NGV Under 4s,National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

The National Gallery of Victoria is a fantastic family-friendly destination and every month they run ‘NGV Under 4s‘, a specially developed program for kids 2-4 years where they get to discover the gallery through look and making activities with their parents/carers.

The theme changes every month and three 60 minute sessions at 10, 11:30 and 1pm are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month at NGV International.

Baby 2.0 and I have attended various sessions in 2017.

The first February session is based on the temporary painting exhibition Shut Up and Paint.

The session starts with an in-gallery visit where around 20 kids and their carers are asked to pick a colour swatch and then to spot the colour in the works around them.

NGV Under 4s,National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Then we all troop off to the education centre on Level 1 where a painting session is set up. The kids match their colour swatch to a pot of paint and then start dabbing paint on the wall – right behind a (replica) Degas. It’s like a rainbow of cuteness!

NGV Under 4s,National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

So that everyone has a chance to take artwork home the kids then free paint on A4 sheets.

The session ends with a storytime while we wait for the paintings to dry. It’s Herve Tullet’s ‘Mix It Up’, a fantastically interactive picture book all about mixing colours. We also leave with a coupon for a free babycino with any tea/coffee purchase from the Gallery Kitchen.

NGV under 4s

The second time we visit we are inside the gallery’s ‘Love: Art of Emotion‘ exhibition where we read a book before making a musical bracelet and ending with a song.  NGV under 4s

Our next visit is in June and we’re inspired by one of the pieces in the temporary exhibition Creating the Contemporary Chair to create our own paper plate shark.

NGV under 4s

NGV under 4s

At $15 per child ($12 for NGV members) the NGV Under 4s sessions are a good value introduction to the world of art in a professional gallery. Note there can a bit of schlepping around the gallery, particularly if you have a pram and have to use lifts.  

The next sessions of NGV Under 4s are Wednesday 19 July and Wednesday 9 August and bookings are essential. 


HOT Tips:

  • suitable for kids 2-4 years;
  • Only children need a ticket ($15 per child), adults do not need a ticket;
  • bookings essential; and
  • includes a free babycino with any tea/coffee purchase from the Gallery Kitchen.

NGV Under 4sNational Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne +61 3 8662 1555

Generally second Wednesday of the month, bookings required.

$15 child / $12 members, including free babycino with any tea/coffee purchase from Gallery Kitchen

Gallery open 10am–5pm daily

 

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