Children's Programs

Update Thursday, April 1, 2021:

The museum is temporarily closed as directed in compliance with the province-wide lockdown.

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

Book Here (Please note: booking is unavailable at this time while the museum is temporarily closed for exhibition turnover.)

Refuge Level 1:

Imagine you had to leave your home behind and move to a place you didn’t know. In Refuge L1 students explore themes related to the refugee experience, including fear, displacement, and refuge. The program introduces children to the concept of refuge through the eyes of the character, Lubna. Together, we will read a story, explore the exhibition, and create a piece of art reflecting our experience.

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 – 9 

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

Book Here (Please note: booking is unavailable at this time while the museum is temporarily closed for exhibition turnover.)

Refuge Level 2:

Refugees often face a challenging and often even dangerous journey. In Refuge L2, students unpack some of the key terms and facts surrounding the refuge experience. Students explore the big question, “Is Canada’s response to refugees something I can be proud of?” 

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

Program Time: 60 minutes

Recommended for ages 9 – 13 

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

Book Here (Please note: booking is unavailable at this time while the museum is temporarily closed for exhibition turnover.)

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.

Please note, the Discovery Centre is not available as an interactive space at the present time due to health and safety restrictions related to COVID-19.