Every Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm
Ever wonder what to do with your family on a Sunday? Well look no further! Join us for a fun day of family-friendly activities at the Gardiner.
Family Sunday activities are included with your general admission, and youth 18 and under are always free.*
Family Sundays run from 11 am to 3 pm every Sunday, with activities for children to do on their own or with an adult. There will be demonstrations at 11:30 am and 1 pm.
Make sure you also check out our discovery boxes, do a scavenger hunt and take some colouring sheets home with you.
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.
We look forward to seeing you here!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 2 | 11 AM – 3 PM
Did you know that the city of Toronto has about 200 works of public art? One of them can be found at the Gardiner Museum. If you haven’t seen Jun Kaneko’s large ceramic sculpture in front of the Gardiner, this weekend is the perfect opportunity! In addition to completing fifty public art commissions, Kaneko has also designed sets and costumes for opera performances. Celebrate Culture Days, and join us to sculpt clay pieces inspired by this impressive hand-built piece of public art.
Our new exhibition, True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada opens this October 13. This exhibition surveys more than seven decades of Canadian ceramics, glass, textiles, jewelry and furniture. In anticipation of the opening, we will launch a series of Family Sundays which draw from the impressive work on display and their unique element designs. Come and see it!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 9 | 11 AM – 3 PM
PAINTING ON TILES
Join us this Sunday to paint tiles inspired by the work of designer and textile artist Thor Hansen. Hansen created a series of patterns for the use of a local quilting and rug-hooking club. Often referencing his Danish descent, Hansen was a strong arts and crafts advocate. In his textile pattern, you will be able to recognize the landscape of Ontario’s Georgian Bay!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 16 | 11 AM – 3 PM
Have you met the Gardiner Museum’s newest acquisition? This 13 cm tall figurine is known as “Goofus” and it is a hybrid between a horse, a sheep, and a giraffe. It was one of Kjeld and Erica Deichmann’s most popular products and it is on display at True Nordic: How Scandinavia influenced design in Canada. Come and join us at the Family Sunday table as we create “Goofus” replicas with the help of a potter!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 23 | 11 AM – 3 PM
PAINTING ON TILES
The northern flora and fauna has also played an important role in Canadian craft and design. The northern landscape, sometimes also referenced in Scandinavian-styled objects, can be a source of natural materials like wood, but also of imagery. Join us this Sunday and paint animals from the Canadian North inspired by animal pillows in our special exhibition True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Canadian Design. There will be porcupines, owls, polar bears, and more!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 30 | 11 AM – 3 PM
November 1 is the Day of the Dead. This tradition dates back to pre-Columbian times and is meant to honour those who have passed by creating flower and food altars on which to later feast on. This festive occasion is a combination of colorful decoration, traditional foods, and playful rhymes. Come to Family Sunday to sculpt “calaveras” modelled after the typical sugar skulls! Bring your family and join in the festivities.
*Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult to participate in Family Sunday activities, and each accompanying adult must purchase a general admission ticket. Children cannot be left unattended at any time.