Activities for Children & Families

Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities, events and workshops for children & families of all ages. From our early years sessions to our small cinema viewings there’s always something to bring your little ones to.

As well as our regular events, we also have activities in our gallery spaces and landings which are linked to our exhibitions. We also guarantee to have at least one family friendly exhibition at all times.

Super Saturdays Creative Family FunSuper Saturday collage

Be inspired by our exhibitions! We’ve artist led craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family on the first Saturday of the month.

Drop in activities, no need to book.

All Super Saturday activities run 1 – 3pm and are FREE.

Our next Super Saturdays are on  Saturday 5 May, 2 June, 7 July, 4 August, 1 September.

Join our extra special Super Saturday as we take part in the Fun Palace festival on Sat 6 October, drop in from 11am – 3pm to take part in our annual drawing festival!



GO Baby!

Let your baby take the lead and explore the gallery through their eyes. Our popular GO Baby programme for 0 – 2 year olds and their families uses sounds, textures and sensory play to bring our spaces to life.

Just drop in – no need to book.

Our free weekly sessions are on every Thursday from 10.30 -12.00 (term time only)

Call 0161 770 4741 or email for more information.



GO Explorers

Have fun and explore the world through creative and messy play in our weekly
sensory sessions for children aged 2-4 and their families. Everyone is welcome, so come along
and have-a-go! 

GO Explorers is a mix of creative and messy play. Please wear appropriate clothing, aprons and gloves can be provided.

Booking essential, just £3.50 per child, per session. Book Online.

Every Friday 10.30 – 11.30 (term time only)

Call 0161 770 4741 or email for more informatiion. 




Holiday fun at Gallery Oldham

Free family activities take place during all school holidays. Activities run from 1 – 4pm each day. Face painting and craft activities at each session.
Most suitable for ages 4–10 years.

Children must be accompanied by an adult for all family activities.

All holiday activities are free with face painting for just £2.

Half-term: Tue 29, Wed 30 and Thu 31 May

Summer: Mon 23 and Tue 24 July, Mon 30 and Tue 31 July, Mon 6 and Tue 7 August,
Mon 13 and Tue 14 August

Half-term: Mon 29, Tue 30 and Wed 31 October

Free – no need to book, just drop-in from 1–4pm.

GO Wild!

Sat 21 April & Sat 18 August, 1 – 3 pm

Explore the seasonal surprises that nature brings and have fun with a mix of science, nature and creativity. Most suitable for 4 – 10 years. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Book online or call 0161 770 4742.




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