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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.

A Night at the Gallery

Photos: Mike Lalich

November 3 | 6pm to 9pm

Join us in a very special after-hours family event as the AGH comes alive! Chat with costumed characters as some of our paintings come to life, create your own masterpieces inspired by work on display and take sneak-peek tours of some of the Gallery’s secrets. There will be snacks and activities throughout the evening with a surprise performance at 8pm

Full schedule will be available in October.

Family (2 adults and 4 kids)          AGH Member $26  |  Non-Member $40
Adult single                                     AGH Member $10 |  Non-Member $15
Children single                                AGH Member $4  |  Non-Member $7


AGH Annual Family Day

Photos: Mike Lalich

November 27 | 1pm to 4pm

Celebrating the National Day of the Child, this special open house event welcomes families, and visitors of all ages.  Annual Family Day is an opportunity to explore art, culture, and more.  We will have story time in the galleries, hands-on art-making and a very special musical performance to end the day, all free!

Free Admission thanks to our sponsor:



Family Fun Days

Photos: Mike Lalich
















Join us on the last Sunday of every month for fun, family-friendly mini-tours and hands-on art-making activities inspired by AGH exhibitions. Parents are required to stay with their children throughout tours and art-making activities.

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!

October 30, 2016: Haunted Halloween
November 27: Annual Family Day
December 18: Celebrate the Season

AGH Members: Free | Non-Members: $5 (2 adults and up to 4 children) Registration is not required. Space is limited, 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.



Children's Studio

Photos: Mike Lalich













Arts Stars: Drawing and Painting with Tyler van Holst

Saturdays: September 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29,
November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3
AGH Members $110 | Non-Members $125
Does your child have a special talent for art? This creative program focuses on the development of techniques including watercolour and acrylic, pastels, pencil sketching and more. Materials provided. Participants should bring a nut-free snack and drink.

Morning session: 9:30am to 12pm | Ages 7 to 9
Afternoon session: 1pm to 3:30pm | Ages 10+

Tots and Tours + Masterpiece Me!

Tuesdays: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25
AGH Members $65 | Non-Members $75
Art offers many opportunities for sensory exploration and creative play. In this brand new program for toddlers, ages 12 months to 4 years, parents are invited to share creative experiences together with their children. A short gallery tour (strollers welcome) followed by a story and hands-on exploration will inspire and excite your little one.

>> Still accepting students at a prorated price. Please contact us for details.

10:30am to 11:30pm


Sponsored by:


Art Camps

PD Day Camp
November 4, December 2, January 27, Mar 3, June 9, June 23*, June 30
AGH Members $32 | Non-Members $38
Our camp programs provide fun and educational activities for children ages 4 and up on school PA Days. Each program presents new and challenging art projects for children to explore. Camp session 9am-4pm. Morning drop-off begins at 8:30am. Supervised Lunch 12pm-1pm (Bring your own nut-free lunch, morning snack and afternoon snack, and drink)

* Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

New Year Holiday Camp
January 3, 4, 5, 6, 2017
AGH Members $32 | Non-Members $38 (per day)
After all of the festivities have finished, why not spend a few of your school holidays with the AGH? We have four fun-filled days of art and activities for ages 4 to 12. Come to one or all four, there are different activities each day. Camp session 9am-4pm. Morning drop-off begins at 8:30am. Supervised Lunch 12pm-1pm (Bring your own nut-free lunch, morning snack and afternoon snack, and drink) Registration must be received no later than Thursday, December 22.


Family Workshops


Saturday, December 17, 1- 3:30pm
In a class designed for parents and kids to work together, participants will use stamps, make prints and otjer mark-making techniques to create holiday cards or ornaments. This class is a perfect for kids ages and 8 and up and their parents or for teens and adults of any age!

AGH Members $35 | Non Members $40
Children age 8 to 12 $20

Held at the AGH Annex, 118 James Street North
To register call 905.527.6610 ext 241 or email education@artgalleryofhamilton.com


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.

$8.00 per child for groups of 15 - 60 kids.

To register or for more information about Destination AGH, please contact Laurie 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  $11.50 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? Our special AGH Gallery Kits are available to help your children learn and enjoy their visit. AGH Gallery Kits are filled with drawing, writing and thinking questions to work on in the Gallery or at home.

Ask for a Kit at the Visitor Services Desk when you arrive.

Free Kits made possible by: