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AGO transforms into KGO (Kids Gallery of Ontario)
for Family Day 2013

Discounted family passes now on sale for February 18

(k)AGO main entrance

TORONTO—The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) celebrates Family Day 2013 by transforming for one special day into the Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO). On Monday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Gallery will be bursting with family-friendly art activities. Exploring the theme of “art explosion,” the day’s programming will offer families plenty of hands-on opportunities to “blow up” and break down art.

To make family visits more affordable that day, the AGO offers a 20 per cent discount on Family Passes, lowering the price to $39. A Family Pass admits two adults and up to five youths (ages 6 to 17). As always, admission for children age 5 and under is free. The pass, which is good for general admission to the Gallery, includes all family activities in the galleries, Jackman Hall and the Weston Family Learning Centre.

FRANK restaurant at the AGO is offering a special Kids Brunch Menu for Family Day featuring bite-sized pancakes and mini sausages on Feb.18, 2013. For reservations call 416.979.6680. Kids five and under always eat for free at caféAGO with the purchase of an adult meal.

The kids’ takeover of the Gallery begins right at the front door, where the iconic red AGO sign on the building’s exterior will be creatively reworked to reflect the temporary name change. Families will channel their inner artists through activities co-programmed by the AGO and Bunch Family Inc., including:

• Art-making with artist instructors in the Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School, providing kids with a chance explore and create their own original works of art;

• An all-day dance party in Walker Court with a DJ, led by costumed animators and featuring fun and sparkly “explosions” throughout the day;

• A “Build it and Take it Apart Room” where kids will be encouraged to take art apart and put it back together in as many ways as possible;

• Family yoga at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Weston Family Learning Centre;

• Kid-led tours, giving families a “kids’ eye view” of the AGO collection;

• All day art-making, storytelling and costume play for the Gallery’s youngest visitors in the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre (ages 5 and under); and

• Screenings of art-inspired family films all day long in Jackman Hall.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Bunch Inc. once again to make Family Day in Toronto both exciting and artful,” said Kelly McKinley, the AGO’s Executive Director of Education and Public Programming. “The success of last year’s programming confirmed that the Art Gallery of Ontario is a favourite destination for families to play and create together.”

“The programming we’re co-creating with the AGO provides the most innovative Family Day activities in the city this year,” said Rebecca Brown, Creative Director of Bunch Family Inc., a creative programming and events agency. “Family Day is the perfect opportunity to explore what the AGO has to offer the young and the young-at-heart.”

Family Day is one of many initiatives at the Gallery that aim to bring artful programming to people of all ages. “The AGO is the perfect place for families to spend some creative time together, and BMO Financial Group is proud to be Lead Sponsor of Family Programs,” said Gilles G. Ouellette, President and CEO, Private Client Group, BMO Financial Group.

March Break programming at the AGO begins on March 7, 2013, and families can register for this year’s week-long day camp in person on Family Day. This year families are invited to discover all the teeny-tiny artworks in the AGO's collections and make terrifically, tiny landscapes of their own. To register for March Break Camp at the AGO or for more information call 416.979.6608 or visit

To learn more about the AGO’s courses, workshops, camps and Family Day offerings, please visit

The AGO is located at 317 Dundas St. W. (between Beverley Street and McCaul Street). It is easily accessible by the TTC via St Patrick Subway Station or the Dundas streetcar. Please visit for more information on directions and parking.

Family Programs Lead Sponsor: BMO Financial Group

Family Programs Supporting Sponsor: Enbridge

Education Programs at the AGO are generously supported by smART women with additional support from the Learning Fund.

The AGO acknowledges the generous support of its Signature Partners: American Express, Signature Partner of the Conservation Program; and Aimia, Signature Partner of the Photography Collection Program.

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly-diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $525 billion as at October 31, 2012, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions. For more than 194 years, BMO Financial Group has believed in community reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility in the communities it serves. In 2011, BMO contributed more than $66.4 million in donations, sponsorships and events in Canada and the United States to groups, organizations and programs that help build and sustain resilient, vital and healthy communities.

With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Kenneth Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO, to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.

March 16–June16, 2013: Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art

Aug. 17–Oct. 27, 2013: Ai Weiwei: According to What?

The AGO is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.


For more information on Family Day activities at the AGO please contact:

Andrea-Jo Wilson; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 403,

Laura Banks; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 504,

Caitlin Coull; Manager, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 364,



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