Learn and have fun with us as a family – and help us to see our artworks with fresh eyes. With a different theme each month and links to our collection and exhibitions, our Children and Families regular programme offers a unique experience for all family members.
Family Sundays are free creative sessions, held at the Sainsbury Centre and in the Sculpture Park. Suitable for all ages, these workshops are perfect for the whole family. Pop in and see us on the following Sunday mornings to look, explore, draw, and more! No need to book, just drop in between 11am and 12.30pm.
19 September I (Outdoor Explore): Building
3 October I Repetition and Sequence
17 October I (Outdoor Explore): Patterns in Nature
7 November I Creative Fire
21 November I (Outdoor Explore) On the Trail
5 December I Structure and Form
Please make sure that you wear suitable clothing. Outdoor Explore sessions will take place outside in the Sculpture Park so wrap up warm, wear suitable footwear, and waterproof clothing if necessary.
This two-hour workshop aimed at 5-11-year olds and their families is a chance to explore new materials and ideas together. You’ll get a great selection of resources to experiment with, and expert advice from one of our associate artists.
25 September: Constructivism, 10.30am -12.30pm
27 November: Leiko Ikemura, 10.30am -12.30pm
Pay what you can (suggested donation £7 per young person). Booking will open 3 weeks in advance of each workshop on our What’s On.
We are offering fun half day workshops on the theme of ‘Order and Chaos’ for 7- 16’s who would like to delve deeper into the wonderful artwork, architecture and natural surroundings of the Sainsbury Centre. Sessions are split into two different age categories, one for ages 7 – 11 and another for ages 12 – 16. However young people and their adults can decide which they feel would be most appropriate for them.
26 October: 7-11-year olds, 10am – 1.30pm
27 October: 12-16-year olds, 10am – 1.30pm
Pay what you can (suggested donation £10 per young person). Booking will open 3 weeks in advance of each workshop on our What’s On.
Get stuck into some open-ended multi-sensory fun with your pre-schooler in this bi-monthly 2 hour workshop. Each one will be led by one of our associate artists, who are experts in engaging the very youngest children with new experiences and playful ideas. Suitable for under 6’s and an accompanying adult.
21 October: Lots and Lots, 10.30am – 12.15pm
9 December: Making Shapes, 10.30am – 12.15pm
Pay what you can (suggested donation £7 per child). Booking will open 3 weeks in advance of each workshop on our What’s On.
Sculpture Park Pocket Map
The Sculpture Park is an outdoor space full of fascinating art, architecture and nature. Explore the fields, woods and University of East Anglia broad with children of all ages. Now you can download our exciting new Sculpture Park Pocket Map, designed for young people and packed with information and activities. Find it here.
If you aren’t planning a visit, there are lots of other exciting activities in Online Studio, which you can do at home. There are simple ideas for creative play, mini workshops inspired by our collection and a selection of our popular Family Sunday activities to try out for yourself.
We Are Here
Our family advocacy group will help us develop our offering to children and families. We will do this by opening up conversations between staff at the Sainsbury Centre, parents and carers, and young people during a series of fun, informal activities and events. If you’d like to know more, get in touch with Rach at the address below.
We love to work with families as we gain so much from the individual and particular understandings that they bring. Children learn how different materials behave when twisted or stroked or dropped or drawn on or drawn with. Parents bring their knowledge of stories and traditions within their own family. For these reasons, the Sainsbury Centre looks forward to welcoming your family.