Free with Admission
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 to 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 one of our friendly volunteers 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!
FEBRUARY 23, 2014
CLAY WITH HABIBA
This year welcomes the year of the horse on the Chinese calendar. Join ceramic artist Habiba in making your own adventurous clay horse to celebrate the year and welcome it to your home.
MARCH 2, 2014
“And the awards go to…” Come celebrate the Academy Awards at the Gardiner by painting your own Red carpet experience on a tile. With all the lights and camera on you, paint your favourite moment at the Museum and have it mounted on your wall to remember.
MARCH 8 & 9, 2014
TERRACOTTA IN THE TERRACE ROOM
Happy Anniversary Gardiner Museum! Did you know that the Gardiner Museum turns 30 this year? You’re invited to come out and join us in the Terrace room on the third floor and play with clay! Work with our artists and create wonderful unique sculptures with clay! To celebrate, maybe you want to make a miniature cake out of clay, or perhaps you would like to sculpt your favorite animal or make a miniature version of one of the Gardiner Museum’s pieces, the opportunities are limitless!
Join us as well and glaze one of the bowls that will be used for this year’s Empty bowls event. This year marks our 22nd year of participating in this wonderful event. Imagine, your decorated bowl will end up in someone’s home for them to enjoy and use over and over again!
MARCH 16, 2014
Did you know in Irish tradition, if you find a four leaf clover is considered lucky? Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by painting your own lucky charm on a tile. Whether it is a shamrock, a horseshoe, a rainbow, a dragon or pot of gold, paint it on a tile and then hang it on the wall or give it to someone to bring good luck all around.
CLAY WITH CONNIE
Spring has arrived! Forget the winter bug, it’s that time to spring into action to get your hands dirty and play with a special type of soil—clay! Explore the depths of the soil and who else would know clay better than little critters that live in it. Join a ceramic artist in the front lobby to create your own little critters out of clay. But don’t worry; these little critters won’t be eating your lunch anytime soon.
Why not take a walk in the park? The snow has melted, the temperatures are warmer, and the sun is out. Today marks “Take a Walk in the Park Day”. Visit a local park and see the beauty and fun in parks. Playing at the playground, hiking on trails, gardening, playing sports on a field, having a picnic, there are just so many things to do! Why not start by painting your own favourite activity on a tile at the Gardiner Museum?
PHOTOS: Siobhan Boyd and Sara Rodriguez