Visiting the AGH with your family? AGH Visitor Services has a variety of tools available free of charge to help your children learn and enjoy their visit!
Activity Books: are filled with drawing, writing and thinking questions to work on in the Gallery or at home.
Discovery Kits: are handy bags full of things to touch and games to play while you look at the art on display.
Interpretive Centres: offer detailed information to inspire and enlighten visitors of all ages throughout the exhibitions.
Family Workshops, Performances, 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
The last Sunday of each month is full of fun, family-friendly art-making activities inspired by AGH Exhibitions or the season. Children can make masterpieces from a different theme and a new activity each month as Artist-instructors bring their expertise to each project! Pre-registration is not required. Please visit AGH Visitor Services upon arrival to receive your stickers for all Family Workshops. Please arrive early as spaces may be limited.
From 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm. In these 30-minute mini-tours, our experts will show your children (and you!) new ways to look at art. Please Gather in the lobby before 1:00 pm. Included with FFD admission.
Details Last Sundays of the month Activities - 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
AGH Members FREE | Non-Members $5 per family (up to 4 children) Family Fun Day fees do not include Gallery Level One admission.
2013 Family Fun Day Activities: April 28 - Clay Creations,
May 26 - Paintings that Glow,
June 30 - Printmaking,
July 28 - Watercolour Painting,
August 25 - Art & Sports,
September 29 - Acrylic Painting,
October 27 - Haunted Halloween,
November 24 - Annual Family Day,
December 29 - Snow Globes.
Funding for Family Fun Days is provided by ArcelorMittal Dofasco's Corporate Community Investment Fund.
Celebrate Summer Family Performances
After your Family Fun Day activities on Sunday, June 30, July 28 and August 25, why not stay to enjoy a family-friendly performance at 3:00 pm? Each month will feature a new children’s performer, stay tuned for details!
Dates Sundays: June 30, July 28 and August 25 at 3:00 pm
AGH Members FREE | Non-Members $5 per family (up to 4 children) Fees do not include Gallery Level One admission.
Starting July 1, drop in between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm every Saturday and holiday Monday (Victoria Day, May 20; Canada Day, July 1; Civic Holiday, August 5; Labour Day, September 2) for hands-on studio activities. Each session will feature a new activity.
Dates July 1, 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 5, 10, 17, 24, 31, September 2, between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
AGH Members FREE Non-Members $5 per family (up to 4 children) Fees do not include Gallery Level One admission.
At AGH Camps, children explore the exciting and sometimes surprising things that happen in the world of art, through hands-on art-making and gallery exploration. Our new programme provides fun and educational activities for children ages 5 and up on school holidays and P.D. Days – half days or full days available.
Dates Monday, June 3 and Friday, June 28
Time Morning: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Afternoon: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Supervised Lunch: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm BYOL: Bring your own lunch [nut-free]
Price AGH Members: Half day $16 / Full day $30 Non-Members: Half day $20 / Full day $36
Pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited, please register early.*
*Kindly complete form and return immediately, via fax (905-577-6940), email or mail form to: Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. West, Hamilton L8P 4S8. Contact the AGH Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-527-6610 ext. 272.
ARTS ALIVE Summer Camp July 15 - 19: It's a Small World
July 22 - 26: The Artist's Life
July 29 - August 2: Let's Play with Art
In three week-long Art Camps that take inspiration from the summer’s theme of The World at Play, campers will discover a variety of art forms and techniques, through hands-on art-making and Gallery exploration. Historic and contemporary art will inspire and engage students with a variety of activities. Each week will focus on different art forms and ideas, so campers can enjoy one week or all three, with new activities each session.
Junior: ages 5 to 6
Intermediate: ages 7 to 9
Senior: ages 10 and up
Fully supervised lunch hour, BYOL: Bring your own lunch. *Due to the increasing number of allergies and dietary restrictions found in our campers, the AGH will no longer be able to provide snacks during camp programmes. Please pack a nut-free lunch and two snacks (AM and PM) for your child each day.
THE ART EXPRESS Summer Camp August 12 - 16 (Suitable for ages 12 and up)
In a week-long programme, young artists will combine hands-on studio activities with opportunities to learn more about art techniques and styles and fun ways to share those ideas with others. Students will choose a favourite artist or art work in the Gallery and will spend time learning about it. As a class, they will explore the art techniques used by each artist, learning new things each day.
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Morning drop-off begins at 8:30 am.
Extended Care: After camp care available 4:00 to 5:30 pm @ $5.00/day
Location: Classes take place in the Community Gallery and the Studio.
Pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited, please register early.*
*Kindly complete form and return immediately, via fax (905-577-6940), email or mail to: Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. West, Hamilton L8P 4S8. Contact the AGH Educator at email@example.com or call 905-527-6610 ext. 272.
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 programme is available evenings throughout the year, 6:30 to 8:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Destination AGH fees $7.00 per child for groups of 16-30.
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 Café at AGH
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 Café at AGH.
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.