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HOT: NGV Under 4s Art Classes, National Gallery Of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

HOT: NGV Under 4s art classes, 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 Thursday 15 March and Tuesday 10 April 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.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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