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ArtStarts on Saturdays & ArtStarts at River Market

Looking for fun, free things to do with kids in the Lower Mainland? ArtStarts is pleased to offer free arts-based events for kids and families each month—in both Vancouver and New Westminster. Join some of the best artists working with young people for performances and workshops that explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines. Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11am and 1pm. Please arrive a little early as this is a popular program. Ideal for ages 8 and under, but all are welcome. Free! Donations welcome.

 

Attention: The lift at our Vancouver location is currently out of order until further notice. Please read more information here.

If you have any questions about these free family performances, contact our Program Manager, Leah Horlick at [email protected]

  • ArtStarts offers us something special each month we always look forward to it.
  • My daughter says it was awesome and she wishes she could do it every day!
  • This was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with my son—making art!
  • Thanks for bringing this to our 'hood. You are helping us to raise active and bright kids.
  • What an incredible performance! It was thoroughly enjoyed by our kids and by us, the parents. Thank you!
  • Wonderful, inspiring and fun workshop! Will use the skills at home, too.
  • Coming to ArtStarts in my community is always the highlight of the weekend.
  • The kids loved it and dad really got into it too - surfaced some amazing hidden artistic talents!
  • Great! Educational! Fun! Artistic!
Drag Story, Stitch and Share

Drag Story, Stitch and Share

The Contemporary Art Gallery and ArtStarts invite you to a special ArtStarts on Saturday event which brings together storytelling and creative adornment making.

Families are invited to enjoy activities at both locations. At 11am and 1pm, head to ArtStarts for a story hour with drag artists Bo Dyp and Rose Butch followed by do-it-yourself face paint. From 11am–3pm, drop into CAG for beadwork activities inspired by Olivia Whetung’s exhibition Sugarbush Shrapnel as well as storytelling at 2:30pm.

Bo Dyp and Rose Butch will both be reading aloud a story for young people and families and performing a family-friendly drag number! After the show, you can ask them questions about performing and the stories they read!

Suitable for children 10 and under

Saturday, November 30, 2019, 11am and 1pm
ArtStarts Gallery (808 Richards St, Vancouver BC)

Drag Story Hour at River Market

Drag Story Hour at River Market

Join drag artists Thanks Jem and Mx Bukuru for a story hour at the River Market in New Westminster! Thanks Jem and Mx Bukuru will both be reading aloud a story for young people and families and performing a family-friendly drag number! After the show, you can ask them questions about performing and the stories they read! You can try out doing your own facepaint after the show!

Suitable for children 10 and under

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 11am and 1pm
River Market (810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC)

More Fun Down the Block

More Fun Down the Block

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. CAG Family Art Day events are planned on the last Saturday of the month from Noon to 3pm. Learn more.
Family Fundays at the Anvil Centre

Family Fundays at the Anvil Centre

Enjoy a mini Family Day adventure in downtown New West! Start at River Market for ArtStarts’ free family programming then head to Anvil Centre for exceptional, creative family-friendly activities in New Media Gallery (Learning Lab), New West Museum and the 4th floor cultural studios. Free drop-in, all ages welcome.

Sunday, November 24, 12-3pm

Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster

For more information about this month’s activities head here.

More Events

More Events

Discover more upcoming events, and read stories about our past community events.

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Westminster Savings is committed to increasing access to active living and the arts in our communities through their Project Better Balance.