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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:


SUNDAY APRIL 5, 2015 | 11 AM - 4 PM

Family Day - April 5Have 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 APRIL 12, 2015  |  11 AM – 4 PM

Family Day - April 12We rely on the alphabet so much that we can take it for granted, but the letters that we use every day to write and create sounds and meanings weren’t always around. The alphabet as we know it today has changed quite a bit over time.

Looking back at other writing symbols that have been used in the past, we note that people don’t always use an alphabet. The ancient Maya for instance, used symbols or hieroglyphs that represented sounds or words or a combination of both. This Sunday at Family Day, we will paint Maya glyphs in our tiles to create different meanings. Come and try!





SUNDAY APRIL 19, 2015  |  11 AM – 4 PM

Family Day - April 19

This April 22 is Earth Day, a day for creating environmental awareness around the world. In anticipation of this date, this Sunday at Family Day we will make something special: join our clay table to make your own plant pot-face. Using clay, soil and seeds, you will be able to grow your own plant at home.








SUNDAY APRIL 26, 2015  |  11 AM – 4 PM

Family day - April 26Join us for the last Sunday of the month this Family Day at the Gardiner Museum and have some fun decorating your tile! We will try creating designs with only colored dots in our piece. Working with different colors, you will be able to make spirals, suns or stars. We will meet you at the lobby!













PHOTOS: Siobhan Boyd and Sara Rodriguez

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