Is there a place in the city that you drive by all the time and say, “We should really go in there one day,” but you never actually go inside? The Gardiner Museum was that place for our family. Situated on Queen’s Park, right across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum, we have often wondered what might be inside the only museum in Canada focusing on ceramic arts. Well, I am happy to say that we were wondering what to do in Toronto last weekend and we finally visited the Gardiner Museum.
What to do in Toronto: Go on a Scavenger Hunt!
On a cold fall morning, we were welcomed into the natural light filled, open and airy museum. We were excited to discover that the Gardiner staff have created scavenger hunt handouts that kids can complete as they explore the museum collection. Reading the clues and searching for the scavenger hunt items was so much fun and educational. My girls learned all about ceramic arts from different regions of the world and different decades.
Animal Stories is the current ongoing exhibition at the Gardiner (running until January 14, 2014). Animal Stories showcases delightful ceramic pieces depicting animals in both fantastical and realistic forms. The exhibit was very child friendly and interactive. The girls sat down, read an animal themed book or two, and created their own animal sketches, which they then displayed on the museum wall.
Family Day at Gardiner Museum
Sundays at the Gardiner Museum are always Family Day. Which means that kids can get their hands dirty painting and sculpting with clay. My girls each made a clay elephant. So much fun…and free…with an adult admission to the museum (children under 12 visit for free).
We have already added a return trip to the Gardiner Museum to our list of what to do in Toronto this November. We are looking forward to seeing the fabulous 12 Trees of Christmas exhibit. The 12 Trees of Christmas involves top designers from the city designing and decorating 12 Christmas trees. The trees remain on display at the museum from November 23- December 15, after which time they are distributed to various charities around the city. This will be the 25th year that the Gardiner has been taking part in this incredible holiday tradition.