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Family Day Monday: Tell a Family Tale, Sing a Family Tune

February 20

February 20, 2023

Art activities and workshops from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

(Registration required)

Movement & Music: Performing a Story

Special Family Sunday Kids Menu and Grab and Go options available at Cabin.

Tell a Family Tale, Sing a Family Tune

This Family Day, we’re celebrating the traditions of storytelling through art, theatre and music! In cultures around the world, stories have been handed down as family heirlooms for generations, a theme explored in the special exhibition Meryl McMaster: Bloodline. Drawing inspiration from McMaster’s photographs, which use storytelling and costumes to tell family histories, these Family Day activities will invite visitors to explore their own stories through music, art and theatre. Featuring a special afternoon performance by Little Red Theatre.

Note: registration required for the Movement & Music: Performing a Story Workshop.  Scroll below for details.

Art Activities and Workshops

Story Helpers, Drop-In Art Workshop

Time: 11 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 to 4:00 pm (ongoing)
Ages: 5 to 12
Location: Education Space

Inspired by the art of Meryl McMaster, this workshop will provide a treasure trove of the materials for children to create their own decorative objects or garments that tell the story of their family. Whether it’s an elaborate crown, a traditional staff or a family crest, your family history is the start but the only limit is your imagination!

Please note: your creation can also be used in our Movement and Music workshop led by TIFTPA (The Institute For The Performing Arts)

Storytelling Circle, Meryl McMaster’s Bloodline

Time: 10:30, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm (30 minutes each)
Ages: 5 to 12
Location: Starting in the Grand Hall

Join a 30-minute storytelling session that will reveal the stories behind Meryl McMaster’s photographs and discuss the meaning of the symbolic objects that fill her compositions.

The Elves, A Shoemaker and his Wife performed by Little Red Theatre

Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
All Ages
Location: Gallery 8

Enjoy a modern reimagining of the classic Brothers Grimm tale about the life and struggles of poor shoemaker Hans and his wife Martha. The couple, struggling to pay rent, receive an order for a pair of luxurious boots from an ambitious young rock musician. Uncover why cute but mysterious eleves suddenly appear to lend Hans and Martha a hand with their business. This presentation is a timeless tale of generosity, luck and fate, with a “puppety” twist!

Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Registration Required Programs

Movement & Music: Performing a Story Workshop

Time: 12 and 3 pm
Ages: 5 to 12
Location: Founders’ Lounge

Inspired by Meryl McMaster, this performance workshop will focus on personal storytelling through the use of movement, sound, and visual props. Led by TIFTPA (The Institute For The Performing Arts), this workshop will introduce children to communicating thoughts, ideas, feelings and stories through drama and music.

Registration required, A limited number of spots may become available 5 min prior to each workshop. To register please click below:


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