"Kids Gallery of Ontario" takes over AGO for Family Day | Print |
Written by Kelly Schweitzer   
Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:42

In celebration of Family Day, the Art Gallery of Ontario will be transformed into the Kids Gallery of Ontario on Monday.



Families and kids who visit the "KGO" on Monday will experience a variety of creative activites designed specifically with kids in mind. 

As a collaboration between the AGO and creative programming and events agency Bunch Family Inc., the idea was to bring innovation and fun to the holiday.

“We were trying to come up with an unusual Family Day idea for the AGO that really spoke to what they are trying to do – to make it clear that the gallery is open to kids and families,” Rebecca Brown, creative director of Bunch Family, an organization that specializes in organizing family events, told the Toronto Star.

The AGO’s big red exterior sign is set to be modified to read KGO, along with some other signage throughout the building, Meagan Campbell, the AGO’s news officer, told thedailyplanet.com.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids will have the opportunity to be led by AGO Gallery School instructors to paint, sculpt and create installation art, sampling activities from every course offered at the AGO, according to a press release.

Mid-day, the children’s art will be put on display in a “Kid Nouveau” exhibition.

“The plan right now is just to have it for that day, so that if people want to take their art home at the end of the day, they can,” said Campbell.

Many of the events will be held in the Weston Family Learning Centre, which opened last fall, but Campbell said the day is also comprised of a dance component and kid-centric tours.

The tours will be sped-up and include displays such as the Thomson Collection of Ship Models, which showcases models similar to those used in the film The Adventures of Tintin, according to the press release.

While the activities are recommended for children 12 and under, anyone is welcome to visit the gallery on Monday and check out the permanent exhibitions and collections, said Campbell.

Regular admission applies for individuals, but family passes are available for $39, offering a 20 per cent discount off the regular price. The family pass covers the admission of two adults and up to five children ages 6-17 – children under five are free.

“This is a terrific opportunity for entire families to come and play, create and engage with art in our recently opened Weston Family Learning Centre,” said Kelly McKinley, the AGO’s executive director of education and public programming in the press release.

The KGO will resume as the AGO Tuesday morning.

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