Free Weekend Workshops

Looking for free things to do in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland with kids?

ArtStarts is pleased to offer free arts-based weekend activities and workshops for kids and families. These events feature 45-minute, multidisciplinary, culturally diverse workshops with some of the best children's artists.


ArtStarts on Saturdays at the ArtStarts Gallery in Vancouver has been so popular, we are now also offering these events on Sundays at River Market in New Westminster.

Admission is free. No registration necessary, but do come early as this is a popular program. Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11am and 1pm. Recommended for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome!

Join us for... 

Animal Adventure with Rock the Arts

Join the Creature Crew on a field trip to the zoo like no other. Find out how you can help the environment as the puppets come to life and take you on a comical adventure. Enjoy a performance and hands-on workshop with Rock the Arts and fall in love with the art of puppetry!

Ages 3 to 10

Stories and String with Anne Glover

Anne Glover's hilarious stories feature mind-bending fi gures that she weaves out of a loop of string. A turtle, a snake, a bird, a rocket… is there anything she can't make? You've never heard a story told like this, and a simple shoelace will never look the same!

Ages 4 and up

Rainbow Rock Feltmaking with Kiki van der Heiden

Learn how to create a felt rock filled with rainbow colours! Join visual artist Kiki van der Heiden to enjoy a story and an exploration of wool, then dive into the fun and magic of feltmaking and create a little treasure to keep or share with a friend. Materials are supplied.

Ages 4 and up

Photo by Jen Wilson

Explore past workshops...

Click on each workshop below to see photos from the event and learn more!



George Rahi and his Musical Bicycles
March 29 & 30, 2014

RupLoops: A Muscial Orbit
February 22 & 23, 2014

Christian Swenson
January 25 & 26, 2014

Tap Dance Class with TapCo.
November 30 & December 1, 2013


Let's Bhangra! with South Asian Arts
October 26 & 27, 2013

Boris Sichon and his 'Musical Pets'
September 28 & 29, 2013

Exploring the Wonder and Art
of Nature with Rebecca Graham
August 31 & September 1, 2013

Ventrioloquist Kellie Haines
July 27 & 28, 2013

My Community and Me with Julian Lawrence
June 29 & 30, 2013

Exploring the Impossible with Sheldon Casavant
May 25 & 26, 2013

Will Stroet
April 27, 2013

Lumen Prints with Phyllis Schwartz
April 27, 2013 

Seed Tapestry: For the Birds! with Sharon Kallis
March 30, 2013

Peter and the Wolf with Figura Theatre
February 23, 2013

ArtStarts on Saturdays Spin Cycle  with Greg Tarlin and Kristi Heath

Drumming with Fana Soro
January 26, 2013

Spin Cycle with Greg Tarlin and Kirsti Heath
November 24, 2012

ArtStarts on Saturdays Stories on Wheels with Pangaea Arts

ArtStarts on Saturdays Secret Seed Sculptures with Lori Weidenhammer

Stories on Wheels with Pangaea Arts
October 27, 2012

Seed Sculptures with Lori Weidenhammer
September 29, 2012


Want to know more?

Layers: Exploring Nature's Uniqueness through Printmaking with Brent Clowater
September 29, 2012

Take a look back at some of our past workshops featuring sing-along fun, hoop spinning extravaganzas, interactive storytelling and much more.


A little help from our friends...

Thank you to Boeing for generously sponsoring ArtStarts on Saturdays. 



Thank you to Westminster Savings for generously sponsoring ArtStarts at River Market. Thank you to  River Market at Westminster Quay for providing the space to make these events possible.


We would also like to thank the BC Arts Council and the Province of BC for their continued support.