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Children & Families

Kids and families enjoy creating with clay at a Family Sunday. Photo by Pardeep Singh

We’re taking a phased approach with the re-opening of our facilities. Most major civic facilities including Parks, Recreation & Culture and Library facilities remain closed until early September and possibly longer, dependent on three key factors: public safety, demand for service by the public in light of COVID-19 and related fiscal implications.

Staff are currently reviewing each facility alongside this criteria. Please follow for facility re-opening updates.

Surrey Art Gallery is a place for everyonewe have something for both the young and young at heart. We believe in introducing kids to art as this can lead to life-long learning. Check out our opportunities for children and families below!

New! Self-Guided Art Stations & Art Explorer

We have many ways for you to engage with artwork every day that we’re open! Look for our Art Explorer, ArtThinker, and ArtMaker stations as you walk around the building to do exactly what they suggest—think about, make, and explore art! We want to encourage your creativity and enhance your understanding of the art in this space.

Art Explorer Guide

When you arrive, pick up an Art Explorer Guide for your kids near the front entrance. Our friendly art monsters in this booklet lead you around the Surrey Arts Centre, pointing out things to notice and asking imaginative questions about what you feel and see in our permanent artworks. When you complete the booklet or one of the art activities, get an art monster stamp from the front desk and take home an art monster button!


No matter your age, grab an ArtThinker card to slow down and respond to what you’re experiencing through words, drawings, or whatever you’d like. The cards ask different questions to prompt your senses: What do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear? Take the card home with you or leave it behind to share with others.


At our ArtMaker stations, use punch-out paper to create your own miniature sculpture inspired by Maurice Van Der Beke’s large spinning artwork Mandala After Prayer Wheel and Keith Rice-Jones’s Monumental Sculptures. Have fun experimenting and learning about movement, shapes, and 3D form in these hands-on activities.

Family Sundays

Create, explore, and enjoy art with family and friends! Developed to expand understanding of exhibitions, Family Sundays are free drop-in events that feature hands-on artmaking workshops with artist-educators in a range of mediums, art exploration activities in the Gallery, artist demonstrations, interactive live performances in the Studio Theatre, and more. Socialization and shared discovery are emphasized. Visit our Events page to see when the next one is coming up.

Art Together

Art Together is a drop-in program that provides opportunities for all ages to make art shoulder-to-shoulder with mentoring artists and to help design art initiatives with peers and Gallery staff.

Scouters Self-Guided Gallery Tours

Brownies, Girl Guides, and Boy Scouts groups can book a free visit to Surrey Art Gallery to learn about the artists and works on exhibit. Ask about our self-guided Art Explorer resource with ideas to guide your group’s discoveries in the galleries. Group leaders are encouraged to preview exhibitions.

Advance booking is required to ensure space for your group. Contact the Interpretive Programmer at or call 604-501-5566 to make a booking today.

Visual Art Classes

Discover how good it feels to get creative! We offer many courses and workshops each season for ages 3 to 17, as well as spring break camps in March and summer camps in July and August. Classes range from drawing, painting, and pottery to manga, coding, animation, and more.