Now that the children are on holiday, a great activity to do during the break is an art gallery visit. Most art galleries nowadays welcome children and have special facilites for them, meaning that a visit is both fun and educational. Here’s my rundown of the best UK art galleries to take the kids to this Christmas break.

The Tate Modern.

A favourite of many adults, this architectural spectacle of a gallery also offers interactive guides specifically for children, along with family trails and children’s art workshops. There’s even a whole website dedicated to art for children at Tate Kids. Every Saturday and Sunday, the gallery hosts “Weekend Sessions“, where kids can play and create with art materials after visiting the related artworks in the free collection displays.

The other Tates, that is, the Britain, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St Ives, aren’t short on children’s activities either. The Tate Britain’s Art Trolley Weekend Sessions are a simliar opportunity for kids to create their own work inspired by the greats, while Tate St Ives’ offers the Hepworth Family Activity Trail, which is only £2 including a sketchbook and simple art materials. The Tate Liverpool has lots of imaginative activities to offer, including the “Journey into Wonderland“, based on Sophie Cullinans’ Wonderland installation. There are a few days left to catch this particular event – the last day being on the 2nd of January.

Tate Kids art gallery

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

For art lovers north of the border, the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art runs a Saturday art club for children aged 3-11, along with story sessions and family art days. The Saturday art club is a drop in session which encourages you to get creative and messy! The sessions are popular, so there may be a short wait to join in.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Another great UK art gallery destination, the Wolverhampton Art Gallery is family-friendly as a whole. Along with drop in workshops and family art trails, the gallery offers a host of useful features such as high chairs, buggy parks, and even Hippychick hip seats, giving you an easy way to carry your little one around as you explore the gallery.


Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

For my final family-friendly UK gallery pick, I’m featuring Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. With its very fantastically illustrated kids’ website. The museum runs a non-stop calendar of family activities throughout the city, including art and craft workshops taking place every Saturday and Sunday and during school holidays. Visit their main website for more information.

Wishing you a happy and art-filled New Year from me and all at Art2Arts!