Galleries are open 10:30 am to 5 pm today.

Hands-On Centre

At The Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre, you'll find art-making and creative play activities for the whole family, from our youngest learner on up! There's lots to do in the Hands-On Centre: from art-making and constructing to storytelling and costume play. You might even make a new friend! Explore and create with a variety of art-making materials and projects. Our exhibition and collections based programs change frequently, and our team of Facilitators is here to support creative family learning time together.

The raccoons are coming in May! Mischievous, cute, curious and nocturnal, with their black masks and striped tails, they prowl the alleyways and backyards of the city. Our activities include: open ended art-making explorations in black, white, and grey, little bandit raccoon mask making, and loose parts black and white play.

Our Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre also includes an art installation, Doors in the Deep, by Labspace Studio. The installation showcases animals seen in artwork throughout the AGO that you can find using our new Arty Animals family self-guided tour (find it at the Art Carts or the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre).

Located on the concourse level of the Gallery in the Weston Family Learning Centre.

Admission to the Hands-On Centre is included in your General Admission ticket, or free unlimited admission with your family membership. *Please note that adult supervision of children in the centre is required at all times.

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