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Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) transforms into Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO)

Kids take over for Family Day 2012

(Toronto, ON, Jan. 26, 2012)  The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will celebrate Family Day 2012 by transforming for one special day into the Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO). On Monday, Feb. 20, the Gallery offers a family-friendly art-making extravaganza featuring the creation of a day-long exhibition by kids entitled Kid Nouveau.

To make family visits more affordable that day, the AGO will offer 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 of age 5 and under is free.

Gallery branding, including the iconic red AGO on the building’s exterior, will be creatively reworked to reflect its temporary name change. Kids attending the event (included in the price of admission) will be encouraged to channel their inner artists through activities co-programmed with Bunch Family Inc., including:

  • Art-making with instructors from the AGO Gallery School, providing kids with a chance to sample an activity from every single AGO course offered, including painting, sculpture and installation art;
  • An installation of kids’ artworks in the Gallery as part of the first ever KGO Kid Nouveau exhibition;
  • An all-day Kid Nouveau opening party attended by famous artists from the past, including Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo, who both have upcoming exhibitions at the AGO;
  • Sped-up, kid-centric tours of the Gallery, including the Thomson Collection of Ship Models – where families can see actual models similar to those used in the feature film The Adventures of Tintin – the African and Canadian collections and other fun and fast-paced tours.

 “Family Day is the ideal time for families to visit the AGO and experience all of the incredible offerings the AGO has year round, including special art-making classes you won’t see anywhere else,” said Rebecca Brown, Creative Director of Bunch Family Inc, a creative programming and events agency . “This year, the
AGO and Bunch are teaming up to provide the most innovative Family Day in Toronto.”

“We are delighted to partner with Bunch to bring unique Family Day programming to Toronto,” said Kelly McKinley, the AGO’s Executive Director of Education and Public Programming. “This is a terrific opportunity for entire families to come and play, create, and engage with art in our recently opened Weston Family Learning Centre.”

To learn more about the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Center Day and programs for families, please visit




For more information, please


Meagan Campbell

News Officer

Art Gallery of Ontario

416-979-6660, ext. 372



Marketing and Communications

Bunch Family Inc.


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