Get Your Art On
Question: What do Frank Gehry’s architecture, the Group of Seven’s paintings and your children all have in common?
Answer: They are all astonishing achievements and things of beauty!
If you are home for the break, consider bringing your objects d’art out for some aesthetic inspiration—we’ve got just the plan to create some quality time, inspire your kids to appreciate art and do it all without spending too much cash.
Go to the Library
Start at the TPL (that’s Toronto Public Library, mom). For younger kids (3 – 6) we recommend The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. For older kids (7 – 13) Meet the Group of Seven by David Wistow, Kelly McKinley and the AGO. Order them online two or three days in advance and have them delivered to your local branch.
Very good to know: Take out a Sunlife Financial Museum and Arts Pass (MAP). Starting on March 7, you can borrow a FREE family pass to some of the city’s top cultural attractions, like the AGO, just like you borrow a book. Full details are on the Toronto Public Library site.
Head to the Gallery
Although the AGO has a great little café with lots of healthy options, we suggest you save the cash and BYOL (bring your own lunch). The gallery provides a clean and comfortable eating area on the concourse level.
If you’re driving, we recommend parking on McCaul or just past the Ontario College of Art and Design at the above ground parking lot (try NOT to park in the Village by the Grange parking lot).