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Gardiner Museum

Family Day

Family Day

Every Sunday

Ever wonder what to do with your family on a Sunday? Well look no further! Join our mascots Arabella, Ting, Clayton and Nicco, and bring the whole family to the Gardiner for family-friendly activities — free with admission! Kids under 12 are always free (with the accompaniment of an adult). 

Most activities take place in the lobby, but if you don’t see us when you come in, just ask our friendly front desk staff where they are taking place. 

Family Days run from 11 am to 4 pm with activities for children to do on their own or with an adult. Make sure you also check out our discovery boxes, do a scavenger hunt and take some colouring sheets home with you.

We look forward to seeing you here!


Upcoming Family Days:


SATURDAY MARCH 14, 2015 | 11 AM - 4 PM

Have you ever seen a dog without hair? You may be thinking of more than one but we are referring to Xoloitzcuintlis (pronounced as Show-low-its-queen-tli)! This rare dog is native to Mexico and its name originates from the Nahuatl words for God and dog. As its name indicates, Xolos were considered sacred by Aztecs and other pre-Columbian cultures that lived in what is now central and southern Mexico.  Xoloitzcuintlis were thought to help people find the underworld and ancient ceramic reproductions of this fascinating dog have been found in tombs. Come to Family Day this Sunday and learn more about Aztec culture by visiting our Ancient Americas Collection. Find the Xoloitzcuintli in the gallery and join Jessica to make your own Mexican hairless dog out of clay! 



SUNDAY MARCH 15, 2015  |  11 AM – 4 PM

St Patrick’s Day has arrived, and with it, a wave of green. A symbol of life, luck, and hope, green has more recently become the color of the environment. While the word green is closely related to the Old English verb growan, “to grow”, the color has been used by Egyptians and Greeks since antiquity. Copper green, however, was only introduced in Europe until the 15th century. If you are wondering what this may look like, come to Family Day this Sunday and discover multiple tones of green in our Maiolica section. Preserving its vivacity, the colors in these ceramic pieces will help you to paint a clover using different greens. You may also pick up some interesting information about ceramic painting in the Renaissance. See you at the lobby!


SUNDAY MARCH 22, 2015  |  11 AM – 4 PM

Spring is finally here! We have watched the year cycle once again, in which seasons and weather gradually give way to plant and animal life. With this theme in mind, we have  decided to have some fun with seeds at Family Day. Come to the Gardiner Museum this Sunday and experiment first-hand the many possibilities of mixing clay with seeds. Besides their amazing power to reproduce plant life, seeds can add some color and texture to your piece. Come and check it out!





SUNDAY MARCH 29, 2015  |  11 AM – 4 PM

In the same way that tin-glazed ceramics traveled to Spain with Islamic culture, Hispano-Arab ceramics also made its way into Mexico in the 1500’s. The result is what we know as Mexican Talavera. Named after Talavera de la Reina, a city in Spain renowned for its fine Talavera, the term is now closely associated with Mexican ceramics. Flowers and patterns in bright yellow and deep blue distinguish this unique ceramic decorating style. Come to Family Day this Sunday and have a try at painting your own tile in Talavera style! See you at the lobby!













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