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Kids + Families

Family Workshops,
and Tools for Looking
are supported by:

The Art Gallery of Hamilton gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Hamilton, Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts.

Kindly note:
For all workshops and classes, kids should wear paint-friendly clothes and bring their own peanut-free snack and a drink.

Family Fun Days

Photos: Mike Lalich
















The last Sunday of each month is full of fun and family-friendly art-making activities inspired
by AGH Exhibitions or the season. Enjoy a different theme and new activity each month as
Artist-instructors bring their expertise to each project! Arrive early as spaces is limited.

Family-Time Tours 1pm - 1:25pm
In these mini-tours, our expert Artist-instructors will show your children (and you!) how to look
carefully, think creatively and really get to know ART! Meet in the lobby before 1pm. Included with FFD admission.

Hands-On Art Making Fun
Drop-in between 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Every Family Fun Day is accompanied by a drop in session of art making fun! Space is limited.
Be sure to wear messy clothing!

August 28, 2016: Sand and Sea (Special performance by Ben Bowen at 3pm)
September 25, 2016: Fall Colours
October 30, 2016: Haunted Halloween

AGH Members: Free
Non-Members: $5 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children)

Registration is not required. Space is limited, so arrive early.
Gallery Level 1 exhibition entry is not included.

Funding for Family Fun Days is provided by ArcelorMittal Dofasco's Corporate Community Investment Fund.


Weekend Workshops

Photos: Mike Lalich

As part of our Summer Arts Festival, join one of our drop-in studio activities for the whole family
happening every Saturday and statutory holiday between Canada Day and Labour Day. 
Exciting new projects each session will bring out the artists in everyone. Parents are asked to stay
with their children.

July 1 (Canada Day), 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,
August 1 (Civic Holiday), 6, 13, 20, 27,
September 3, 5 (Labour Day)

Drop-in between 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Free Admission.
Gallery Level 1 exhibition entry is not included.

Made possible by: 



Summer Camp 2016

Photos: Mike Lalich















Arts Alive Summer Camp | Registration Now Closed

 Week 1  An Artistic Journey: July 18 - 22

 Week 2  Into the Wild: July 25 - 29

 Week 3  Colour, Line & Shape: August 15 - 19

 Week 4  Exploring Form: August 22 - 26

Junior: Ages 4-6 (must have been enrolled in a kindergarten program in 2015/2016)
Intermediate: Ages 7-9
Senior: Ages 10-12

Be inspired by the summer’s exhibitions and discover your artistic talents.  Each week will focus on different art forms and ideas, so campers can enjoy one week or all four, with new activities each session.         


The Art Express Summer Camp | Registration Now Closed

August 8 - 12 - Suitable for Ages 12+

Our more experienced artists will combine hands-on studio activities with opportunities to explore art techniques and styles and fun ways to share those ideas with others. 


Camp Sessions: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (morning drop-off starts at 8:30 a.m.).
Supervised Lunch: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Extended Care:After camp care available 4:00 to 5:30 - $5.00 / day

AGH Members:
1 week - $170
2 weeks - $310
3 weeks - $435
4 weeks - $550
5 weeks - $680

1 week - $200
2 weeks - $360
3 weeks - $510
4 weeks - $640
5 weeks - $800

Download the 'Summer Camp Welcome Pack' here.


Destination AGH

Photo: Mike Lalich Calling all Day Care Centres, Girl Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Scouts! Destination AGH offers groups of 15 to 60 children the chance to see fabulous international artwork and create masterpieces of their own.

This interactive 90 minute program is available evenings throughout the year, 6:30 to 8:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

$7.00 per child for groups of 15 - 60 kids.

To register or for more information about Destination AGH, please contact Brigitte by email email or call 905-527-6610, ext. 272.



Birthday Parties for Kids!

Celebrate Birthdays at the AGH
Enjoy a unique way to celebrate your child’s Birthday, at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. We will supply the space, the food, and activities; you bring the cake, the children and their creativity. A unique party that will engage your child’s imagination!

Party Agenda ~
1:00 pm - Arrival
1:20 pm - Food Served in the Horse and Train Bistro
1:30 pm - Gallery Tour and activities
2:00 pm - Workshop in Studio
3:00 pm - Gift opening or family activities
3:30 pm - Departure

Children’s Workshops ~ (please choose one workshop per party)
Printmaking: Have fun while learning the art of printmaking.
Party Portraits: Children will use their imagination to create their own self portraits inspired by the art in the Gallery or the interest of the guests.
Paper Collage: Discover the art of collage with this fun workshop. Cutting and pasting will never be the same.

Lunch Menu ~
Individual portioned vegetarian, or cheese and pepperoni pizza; potato chips; apple and orange juices.
*Birthday Cake – Supplied and served by parents: plates and forks will be supplied by the Horse and Train Bistro.

 Children Workshops  $12.50 per child (minimum of 10 children)
 Food Service  $9.00 per child (inclusive of taxes)

Call us at 905-527-6610 ext. 272. Also, ask us about gift ideas available from the Shop at AGH.





The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Children's Art Site

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The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Children's Art Site

The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Children's Art Site is open to provide you and your children with a place to rest and engage in educational activities about art at the AGH.





Tools for Looking

Visiting the Gallery with your family? A variety of tools are available to help your children learn and enjoy their visit.

Activity Kits are filled with drawing, writing and thinking questions to work on in the Gallery or at home. Also available in French!
Discovery Kits contain a number of objects that children can touch during their Gallery visit, as well as some 'thinking questions' for you to discuss together.

Ask for your own Activity Book and borrow a Discovery Kit at the Visitor Services Desk when you arrive. All of these resources are available free of charge.

Tools for looking are made possible by: