages
Activities | 12-4 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!
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!
May 24 | Design Olympics
Explore our exhibition Charrette Roulette: Exposed Collaborative Design Practices, then work together as a team to solve a series of design challenges. Work with the AGA Educators and a variety of media and materials to build a prototype of your favorite solution!
June 28 | Abstract Adventures
What is abstract art? Join us on an art adventure inspired by Canadian artist Jack Bush to find out! Begin your adventure with a scavenger hunt in Gallery then play with paint, collage and marble some paper creating your own abstract images!
July 26 | Art and Magic
Presto Lumo! Discover the magic of art as we open our newest exhibition in the BMO World of Creativity, designed by the creative team at Edmonton Digital Art College. During this special All Day Sunday, enjoy refreshments while exploring the new space, making connections to art and science and creating art inspired by colour, perspective and more!
August 23 | Shadow Theatre
Discover how artists utilize light and shadow to create dramatic artworks in our exhibition Illuminations: Italian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections. In the atrium, participate in theatre games and art activities to develop a dramatic narrative on the subject of our contemporary world.
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)