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.

Art, Stories, Imagination

6 November 2016  •  10 am to 4 pm
Discover a world of stories within the national collection.

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What can you do today?

All Ages
Art Making
Scotiabank Great Hall
Miniature Story Land: Imagination is all you need to build your own story world.
All ages
Tale of Two (or more) Stories
Gallery C204
A painting comes to life as characters in the artwork tell their side of the story. 30-minute theatrical performance.
Ages 0–3
Songs and Stories: Find Me a Story
Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall
Adults, bring your babies and toddlers for songs and stories in the Gallery. Together, we’ll discover the hidden stories in artworks.
Ages 0–6
Sensory-Based Play
Sketches
Explore materials with hands-on activities. It’s never too early to get into art! In partnership with Mothercraft Ottawa.
Ages 3+
Gallery Games
Gallery C208
Use storytelling cards to build wild and wacky stories. Quality family time surrounded by neoclassical masters! Games provided.
Ages 4+ (PG)
Family Film Screening: Stories from Around the World
Auditorium
Films courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada
The Sand Castle,
Co Hoedeman, 1977 | 13 min
In this Oscar-award-winning film, a sandman sculpts lively creatures out of sand. Together they build a sandcastle, only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest.
The Magic of Anansi,
Jamie Mason, 2003 | 6 min
Anansi is a little spider snubbed by the other jungle animals. He hatches a plan to change things, but quickly learns, you can’t win by putting others down.
Tzaritza, Theodore Ushev, 2006 | 7 min
When Lili finds a magic shell (tzaritza) along the seashore, she creates a plan to bring her grandmother from Bulgaria to Montreal in order to make her father happy.

Upcoming Events

Save the date for our next Family Sundays and Artissimo Studio activities:

Art-a
Cadabra
Family Sundays
22 January 2017

Time
Travel
Family Sundays
19 March 2017

Artissimo
Studio
Artissimo Studio
15 Oct 2016 - 17 Apr 2017

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22 January 2017

10 am to 4 pm
Experience the national collection through illusion-themed activities.

All Ages
Art Making: Paper Magic
Scotiabank Great Hall
Cut and paste an illusionary landscape and animate your own flipbook characters!
All ages
The Art of Illusion
Auditorium
Come enjoy a performance by magician Ian Quick.
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 create the illusion of “big and small.”
Ages 0–6
Sensory-Based Play
Sketches
Explore materials with hands-on activities. It’s never too early to get into art! In partnership with Mothercraft Ottawa.
Ages 3+
Gallery Games
Gallery C204
You’ve been practising your visual perception skills on gallery tours, so now put them to use in Spot it!, a fast-paced family card game. Quality time surrounded by Baroque masters! Games provided.
4–12
Gallery Tours: Artistic Illusion
Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall
Learn how to use colour, size and layering to create the illusion of three-dimensional worlds.
Ages 4+ (PG)
Family Film Screening: It’s Alive!
Auditorium
Films courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada
Animando, Marcos Magalhães, 1987 | 12 min
Watch an animated figure come to life on the drawing board – it’s the perfect primer for flipbook making.
The Girl Who Hated Books,
Jo Meuris, 2006 | 7 min
Meena is a young girl who hates books. When her cat knocks down a huge stack of books, pandemonium ensues.
Inspector Street,
Emmanuelle Loslier, 2013 | 8 min
Urban architecture is transformed in the pages of a local newspaper.

19 March 2017

10 am to 4 pm
Time travel is made easy in the national collection.

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
Sketches
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.
4–12
Gallery Tours: Step Back in Time
Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall
Meet characters from the past and future on this time travel adventure.
Ages 4+ (PG)
Family Film Screening: It’s Alive!
Auditorium
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

Admission

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

Hours

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

Contact

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

  • Snacks and meals at our family-friendly Cafétéria des Beaux-Arts (see November 6 Family-Friendly menu) – high chairs and booster seats available
  • Treat yourself with some sweets at our candy bar in the Great Hall Café
  • Enjoy snacks from home in the Tour Group Lobby.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the galleries, Garden or Water Court spaces.
Learn more

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!

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