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  2 November and 7 December 2019, 4 January, 1 February, 7 March and 4 April 2020


GO Wild!
Saturday 26 October 2019, 25 January and 25 April 2020, 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.

All activities are free, Book online or call 0161 770 4742.

Illuminate Festival
Friday 21 February 2020, 6 -9 pm

Drop in – free, no need to book

See Oldham in a new light as the town’s late-night art festival returns for the this year. 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 making workshops on Saturday 8 and Saturday 15 February, 10am – 4pm.

For more information please contact Arts Development, 0161 770 3070.

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.

October Half-term: Mon 28, Tues 29 and Wed 30 October 2019

Christmas Fun: Sat 14 December – activities linked to our Small Cinema screening of The Grinch

February Half-term: Mon 17, Tue 18 and Wed 19 February 2020

Easter Holidays: Mon 6, Tues 7, Tues 14, Wed 15 April 2020

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