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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO) takes over the AGO with fun and games for Family Day 2014

Gallery goes big with life-sized games; discounted family passes on sale now

TORONTO — Games and fun rule at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this Family Day with the annual Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO) takeover.

The popular KGO returns this Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a special day of family art-making and life-sized games. Offering a full day of drop-in programs spread out across the entire Gallery, the KGO invites families to experience a variety of exciting hands-on activities.

To make family visits more affordable that day, the AGO is offering a $10 discount on Family Passes, reducing the price to $39. A family pass admits two adults and as many as five youths (ages 6 to 17). As always, admission for children ages 5 and under is free. The pass, which is good for general admission to the Gallery, includes activities in the galleries, films in Jackman Hall and art-making in the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre.

The kids’ takeover of the Gallery begins on Dundas Street West with the reworking of the AGO’s iconic red sign to reflect the temporary name change. Once inside, families can become artists and explorers as they participate in the following activities, FREE with the price of admission:

  • The brand new Kids' Gallery, featuring the Just Like Me: Explore, Imagine, Create exhibition where you can have your child’s portrait added to the in-gallery Instagram display
  • A Gallery-wide game of Clue begins in Walker Court
  • Art-making with instructors in the Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School, where everyone can create their own   original works of art        
  • Oversized board games happening all day on the floor of Walker Court
  • KGO dance party in Walker Court with a DJ at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m 
  • 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 AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre
  • KGO art tours, giving families a “kids’ eye view” of the AGO collection
  • All day art-making, storytelling and costume play for the KGO’s youngest visitors in the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre(ages 5 and under) 
  • Screenings of art-inspired family films all day long in Jackman Hall 
  • Kids eat free in cafeAGO with the purchase of an adult meal (ages 5 and under)
“The Art Gallery of Ontario is proud to deliver another exciting, affordable and artful Family Day program,” said Lorrie Ann Smith, the AGO’s manager of Young Audience Engagement and Learning. “We are the ideal destination for families that want to play and create together in one of Toronto’s most beautiful and wide-open spaces.”

Family Day is an ideal opportunity for older kids and parents to explore the AGO’s collections and the history of art. Upstairs, families can explore eight years that changed the art world in the AGO’s special exhibition
The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918. Entrance to this exhibition is surcharged and tickets can be purchased in advance at www.ago.net.

Adventure-seeking tweens are encouraged to try out the AGO’s most recent mobile app,
Time Tremors AGO, and transform their trip to the Gallery into a real-time interactive treasure hunt. Geared toward families and children ages 7 to 12, this app sends players navigating through the Gallery in search of clues hidden in works of art. Visitors can play different missions customized for the AGO can be played all together in a single session or on subsequent visits to the Gallery as a single player or in a group.

Time Tremors AGO is available now for download from the iTunes store and Google Play at a cost of $2.99 and is supported for Android 4.1 + as well as iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and iPod Touch 4 and 5 generations. Visitors are encouraged to download the app from the iTunes store before they visit.

ShopAGOkids, Toronto’s best source for artful toys and educational gifts, celebrates Family Day with a special 20 per cent discount on all purchases over $50.

FRANK restaurant at the AGO offers a special kid-friendly brunch on Family Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations, please call 416-979-6680. Kids five and under always eat for free at caféAGO with the purchase of an adult meal.

March Break is around the corner and drop-in programming at the AGO begins on March 10, 2014. More programming details will be announced soon. A few spaces remain for full-day March Break Camps at the AGO. To register or for more information call 416.979.6608 or 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
www.ago.net for more information on directions and parking.

Family Programs Lead Sponsor: BMO Financial Group

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.

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 ago.net 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.

Nov. 30, 2013 – March 2, 2014:
The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918

April 5, 2014 July 20, 2014:
Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty

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.

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