Children and Family

Children & Family
Please note that there will be no Weekly Family Programs from December 24 to 31. Weekly Family Programs will resume January 7.

Sundays Free

Visionary Partner for
Community Access:

Every Sunday! 10am–5pm

Every Sunday, the Gallery offers FREE admission for children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Sundays at the Gallery offers a unique art experience for children and their families to have free and regular access to all of the Gallery’s exhibitions as well as our Weekly Family Programs, which feature family-geared programming that explores themes and activities related to the current exhibitions.


Visionary Partner for Art Education:
Ji Ping Bai

Generously supported by:
Ace and Hemsa Fipke

Weekly Family Programs, 12-4pm

Every Sunday, the Gallery offers activities geared towards children 12 & under and their families. Join our team of Art Agents as they bring the Gallery’s exhibitions to life. Then move on to The Making Place, to experiment with themes, processes and materials in a number of engaging art-making activities.

Download our monthly schedule:

   FEBRUARY           MARCH        

For those wishing to attend as a group, we recommend a ratio of one adult for every four children. Private groups may also be arranged for a fee, please call 604.662.4717. *Note: cameras are allowed in The Making Place only.


Weekly Family Programs are FREE for children 12 & under.


Grownups and kids can explore the galleries with our team of bold, whimsical, funny and informed Art Agents.


Offering explorative, hands-on workshops featuring collaborative and independent activities for all kinds of making.
*Bring your own camera to capture your child’s projects.



Takashi Murakami

During Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, the Gallery will offer special family programming. Events listed below are FREE for children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult with paid admission.

FEB 11–
in the Gallery

Weekly Family Programs:
Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

During this special series of Weekly Family Programs, we will be learning about the overarching concepts and themes in Takashi Murakami’s work. Families will be asked: how are artists layering traditional and contemporary art forms to create a new cultural language?

We will explore how Murakami is influenced by contemporary Pop Culture such as Tokyo’s Neo Pop, Critical Pop, Manga, Kawaii, and his concept of Superflat, as well as both digital and factory production methods.

Our workshops will create opportunities for experimentation with printmaking, digital design, layering, repetition, pattern, painting and sculpture. We will also highlight the role of illustration in contemporary Japanese culture with feature workshops by Vancouver-based illustrators and comic book creators.

Join us on Sundays as we experiment and create our own graphic floral patterns, album covers, illustrated alter egos, monsters, dragons and tigers with a large variety of materials, ranging from the digital to ink.

FEB 12

in the Gallery

BC Family Day

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Especially for families! This special holiday programming will explore the influence of printmaking in Takashi Murakami's art practice. Join our one-of-a-kind screen printing workshop, led by local illustrator and print artist Ben Duncan and presented in collaboration with Malaspina Printmakers.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

MAR 19–23
in the Gallery

Spring Break 2018

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Join us for five days of Weekly Family Programs offered in conjunction with Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. Free for children aged 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.