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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who make Alberta their home today.

Birthday parties

Child eating cake
Art is better than a goodie bag.

$240/$216 AGA Members (plus GST)
Program cost includes a group of up to 8 children and 3 supervising adults
$60/additional hour

Book your party online

Celebrate your birthday with us! What better way to honour your uniqueness & creativity than a visit to current exhibitions and art-making in our purpose-built studios. Each party culminates in a gallery-wall worthy artwork to take home.

Party Themes

Colour Party (Ages 4+)

Paint, play and dance to music!!  Explore the Gallery’s exhibitions to find out how artists use colour to create moods, and then experiment with colour mixing to create your own abstract artwork. Assemble the paintings to make an expressive mural when viewed together.

Play on Architecture (Ages 4+)

Explore the architecture of the AGA from the inside out with a brief gallery tour before heading to the studio to design, draw and build! Create a 3-D architectural sculpture from wood blocks and then paint your architectural masterpiece.

Creative Creatures (Ages 6+)

Delve into the innovative design and building behaviors of animals in current exhibitions before heading to the studio-maker space to experiment with a range of materials and building techniques. Each party will culminate in a unique creature-inspired structure to take home.

My Place (Ages 6+)

Investigate your place in the world through storytelling, gallery explorations and art-making! In Gallery, 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.

Print & Play (Ages 6+)

Discover how artists communicate stories through art. Visit current exhibitions; learn about the elements of art, a special “alphabet” used by artists; and experiment with printmaking techniques and drawing tools to create a unique story to share with your friends.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What can I expect from a birthday party at the AGA?

AGA Birthday parties are fun-filled, hands-on art experiences for your children and their friends. A three-hour program includes:

  • A Gallery Educator to lead your program.
  • Warm up activities while waiting for guests to arrive.
  • A 20-30-minute Gallery tour of exhibitions connected to your studio project.
  • A studio art project to take home.
  • Time for birthday festivities (gifts, snacks, cake, etc).
  • Full use of a studio space for 3 hours.
  • Access to a fridge and limited storage space.

Your AGA Educator facilitates an exhibition tour and an art project for the birthday party. Parents and grown-ups are responsible for additional activities and games.

Not enough time? The studio space can be rented for an additional $60/hour.

2. What are your COVID-19 protocols?

For the safety of our littlest patrons, we are requesting that all party guests wear a mask during the birthday party, however, masks may be removed to enjoy refreshments. Handwashing, sanitization and physical distancing protocols are also in effect.

3. Is there a limit to how many party guests we can invite?

For the time being, party guests are limited to 8 with 3 supervising adults to allow for physical distancing in the studio. If your numbers are greater than this, we recommend booking an additional program & studio.

4. Where do the parties take place?

All birthday parties begin in our art-making studios located in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education located on the Lower Level of the Art Gallery of Alberta. A short visit to current exhibitions is included as part of the experience.

5. What does the AGA supply?

The AGA supplies all materials related to the program and art project. Additional items including snacks, decorations and any items required for snacks such as plates, cutlery, napkins, drinking glasses and candles are supplied by the host family.

We have created a special series of invitations for your party! Download them from our website at http://www.youraga.ca

6. What kind of snacks are typical during an AGA Birthday Party?

Typical snacks include cake, ice cream and finger foods. There is limited access to a refrigerator and no access to a microwave.

NB: AGA studios are a nut free zone.

7. When is the best time to arrive?

The host family may arrive 15–20 minutes before the start of the party. Prior to that time, access to your party room may be limited if there is another party or class in progress. Your AGA Educator can assist in light party setup if necessary.

Please encourage your guests to arrive a few minutes early as parking can be tricky downtown.

8. Where can I park near the Gallery?

There are several parkades near the Downtown Arts District:

https://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/driving_carpooling/rates-hours-locations.aspx

In addition, there is metered street parking all around the AGA (2-hour limit).

9. Where can I pay my invoice?

Invoices may be paid in advance over the phone or in-person at Guest Services on the main level the day of the booking. Proceed to the Lower Level in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education for setup and party fun.

10. In what ways are the adults expected to supervise?

Up to 5 adults are admitted free of charge and are encouraged to be helpful, positive and proactive in the facilitation of the birthday party experience by assisting all artists, monitoring appropriate behaviour, and respecting AGA art facilities, materials and staff.

11. Additional information

For additional questions or more information, please contact education@youraga.ca

Thank you and enjoy your afternoon with us!

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Admission

AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$10
General admission
$14
Seniors 65+
$10

Location

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1

780.422.6223
info@youraga.ca

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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who make Alberta their home today.