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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Family activities

Tuesday 4 October 2022 – Friday 4 October 2024

Art cart
Art cart
Art cart
Art cart

Art cart

10:00am, Sat 24 Sep until Sun 9 Oct

Our popular art cart is back for the school holidays! This is where you can get all creative during your visit if the mood takes you, responding to our latest exhibition the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play

Portrait play onsite

10:30am, Tue 4 Oct until Fri 7 Oct

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required
Big Fella Rain
Big Fella Rain
Big Fella Rain
Big Fella Rain

Story time

Big Fella Rain

10:30am, Wed 5 Oct

Big Fella Rain is a celebration of the transition from dry season to wet season in a country that is like no other place in the world.

Bookings required
Big Fella Rain
Big Fella Rain
Big Fella Rain
Big Fella Rain

Story time online

Big Fella Rain

10:30am, Thu 6 Oct
Live online

Big Fella Rain is a celebration of the transition from dry season to wet season in a country that is like no other place in the world.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

Spring 2022

10:30am, Wed 26 Oct

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

Spring 2022

10:30am, Thu 27 Oct

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

Spring 2022

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 28 Oct

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Mr Tim
Mr Tim
Mr Tim
Mr Tim

Drawn In

Mr Tim

1:00pm, Sun 30 Oct

Join us in the Gallery and draw while listening to Mr Tim journey around the world through rock music!

Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones

Drawn in

Smith & Jones

1:00pm, Sun 13 Nov

Draw while listening to Smith & Jones, made up of keyboard player and vocalist Abby Smith, and guitarist and vocalist Sophie Jones.

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 23 Nov

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 24 Nov

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 25 Nov

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery

Family space

Who am I?

10:00am, Sat 17 Dec until Sun 29 Jan

We have free creative activities for families to enjoy together inspired by WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bella Groove
Bella Groove
Bella Groove
Bella Groove

Drawn in

Bella Groove

1:00pm, Wed 28 Dec

Draw while listening to Bella Groove as they play an assortment of originals alongside familiar jazz and blues tunes.

Salar Ayoubi
Salar Ayoubi
Salar Ayoubi
Salar Ayoubi

Drawn in

Salar Ayoubi

1:00pm, Mon 2 Jan

Draw while listening to live music performed by Salar Ayoubi. Salar is an Iranian oud player, playing Persian and Kurdish songs.

Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play

Portrait Play

My favourite things

10:30am, Tue 3 Jan until Fri 27 Jan

Join us in the Gallery this school holidays and explore portraits of people with the things they love.

Bookings required
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?

Story time

Do you want to meet your Grandma?

10:30am, 1:00pm, Mon 16 Jan

Listen to a lively reading of Do you want to meet your grandma? by author SV Middleby, followed by some creative craft activities.

Bookings required
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?

Story time

Do you want to meet your Grandma?

10:30am, Tue 17 Jan
Live online

Listen online to a lively reading of Do you want to meet your grandma? by author SV Middleby, then create your own visual response with materials found around the house.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 18 Jan until Fri 20 Jan

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.

Drawn in

Pop Up Choir

1:00pm, Sun 19 Feb

Draw while listening to the Pop Up Choir, singing songs that will leave your toes tapping and heart full.

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 22 Feb until Fri 24 Feb

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

9:30am, Fri 24 Feb

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required

More events

Saturday 5 October 2024 – Tuesday 6 October 2026
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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