Family Gallery Activities at AGO

Photo courtesy of the AGO

The Dr. Mariano Elia Hands On Centre is now open at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario). Families can enjoy fun and educational activities in the newly redesigned interactive hands-on centre located in the Weston Family Learning Centre. You'll find art-making and creative play activities for the entire family, even the youngest of art-lovers.

There are many NEW Family-friendly activities in the galleries being offered:

Sign out a Family Activity Pack, complete with activities and a focus on family exploration in the Gallery. Take a bag into the Canadian, African, Inuit, or Contemporary collection areas. Activity packs are geared for all ages

Drawing Stations – Kids can draw and share stories in creative discovery zones found throughout the Gallery.    

Pick up an Art Hunt cards and find the artwork in the galleries. Get your card from AGO security guards.

There is always lots of fun happening in the Hands-On centre such as art-making, constructing, storytelling and costume play, making new friends, and exploring. Now there is another reason to visit! Join the AGO on Fridays, in the morning, for a creative story time just for little ones. Programs change frequently and are exhibition based. Visit their website to see current programming.

The Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre is open 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. The space is also available to members for private play dates on weekday afternoons. It is located on the concourse level of the Gallery in the Weston Family Learning Centre.

About The Weston Family Learning Centre: The facility, which opened in October 2011, comprises approximately 35,000 square feet of renovated and new space, and increases the AGO’s ability to provide stellar art education in dedicated spaces for instruction and workshops. This new hub for community creativity and learning – a gathering place for hands-on and online exploration of the creative process – sets a standard for museums around the world, with fully integrated technology that includes broadcast and videoconferencing capabilities, and meeting spaces for educational and private functions.


Art Gallery of Ontario
17 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
Phone: 416-979-6608

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