Activities for Children & Families

Super Saturdays – Join in the fun with new ideas online 

We’re back with a digital Fun Palaces on Saturday 3 October! Our next online Super Saturdays are 10 October, 7 November and 5 December 2020.

We know that you can’t visit us at the moment but 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.

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Image: Pixpoetry on Unsplash

Puppet Theatre Activity Sheet

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?

Do It Yourself Art Gallery At Home

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.


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Milk Carton Makes PDF

We’re recycling our milk cartons and plastic bottles in this week’s activity. We’re creating bird feeders and mini planters so that you can grow your own cress and watch the birds as they visit your garden to grab a few seeds.⁠

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.

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Image Credit: Mathilde Decourcelle on Unsplash

Fairy Houses PDF

Cardboard Creations PDF

Make a Shoebox Football Game PDF

Keep the Boredom at Bay PDF

Be Kind Activities PDF

Circe Colouring Sheet

Girl in a Wood Colouring Sheet

White Mountain Colouring Sheet

The Drinking Place Colouring Sheet 

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 imageSummer Holiday Activity – 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!’.

Challenge 1 –  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>Museums of the Year image

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