Activities for Children & Families
We have lots of in-person and online activities for our families to follow and plenty of activities to take part in and explore whilst you’re in the gallery spaces too.
GO Saturdays –
Saturday 23 July and 17 September, 11am – 3pm. Drop in – no need to book.
Take part in GO Saturdays, our newest sessions where you will explore the galleries collections and exhibitions whilst working with various artists. Learn new techniques and explore everything there is to know about the wonderful world of art and artists.
Summer Reading Challenge –
July – September, various dates and times, bookable via Eventbrite.
We’ve teamed up with our neighbours at Oldham Libraries to support this year’s Summer Reading Challenge! The challenge is brought to you by the Reading Agency and encourages children and young people aged 5+ to read a new book each week over the summer holidays.
Across the six weeks we will have lots of FREE activities for families to take part in from slime making to painting robots. Taking part is free but we do require pre-booking to ensure we have enough supplies for everyone to have the best experience.
Bookings can be made via Eventbrite.
Sign Up Saturday –
23 July, 11am – 3pm. Drop in – No need to book.
Join Oldham Library and Gallery Oldham for Sign Up Saturday, take part in creative activities, visit our spaces and sign up to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge!
Alexandra Park Heritage Trail
Explore the history and importance of Alexandra Park with this family friendly trail. Download the trail and complete it self-guided during park opening hours.
Alexandra Park Heritage Trail (PDF)
Online Heroes – Join in the fun with our online maker videos
We have loads of fun activities that you can get involved with from home. Download our latest activities sheets and follow our how-to films; all our activities use materials that you’ll find around the house.
It Came From the Deep… | Visit OMA YouTube Channel
From the watery depths it came with a snap, snap, snap! The Ichthyosaur – a dolphin like creature from Jurassic times. Artist Dominic Harbot shows us how to make our own snapping puppet monstrosity based upon the largest fossil in Gallery Oldham’s geology collection!
Rain Cloud Mobile | Visit OMA YouTube Channel
Join artist Alison Cooper and make your own colourful rain cloud mobile to decorate your home. Using simple coloured paper you will be able to make a 3D cloud and a rainbow cascade of rain drops.
Fishy Fun | Visit OMA YouTube Channel
Discover how to make a fantastic 3D fish with artist Fay Buchanan. Raid the recycling for a plastic bottle, tissue paper and some card and get creative!
Amazing Ammonites| Visit OMA YouTube Channel
Ammonites were marine animals that lived 400 – 65 million years ago, they became extinct at the same time as dinosaurs. These fossils are amazing to look at with their mathematical spiral shape and the often pearl-like colours of the rocks.
Join artist Isobel Pickup as we use the spiral as our starting point and experiment with cardboard and collage to create a beautiful mixed media relief picture of an ammonite.
Oldham Owl | Visit OMA YouTube Channel
Did you know that the symbol of Oldham was an owl? Join artist Fay Buchanan to create a beautiful feathery friend. Her easy step-by-step guide is simple to follow and you can customise your owl with buttons and patterned material to give it a unique look!
Colours of Autumn | Visit OMA YouTube Channel
We’re back for another Super Saturday activity this weekend. Artist Dom Harbot is experimenting with the colours of autumn inspired by Gallery Oldham’s painting Scarlet and Green in Brown by Patrick Heron. Learn some painting techniques & create your own masterpiece.
Nature Frames | Visit OMA YouTube Channel
Artist Isobel Pickup shows us how to create an autumn picture frame in this online workshop. We’re getting weaving with some lovely strips of fabric. Just watch the film below and get inspired by the natural materials around you.
Paper Flowers | Visit OMA YouTube Channel
Follow this step by step guide created by artist Alison Cooper. Craft some beautiful paper flowers inspired by the artwork Tradition by Bangladeshi artist Abdus Shakoor Shah which is part of Gallery Oldham’s art collection. All you’ll need are scissors, coloured paper, a pencil, ruler and glue.
Watch below or follow the link to take part: https://youtu.be/CXJPz9QYIpk
This week we’re creating our own shadow puppet theatre and sock puppets. What stories can you tell using your own mini theatre. Why not put on a production for friends and family via Zoom or FaceTime?
Fancy curating your own art gallery at home? We’re learning about Matisse’s masterpieces created with cutouts, sculpting our own Picasso faces, crafting our own posh picture frames and creating colourful circle paintings inspired by Kandinsky.
Please share your masterpieces with us on Facebook and Instagram @galleryoldham using the hashtag #galleryoldham.
You can also download all our past fun craft ideas below.
More Creative challenges and crafty makes!
We have been working with local artists and makers to create some brilliant video guides to help you make something at home. We will be adding more so watch this space! You can also find loads more creative challenges from our arts, heritage and libraries teams at Take Part Oldham
Granny’s Gallery Treasure Hunt
Meet Gran, a lovely ol’ octogenarian from Yorkshire who has made a special treasure hunt just for you…yes you. It’s designed to be played in your home. The aim is to find all 7 clues and complete all 7 tasks before tea time! To take part in the fun, click here, and in the words of Gran, ‘Off you go!’.
Make a Rainbow Mobile Window Decoration
Artist Gordon Banks demonstrates how to create and decorate your own rainbow mobile with a variety of materials, inspired by our outdoor and indoor environment. You can watch his video here
Download the template or choose your very own designs!
Kids in Museums – Museums of the Year shortlisted nominee 2015>
Manchester Life Magazine – Exhibition of the year nominee 2015
Museums and Heritage Award for Excellence – Project on a limited budget shortlist 2016
Visit England – Family Friendly Finalist 2017
Curious Minds – Northwest Cultural Education Awards, Inclusive Partnership nominee 2017
Henshaws – Visual Impairment Friendly Business of the Year nominee 2018