Make PAMA your family staycation destination this August

August at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is filled with fantastic family fun! Experience various exhibitions and hands-on opportunities for little hands, instructor-led creative activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the self-guided weekend family fun activity. Don’t forget to drop-in for exciting events like the Peel Aboriginal Drumming Circle and the Sunday FUN day as well. Check out the “Plan your Visit” stations located in the lobbies and pick-up a family fun guide, created to help navigate our fun activities.

Plan Your Visit

Affordable family fun is right here in Peel Region!  Family admission to PAMA is $12 for 2 adults and up to 5 kids. Better yet, did you know that if you have a library card you can also sign out a FREE family pass at any of your local Region of Peel libraries? Don’t forget to pick up a family fun guide with activities to enhance your visit. Help yourself to the new PAMA comic! Created to show how history can come to life through art and stories, inspired by records from PAMA’s Archives collection and written and illustrated by local artists. Seek and Find your way through PAMA is another fun way to explore our historic spaces and be entered into a weekly PAMA Summer Fun draw.

August Staycation Activities include Sensory Exploration that runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm. Come meet Creature Quest and their scaly, furry and feathered friends at the kick-off on August 6 from 11 am to 2 pm. Explore your sense of touch by creating your own animal sculpture. On August 8, you can use your sense of sight to explore the exhibit Selections from the Vault and find unique landscapes then make your own picturesque artwork. On August 13, test your knowledge and instincts to follow the map and see what you can find. Maybe it will lead to somewhere new and exciting. Join us and create your own treasure map! A farm is a whole sensory experience with different sounds, smells and sights! Visit the Face of the Farmer exhibition and create your own farm inspired artwork on August 15. On August 20 use your super sight to find something in the art gallery that is black and white with words and pictures. After exploring the For a Social Cause: Graphic Novels exhibition, be inspired and create your own comic art. Bumps, grooves and edges are only some of the things you’ll feel with collagraph printmaking on August 22. Touch and feel all the different textures that make different patterns and use printmaking techniques to create your own. Different colours can be seen, smelt and tasted on August 27 when you explore your senses and all the crazy colours in Manning Square before creating your own rainbow inspired masterpiece. And finally, on August 29, banging, clanging and ringing are only some of the sounds that musical instruments can make when you identify different instruments just by hearing them. Make a musical instrument of your own!

These drop-ins are included in general admission. Members are free.

Guide your family through monthly, self-guided art projects that inspire creativity at Weekend Family Fun Activities on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 pm. The August family fun activity is all about comic book creations. These drop-in activities are included in the cost of general admission. Members are free.

PAMA and The Indigenous Network invite you to participate in an evening of shared traditions and songs at the Indigenous Network Drumming Circle on August 15 from 7 to 8:30 pm. This is a free program which does not include general admission.  

Engage with art through special activities for the whole family inspired by the For a Social Cause exhibition on now in the art gallery on Sunday FUNday: Comic Book Art, on Sunday August 18 from 1 to 4 pm. These drop-ins are included in general admission. Members are free.

As you can see, all the great family programming this August is free for PAMA members. PAMA Family Memberships are $60. Purchase today and support your local arts and heritage hub.

Photo: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Canadian b. 1954, RED, 2008, Watercolour, ink on paper, 168 cm x 381 cm, Private collection of Michael and Inna O’Brian.

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