Child eating cake
Art is better than a goodie bag

$240/$216 AGA Members (plus GST)
Program cost includes a group of up to 15 children and 5 supervising adults
$12/person thereafter
$60/additional hour

Plan fun-filled, hands-on birthday parties for children aged 4+ at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Guests have a chance to explore the Gallery, make an exciting studio project and have some birthday fun in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education!

This 3–hour program includes:

  • A Gallery Educator to lead your program
  • 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

AGA birthday parties can be booked on weekends or weekdays. Up to 5 supervising adults are free with your program cost (and expected to supervise).

Parents and grown-ups are responsible for additional activities and games.

Catering is not included. You’re welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Is 3 hours just not enough time? Book an additional hour for $60. Your Gallery Educator will remain with your group to assist you for this time.

5 Steps to an artful party


1. Pick a project
 

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!

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.

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.

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.

2. Book your birthday party 
 

To book a birthday party online, please fill out the online booking form.

3. Pay
 

You can pay either at the time of booking, or at Member and Guest Services when you arrive for the party.

Any cancellations or changes to your booking(s) must be made within 1 week of your party booking. Failure to do so will result in a $35 cancellation fee.

4. Invite your guests
 

Use our printable invites from your AGA to send to all your guests!

Download invites (PDF)

Please remind your guests to leave themselves time to find parking downtown.

5. Get ready to party
 

Host family: plan to arrive 15–20 minutes before the start of the party. Proceed to the Lower Level in the Singhmar Centre for Art Education for set up and party fun.

Access to your party room may be limited before that time if there is another party or class in progress. Your AGA Educator can assist in light party set up if necessary.

The AGA supplies all materials related to the program and art project.

Bring any desired extras, including:

  • Decorations (note: helium filled balloons are not allowed in the AGA )
  • snacks
  • plates
  • glasses
  • napkins
  • cutlery
  • candles

There is limited access to a refrigerator and no access to a microwave.

Please note that AGA studios are nut-free zones.

For supervising adults, supervision entails providing helpful, positive and pro-active facilitation of the birthday party experience by offering assistance, monitoring appropriate behaviour of party guests and siblings, respecting AGA art facilities, materials and staff.

Additional information

For additional questions or more information, please contact the Education Programs Manager at nicole.reeves@youraga.ca.

Birthday party booking