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Hands-On Centre

At The Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre, you'll find art-making and creative play activities for the whole family, from our youngest learner on up! We always have fun in the Hands-On Centre: art-making, constructing, storytelling, costume play, making new friends and exploring. Listen to a story, dress up and act out the story, play a game or make a little storybook yourselves. Programs change frequently and are exhibition based, and our team of facilitators is ready to support creative family learning time together. 

Collage Fun! Inspired by the vibrant colourful collage-based work of Mickalene Thomas in Femmes Noires, families create an animal collage and contribute to a larger collaborative collage. Explore loose parts animal play, try out different emotions face masks and build with family diversity blocks.

Our newly refreshed Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre also includes a new art installation, Doors in the Deep, by Labspace Studio. The installation showcases animals seen in artwork throughout the AGO that you can find using our new Arty Animals family self-guided tour (find it at the Art Carts or the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre).

Located on the concourse level of the Gallery in the Weston Family Learning Centre.

Admission to the Hands-On Centre is included in your General Admission ticket, or free unlimited admission with your family membership.


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