Tips for Families
As we reopen the Gallery we want to make it clear that children are more than welcome back into the Gallery. Children are some of our most curious and engaged visitors, and the AGH has not been the same without them these past months.
Currently, the Family Playroom, activity kits, family programming, and family tours are all closed or suspended. All our exhibition spaces are open.
Tips for Families with Young Children
Remember, you don’t have to see everything in one visit. Keep your visits short and at your child’s pace. Take breaks as needed in the Playroom (temporarily closed), a family-friendly space. Talk to your children about what they see and think.
Ask lots of questions to focus their investigation, and encourage them to share their ideas. Let your child lead to ensure you see things that interest and engage them. Play games like “I Spy” or “Tell Me What Happens Next.”
We are Baby friendly
You are welcome to use your stroller or baby-carrier (worn on the front) in the exhibition spaces. Public washrooms have change tables.
You are welcome to breastfeed your baby in any of our seating areas. If you prefer somewhere more private, our Playroom family-friendly space has seating available.
Meals, snacks, or drinks brought to the Gallery can be enjoyed in the Lobby seating area, away from exhibition spaces.
Resources for Families
Activity Kits (TEMPORARILY unavailable)
Our exhibition-specific kits offer drawing activities, scavenger hunts and take-home activities that you’ll enjoy working on as a family. Free for everyone!
Family Fun Days (TEMPORARILY Suspended)
On the last Sunday each month, we offer hands-on activities and family-friendly tours.
Family PLAYRoom (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Children’s Family Playroom is open to provide you and your children with a place to rest and engage in art-related activities. Whether you need a space for some hands-on play with your young visitors or a quiet space to take a break, the Family Room offers a place for you.
Children’s tourS (TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED)
Calling all daycare centres, Girl Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Scouts! AGH Children’s Tours offer groups of 15 to 60 children the chance to see fabulous Canadian and international works of art and to create masterpieces of their own. This interactive 90-minute program is available from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the year.
$8.00 per child
From the Contemporary Art Collection
Betty Goodwin (Canadian 1923-2008)
mixed media on vellum, Gift of Ron Kaplansky, 1994.
© Courtesy Gaétan Charbonneau