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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.

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

















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!

Sunday, May 28: Gardens Alive
Sunday, June 25: Landscape Paintings
Sunday, July 30: AGH Annual Family Picnic
Sunday, August 27: Summer Treats
Sunday, September 24: Seasonal Colours
Sunday, October 29: Spooky Celebrations

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.



PA Day Camps

Photos: Mike Lalich

PA Day Camps

June 9, June 23

8:30am - 4:00pm
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)

AGH Members $35 | Non-Members $40

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board




Summer Weekend Workshops

Photos: Mike Lalich

AGH Summer Weekend Workshops

Saturdays: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | August 5, 12, 26 | September 1, 4
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Planning a family outing to the AGH this summer? In town just for the weekend? As part of our Summer Arts Festival, there will be drop-in studio activities for the whole family 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.

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



Summer Camp

Photos: Mike Lalich















Summer Camps
5 Weeks | July 10 to August 25, 2017

In the summer, our programs offer guided art making, creative exploration and opportunities for self expression. A full week program allows for more involved projects and time to develop over five full days. Each week offers new activities so campers can return for new fun each week. Please note, students must have already completed a year of full-day kindergarten to register. Extended Care is available 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: $8 per day.

July 10 to 14: Art Express (ages 13+ only - see below for description).
July 17 to 21, 2017: The Artist’s Studio
July 24 to 28, 2017: Creative Expressions
August 14 to 18, 2017: My Place in the World
August 21 to 25, 2017: Art Adventures

Early Registration (Before May 31): AGH Members: $175 | Non-Members $200
After May 31: AGH Members: $195 | Non-Members $220

NOTE: Pre-registration is required. Registration is for full week sessions only. Space is limited. All classes are subject to a minimum and maximum registration.

Cancellation Policy: The AGH reserves the right to cancel or combine classes to meet minimum enrollment numbers. If minimum enrollment is not met, a full refund will be provided. Full refunds will be provided if registrant cancels enrollment a minimum five business days in advance of program start. After such time an administrative fee of $25 plus a pro-rated deduction for classes up to the date of cancellation will be charged.

Art Express Summer Camp

In this week long camp, more experienced artists will learn more about leadership and the studio practice of artists. In the mornings students will spend some time in the Galleries, learning new techniques and finding our way around the studio. Afternoons will be supported open studio time, students can choose a project or projects to work on, with feedback and assistance from artist-instructors and peers. Students will also learn about different roles staff have at the Gallery and begin discussing ways they might want to volunteer in the future. Please note, lunches will be unsupervised and there is no extended care available for this program.

Download the Camp Welcome Package here.




AGH Annual Summer Picnic

Photos: Mike Lalich














Love Your Landscape: AGH Annual Family Picnic
Sunday, July 30
12:00 - 3:30pm

Irvine Zucker Sculpture Garden, AGH
The Canadian landscape has played an integral role in our artistic, cultural and collective identity. Explore the many representations and traditions associated with the land through hands-on art-making, family-friendly performances, demonstrations and special guest presenters. A free BBQ lunch will be served while supplies last.

FREE Admission

Presented by:

Community Partners:




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 Playroom

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: