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 6 October,  3 November, 1 December, 5 January, 2 February, 2 March, 6 April

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!

The Ugly Animal Roadshow

Saturday 27 October, 1 -2pm and 3 -4pm

Cute don’t cut it in the animal kingdom. So we’re booting adorable out the door, and welcoming in the most
monstrous, hideous, odious, fabulous creatures we could find! Explore the incredible biology of the world’s ugliest
animals. Find out what adaptations make them amazing and how such hideous creatures evolved in the first place.

Cost: £2 per person, per performance. Booking essential.
Part of Manchester Science Festival 

Illuminate

Friday 22 February, 6 – 9pm

See Oldham in a new light as the town’s late night arts festival returns. Gallery Oldham will open late and come alive with a range of illuminating events, creative installations and live performances.

Take part in Illuminate and join us for free family lantern making workshops on Saturday 9, Saturday 16, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 February, 10am–4pm.
Free – no need to book, just drop-in. T: 0161 770 3070

GO Wild!

Sat 24 November, 26 January and 27 April, 1 -3pm

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.

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.

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

Christmas: 15 December

Spring Half-term: Mon 18 and Tue 19 February

Easter: Mon 8, Tue 9, Mon 15 and Tue 16 April

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


 

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