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!

Seeds for Bees!
A Make and Take-Home Activity to Help Save the Bees
with Lori Weidenhammer

Did you know bees help plants make seeds? Did you know seeds help make plants that feed bees? Join artist and beekeeper Lori Weidenhammer to explore the fascinating world of seeds and seedpods. Make seedy care packages for the bees in your garden or as a gift for your favourite gardener. Use your imagination to create your own inspiring seed packet designs to celebrate and feed the bees!

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)

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

with Metaphor

Metaphor is a crew of hip-hop artists who build community empowerment and social justice through their performance and facilitation. Metaphor's latest show, Elements, combines poetry, rap, turntablism, beatbox, percussion and interactive music. Elements come together to form a greater whole. As the artists perform their individual talents, the show begins to synthesize their skills and expose the power that is inherent when we all connect and unite. These artists use music and participatory games to explore themes of inclusion, exclusion, bullying and acceptance.

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

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

Please note there are no ArtStarts on Saturdays or ArtStarts at River Market events scheduled in December.

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 Saturday, September 26, Saturday, October 31 and Saturday, November 28 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!

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

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.