Families

We offer accessible, fun and inspiring activities for the whole family to enjoy throughout MK Gallery, from workshops, cinema screenings and self-led activities to accompany your visit to our exhibitions.

Art Club (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2)

Creative weekly afterschool workshops with MK Gallery’s Associate Artists exploring different art forms and media with an opportunity to complete the Explore or Discover Arts Award if attending six sessions or more.

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Start The Art

Start the Art explores art in all its forms, offering fun, sensory and playful artist-led activity designed to inspire curiosity.

For parents and carers with children under 5.

There are three 45 minutes sessions.

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Art & Us

MK Gallery’s inclusive practice in the arts programme, Art & Us, is designed with and for children aged 5+ with complex support needs and their families.

These weekly one and a half hour sessions enable families to work directly with an artist to explore their creative interests through a wide range of stimulating and playful activities. Family members can enjoy spending time together in an environment which is creative, accessible, fun and understanding of everyone’s needs.

You can find out more about signing up to Art and Us sessions by contacting Sophie Bennett via email or on 01908 558 319. Sophie will also be able to answer any questions that you may have about access requirements.

Sessions take place on Sundays at 11am – 12.30pm and 2 – 3.30pm and cost £5 per family

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Visiting Exhibitions

MK Gallery welcomes families to visit all of our exhibitions, but we know that visiting an art gallery can sometimes feel overwhelming for parents with children.

Our team have put together exhibition specific activities for you to do together. Pick up an activity sheet or family guide from our front desk when you arrive, to accompany your visit, or to take with you to continue the fun at home.

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Family Friendly Café

Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am our Café Bar is family friendly and is a great place to take a break when visiting our exhibition, have lunch following a family film in our Sky Room Cinema or just to pop in for a babyccino and a slice of cake.

Kids meal deal: £4.50 includes a sandwich, a drink, and three other items of your choice from our grab and go fridge.

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Playscape - free children's play area

The Playscape is MK Gallery’s free outdoor play area, open everyday of the year, making it a perfect place to burn off some steam whether you’re visiting an exhibition or just passing by.

The Playscape is designed by artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, and our bespoke play equipment takes inspiration from infrastructural elements of early Milton Keynes design. Try leap frogging over the yellow bollards and can you climb to the top of the street lamp?

Explore MK Gallery - Family Guide

Our child-friendly Family Guide can be used to help families explore the Gallery and its premises, with fun activities for children to enjoy. Available to pick up for free from the Gallery.