Activities for Children & Families

We have lots of in-person and online activities for our families to follow and plenty of activities to take part in and explore whilst you’re in the gallery spaces too.

Artist Carousel –
Wed 26 October, 11am – 3pm. Drop in – no need to book.
Our Artist Carousel will invite you to explore three different arts and craft activities. Make your way around each activity, exploring different media and methods to create your very own items to take away.

This is a free drop-in event so no need to book, just come along. Activities are recommended for 5+ with younger children requiring adult support. Children must be supervised at all times.

Halloween Storytime with Mama G
Fri 28 Oct – 11 – 11.45am, 12.30 – 1.15pm and 2 – 2.45pm – Bookable via Eventbrite

Join Mama G as she tells her spooktacular stories, to children and their families, about being who you want and loving who you are. This session will be bursting with stories and songs that the whole family will love! There’ll be fun, laughter and lots of sequins.

“Mama G’s stories are sprinkled with tales of inclusivity and acceptance.” – The Guardian

Please book tickets for everyone attending, including adults and children. Guests will not be permitted without the required tickets.

Scavenger Hunt
Across October half term we are excited to be part of Kids In Museums Mega Museum Challenge.
Kids can go on their very own adventure by seeing if they can ‘Spot Ten Random Things’ from the activity sheet at their local museum – from the biggest thing to the tiniest thing, the funniest to the grossest! Then try out some top drawing tips and tricks to help them take part in a Doodle Challenge to draw their favourite thing they find at the museum.

Check back here soon to download your own Museum Challenge Sheet or pick one up in person on your visit.

Alexandra Park Heritage Trail

Explore the history and importance of Alexandra Park with this family friendly trail. Download the trail and complete it self-guided during park opening hours.
Alexandra Park Heritage Trail (PDF)

Online Heroes – Join in the fun with our online maker videos

We have loads of fun activities that you can get involved with from home. Download our latest activities sheets and follow our how-to films; all our activities use materials that you’ll find around the house.

It Came From the Deep… | Visit OMA YouTube Channel

From the watery depths it came with a snap, snap, snap! The Ichthyosaur – a dolphin like creature from Jurassic times. Artist Dominic Harbot shows us how to make our own snapping puppet monstrosity based upon the  largest fossil in Gallery Oldham’s geology collection!

Rain Cloud Mobile | Visit OMA YouTube Channel

Join artist Alison Cooper and make your own colourful rain cloud mobile to decorate your home. Using simple coloured paper you will be able to make a 3D cloud and a rainbow cascade of rain drops.

Fishy Fun | Visit OMA YouTube Channel

Discover how to make a fantastic 3D fish with artist Fay Buchanan.  Raid the recycling for a plastic bottle, tissue paper and some card and get creative!

Amazing Ammonites| Visit OMA YouTube Channel

Ammonites were marine animals that lived 400 – 65 million years ago, they became extinct at the same time as dinosaurs. These fossils are amazing to look at with their mathematical spiral shape and the often pearl-like colours of the rocks.

Join artist Isobel Pickup as we use the spiral as our starting point and experiment with cardboard and collage to create a beautiful mixed media relief picture of an ammonite.

Oldham Owl | Visit OMA YouTube Channel

Did you know that the symbol of Oldham was an owl? Join artist Fay Buchanan to create a beautiful feathery friend. Her easy step-by-step guide is simple to follow and you can customise your owl with buttons and patterned material to give it a unique look!

Colours of Autumn | Visit OMA YouTube Channel

We’re back for another Super Saturday activity this weekend. Artist Dom Harbot is experimenting with the colours of autumn inspired by Gallery Oldham’s painting Scarlet and Green in Brown by Patrick Heron. Learn some painting techniques & create your own masterpiece. ⁠

Nature Frames | Visit OMA YouTube Channel

Artist Isobel Pickup shows us how to create an autumn picture frame in this online workshop. We’re getting weaving with some lovely strips of fabric. Just watch the film below and get inspired by the natural materials around you.

Paper Flowers | Visit OMA YouTube Channel

Follow this step by step guide created by artist Alison Cooper. Craft some beautiful paper flowers inspired by the artwork Tradition by Bangladeshi artist Abdus Shakoor Shah which is part of Gallery Oldham’s art collection. All you’ll need are scissors, coloured paper, a pencil, ruler and glue.

Watch below or follow the link to take part:

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Image: Pixpoetry on Unsplash

Puppet Theatre Activity Sheet

This week we’re creating our own shadow puppet theatre and sock puppets. What stories can you tell using your own mini theatre. Why not put on a production for friends and family via Zoom or FaceTime?

Do It Yourself Art Gallery At Home

Fancy curating your own art gallery at home? We’re learning about Matisse’s masterpieces created with cutouts, sculpting our own Picasso faces, crafting our own posh picture frames and creating colourful circle paintings inspired by Kandinsky.

Please share your masterpieces with us on Facebook and Instagram @galleryoldham using the hashtag #galleryoldham.

You can also download all our past fun craft ideas below.

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Image Credit: Mathilde Decourcelle on Unsplash

Fairy Houses PDF

Cardboard Creations PDF

Make a Shoebox Football Game PDF

Keep the Boredom at Bay PDF

Be Kind Activities PDF

Milk Carton Makes PDF

Circe Colouring Sheet

Girl in a Wood Colouring Sheet

White Mountain Colouring Sheet

The Drinking Place Colouring Sheet 

More Creative challenges and crafty makes!

We have been working with local artists and makers to create some brilliant video guides to help you make something at home. We will be adding more so watch this space! You can also find loads more creative challenges from our arts, heritage and libraries teams at Take Part Oldham

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Granny’s Gallery Treasure Hunt

Meet Gran, a lovely ol’ octogenarian from Yorkshire who has made a special treasure hunt just for you…yes you. It’s designed to be played in your home. The aim is to find all 7 clues and complete all 7 tasks before tea time! To take part in the fun, click here, and in the words of Gran, ‘Off you go!’.

Make a Rainbow Mobile Window Decoration

Artist Gordon Banks demonstrates how to create and decorate your own rainbow mobile with a variety of materials, inspired by our outdoor and indoor environment. You can watch his video here

Download the template or choose your very own designs!

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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