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!

with Jamie Oliviero

Stories have a power to bring people together. Join storyteller Jamie Oliviero to hear tales drawn from world folklore and new, original stories. Everyone is included. Everyone is drawn in. We are all part of the same creative community that wants to know 'what happens next'.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)

Fana Soro

Through interactions with individuals of diverse cultures, Fana Soro believes that young people build their understanding and appreciation for art and culture. Join Fana for an interactive workshop to explore the social and cultural significance of West African instruments and music.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, June 26, 2016 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 events at the CAG are from Noon to 3pm on Saturday May 28 and Saturday June 25.  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!

Direct Animation Workshop with Nisha Platzer and Ryder Thomas White, in partnership with Cineworks
April 30 & May 1, 2016


Pollen Loads with jasna guy 
March 26 & 27, 2016

Learn to Square Dance with Paul Silveria 
February 27 & 28, 2016

New Impressions: Making the Common, Exceptional with Julie McIntyre
January 30 & 31, 2016


Elements with Metaphor
November 28 & 29, 2015

Seeds for Bees! A Make and Take-Home Activity to Help Save the Bees with Lori Weidenhammer
October 31 & November 1, 2015


Hamelin: A New Fable with Axis Theatre Company 
September 26 & 27, 2015

Music for Movies, Games and Videos with Digital Guise
August 30 & 31, 2015

Exploring the Reggio Approach with Collage Collage 
July 25 & 26, 2015

Musical Adventures of Marco Polo with Boris Sichon
June 27 & 28, 2015

The Art of Capoeira with Axé Capoeira
May 30 & 31, 2015

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

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