Children's Programs

Youth programming tours Collecting Histories exhibition

​Explore private, curated family programming experiences designed with your child in mind!

These exclusive programs are guided by one of our highly trained museum staff who will show you through the PumpHouse. There are two experiences to choose from.

We are diligently following all safety protocols. Learn more about our safety guidelines here.

Super-Duper Conductor:

1 Train, 2 Train, Red Train, Blue Train! Using trains as learning tools, let’s count and learn about patterns! In this private program, young learners explore trains and numbers while on a guided journey through the museum. The program also includes a complimentary activity kit that can be completed on-site or at home.

When: Wednesday – Saturday, 9:30a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Program Time: 45 minutes

Recommended for ages 0 – 4

Cost: $20 for groups up to 4 people; $30 for groups between 5 – 9 people

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Protective Detective:

It takes a village to maintain a museum! Learn how the museum professionals use knowledge of history, art, science, and even math to maintain the City Civic collection through an interactive tour. After, help solve the mystery of the artifact in the museum’s Discovery Centre. The program also includes a complimentary activity kit that can be completed on-site or at home

When: Wednesday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Program Time: 60 minutes

Recommended for ages 5 – 12

Cost: $20 for groups up to 4 people; $30 for groups between 5 – 9 people

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Visitor Safety

The PumpHouse delivers best practices for COVID-19 safety such as frequent cleaning of high contact surfaces and requiring face coverings for all guests inside the museum. For any program containing an individual under the age of 2 years old or a face covering exemption, staff are required to wear a face shield or goggles and a mask. Before booking, please review all of our safety protocols to keep our guests and staff safe.

Children must be accompanied by an adult for all children's programs.

There is only one group ticket available per timeslot. Learning pods are welcome. Group size cannot exceed 9 persons.

Ticketing Information

Please note: Our online ticket sales are supported by our sister site, Kingston Grand Theatre. When you click on the link to "Book Here"  a new window will open where you can complete your purchase. Please review the instructions below if you encounter any problems purchasing your ticket. We are working to improve this process and appreciate your patience and understanding.

1) When asked to select the number of seats required, please enter "1".   A single ticket is sold per available time slot - you will be asked in the next window to select the program and group size.

Screen capture of the no. of seats required screen, showing 1 seat being selected​

2) On the Price Code page, please select which program you would like to book and your group size from the drop-down menu. For example, if you would like to book the Super Duper Conductor program (ages 0-4) for a group of 6 people, you would select "Super Duper Conductor: 5-9" in the drop-down menu for a group of 5 to 9 people.

Children's programs, ticket type screen

3) Guests using the Safari browser on iPhone may receive a prompt to accept cookies from Please select allow to continue with the payment process. Users that are redirected back to the PumpHouse website should review their default browser settings before reattempting their purchase.

4) When checking out, you will be asked to select a delivery option. Please select "Print at Home" to print a copy of your ticket and receive an email with a link to your mobile ticket. Do not select the "Pickup at Box Office" option.​

Choose print at home option