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! Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11am and 1pm. Please arrive a little early as this is a popular program. Events are ideal for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome!

The Art of Capoeira
with Axé Capoeira

Join Axé Capoeira for an interactive educational tapestry of Brazilian history, culture, traditions and beliefs that will entertain an audience of all ages.

Expect to have your ears and pulse stimulated by enlivening Brazilian percussion music, including live vocals and drums; your eyes amazed by gravity-defying acrobatics; and your body and soul inspired as the show culminates in an interactive dance including the entire audience.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11am & 1pm at ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)

  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map


Special Event

Vancouver Draw Down: Draw and Tell: Northwest Coast Storytelling

Vancouver Draw Down is a day-long, city-wide celebration of drawing. Join us this year for a special event with artists Anastasia Hendry and Christine MacKenzie. Through storytelling, drawing and textile work, artists will lead visitors on an exploration of First Nations culture, history and traditional teachings. Activities include a traditional Talking circle, First Nations storytelling, the "Draw and Tell" technique, creating a "crest" and a mini button blanket. Learn more.

VANCOUVER: Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11am & 2pm at ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)


Musical Adventures of Marco Polo
with Boris Sichon

All on board! In this exciting performance by Boris Sichon, the audience will explore the globe via a celebration of world music from different nations and traditions.

Participants will learn ways in which music is an expression of cultural identity and of community. Hear how the environment influences the types of instruments (wind, percussion, string, etc.) that are produced and utilized by the people of the world.

Boris is the owner of a unique collection of ethnic musical instruments he has compiled in his international travels as a performer. His collection is now comprised of over 400 rare and unique musical instruments, many of which he will introduce during this performance.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 11am & 1pm at ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)

  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)

More Fun Just Down the Street...

If you're joining us at the ArtStarts Gallery in Vancouver 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. Upcoming free family Saturdays at the CAG are May 30 and June 27 from Noon to 3pm. Learn more.

Get Creative Together!

ArtStarts at River Market in New Westminster is proudly supported by Westminster Savings, as part of their Project Better Balance program to provide access to arts and active living opportunities in the communities they serve. In this short video, discover what families have to say about playing, exploring and learning together in and through the arts.

Explore Past Workshops

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

Storytelling Improvisation with Carmel Amit and Theatrical Wonderland
April 25 & 26, 2015

My Space as a Self-Portrait Collage with Kyra Kelpin
March 28 & 29, 2015

The Little Prince with Monster Theatre
February 28 & March 1, 2015


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 Musical 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.