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.


19 March 2017  •  10 am to 4 pm
Time travel is made easy in the national collection.


What can you do today?

All Ages
Art Making
Scotiabank Great Hall
Time-Travel Caps: Transport yourself to another time with creative caps.
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 gilded masterpieces from long ago.
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 4+
Gallery Games
Gallery C204
Time counts in Hoot Owl Hoot and Race to the Treasure, two fun family board games. Quality time surrounded by Baroque masters! Games provided.
Gallery Tours: Step Back in Time
Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall
Meet characters from the past and future on this time travel adventure.
All ages
Dance through Time
Scotiabank Great Hall
Watch a live performance of dance from different time periods. Then, take a turn on the dance floor and learn a new move or two!
Ages 4+ (PG)
Family Film Screening: Travel from Here to There
Films courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada
The Clockmakers
Renaud Hallée, 2013 | 4 min
Travel inside a mysterious machine made up of revolving gearwheels, triangles and… tiny gymnasts?
The Balgonie Birdman
Brian Duchscherer, 1991 | 8 min
Every night Bill Gibson was busy in his workshop, and then, he had a dream: he was going to build a flying machine.
The Animal Movie
Grant Munro and Ron Tunis, 1966 | 9 min
A little boy discovers that he cannot physically compete with a monkey, a snake or a horse until technology arrives.
How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly
Munro Ferguson, 1995 | 6 min
The dinosaurs were headed for trouble. They ate nothing but junk food, never brushed their teeth and stayed up all night. And though they loved jumping off cliffs, they didn't like the landings much.

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.


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.
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Food + Beverages

  • Snacks and meals at our family-friendly Cafétéria des Beaux-Arts (see 19 March Family-Friendly menu) – 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?