On each Family Sunday, kids aged 0–12 and their adults can experience the national collection through a different theme. This season, we explore art through the worlds of engineering, storytelling, illusion and time travel.

Included with Gallery admission.
Always free for members.


2 October 2016  •  10 am to 4 pm
P.S. It’s culture days. Admission is free!
Experience the national collection through engineering-themed activities.


What can you do today?

Ages 5+
Electronic Building Blocks
Studio 1
Build a circuit with electronic building blocks with the help of University of Ottawa’s Maker Mobile team. Small parts involved, so no under 5s please.
Ages 4–12
Gallery Tours: How Did They Make That?
Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall
Build it, balance it, shape it, mould it, hang it. See a 3D printer in action and explore different ways artists build their artworks from the ground up.
Ages 0–3
Songs and Stories
Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall
Adults, bring your babies and toddlers for songs and stories in the Gallery. Together, we’ll explore how artists use shapes to build their artworks.
All Ages
Art Making
Scotiabank Great Hall
Mobiles: Balance is key in creating your suspended artwork.
Ages 0–6
Sensory-Based Play
Explore materials with hands-on activities. It’s never too early to get into art! In partnership with Mothercraft Ottawa.
Ages 3+
Gallery Games
Will your tower stand the test of time? Join us to play a round of Jenga. Quality family time surrounded by Baroque masters! Games provided.
All Ages
Aerial Antics
Scotiabank Great Hall
Acrobats demonstrate the importance of strength, form and balance while suspended on silks and in hoops.
Ages 4+ (PG)
Family Film Screening: Buildings, Blocks and Shapes
Films courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada
A Prairie Story, Anne Koizumi, 2006 | 1 min
A prairie landscape undergoes a transformation from rural to urban.
Tchou-tchou, Co Hoedeman, 1972 | 13 min
Building blocks come together to tell the story of two children and their encounter with an angry dragon.
The Box, Co Hoedeman, 1989 | 10 min
An artist puts the finishing touches on a character in his studio, but once finished, it comes to life and sets out to discover its environment.
Quilt, Gayle Thomas, 1996 | 6 min
This animated film is a tribute to patchwork quilting.

Upcoming Events

Save the date for our next Family Sundays:

Art, Stories,
6 November

22 January

19 March

Family Membership

Enjoying your family time at the National Gallery of Canada? Purchase a family membership today and delight in family activities all year long! Family Sundays are included with Gallery admission. Always free for members.

  • Unlimited access to Artissimo and Family Sundays
  • Unlimited admission to the national collection
  • Unlimited admission to special exhibitions
  • Invitations to all special exhibition openings and Members’ Evenings
  • Exclusive member previews for some special exhibitions
  • A 10% discount on summer camps, workshops and events
  • A 15% discount at the NGC Boutique*
  • Discounts at the Cafétéria des Beaux-Arts, the Café in the Great Hall, as well as on parking*
  • Subscriptions to the NGC monthly e-newsletter and NGC Magazine newsletter

A family membership consists of two adults and children between the ages of 12 and 19 residing in the same household. Children age 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult, and do not require membership cards.

*Some conditions apply


Family Sundays are included with Gallery admission. Always free for members.

Free admission for Culture Days!
To celebrate Culture Days, admission to the National Gallery of Canada is free, all day on Sunday 2 October. Join the Family Days fun for free!


Family Sundays take place from 10 am to 4 pm. From 1 October – 30 April, the Gallery is open Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. Learn more


Have a question about Family Sundays? Don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact us at 613-990-1985 and info@gallery.ca or check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Visitor Info

  • Water fountains and restrooms (with baby changing stations) are located on every floor.
  • Coat and bag check is free, Main Lobby Level.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are available in the Tour Group Lobby, Main Lobby Level.
  • Visit the Boutique for art-related finds from books and posters to jewellery and toys.
Learn more

Food + Beverages

  • Purchase snacks and meals at our family-friendly Cafétéria des Beaux-Arts – high chairs and booster seats available.
  • Enjoy snacks from home in the Tour Group Lobby.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the galleries, Garden or Water Court spaces.
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Helpful Hints

  • Keep fingers and bodies a safe distance from artworks – no touching the art please!
  • Front-facing child carriers are welcome, but not backpacks.
  • Art and food don’t mix! Please enjoy your snacks in the Cafétéria des Beaux-Arts.
  • Walk, don’t run in the museum – if your family has the wiggles and needs room to roam, take a break and check out our huge outdoor sculptures.
  • Have kids sit down to focus on one artwork. Borrow a folding stool or sit on the floor. Just be sure not to block paths or exits!

Who Will You Meet Today?