Free Weekend Workshops for Kids and Families

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

ArtStarts is pleased to offer free arts-based weekend workshops for kids and families in both Vancouver and New Westminster. Join some of the best artists working with young people for 45-minute workshops that explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines.

  • 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.
  • Ideal for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome! 

The Little Prince with Monster Theatre

"All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it." Meet talking roses and foxes! Experience interplanetary travel! Learn about true love and loyalty! Join The Little Prince on a spectacular adventure as he celebrates open-mindedness, open-heartedness and the beauty of imagination. With puppets, masks, original music and a little theatre magic, the storytelling experts of Monster Theatre will capture your hearts and your funny bones as they bring Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's cherished novella to life before your eyes.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11am & 1pm at ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)

  • NEW WESTMINSTER: SundayMarch 1, 2015 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)

My Space as a Self-Portrait Collage with Kyra Kelpin

This creative photo collage workshop with photographer Kyra Kelpin taps into a child's ideas around identity, play and regional environment. Using oneself as a subject and manipulating or reproducing our own image has long been a way that artists explore who we are and where we fit in. This workshop starts with portraiture and finishes with students exploring their image and local environment. Through a hands-on cut-and-paste method, students will build a self-portrait that represents for them their personality and the elements that they value around themselves. Cubism, collage and portraiture collide to become expressive works of art!

Ideal for age 5 and up.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11am & 1pm at ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)

  • NEW WESTMINSTER: SundayMarch 29, 2015 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)

More Creative Fun Just Down the Street...

If you're joining us at the ArtStarts Gallery on the last Saturday of every month, also be sure to also stop by the Contemporary Art Gallery, located just two blocks away (at the corner of Richards and Nelson). The CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. The next free family days at the CAG are January 31 , February 28 and March 28 from Noon to 3pm. Learn more.

Explore Past Workshops...

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

Fun and Play! with Vazzy
January 31 & February 1, 2015


Think Bigg with Trent Arterberry
November 29 & 30, 2014


Painting Magnificent Coastal Forests with Sandi Henrich
October 25 & 26, 2014

Jamming with Dumpsta Dragons
September 27 & 28, 2014

Celebrating Seasonal Birds: Printmaking with Colette Lisoway
August 30 & 31, 2014

Story Fabrics with Ewa Sniatycka
July 26 & 27, 2014

Rainbow Rock Feltmaking with Kiki van der Heiden
June 28 & 29, 2014

Stories and Strings with Anne Glover
May 31 & June 1, 2014

Animal Adventures with Rock the Arts
April 26 & 27, 2014

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

Explore more workshops featuring sing-along fun, hoop spinning extravaganzas, interactive storytelling and much more.