Past kids programs
03 Apr 2023 — 14 Apr 2023
Can we save our stories when the robots arrive? And how can a whalebone help with it?
23 Oct 2022 — 12 Mar 2023
See your creation take flight, soar to the ceiling and defy gravity by hovering high overhead… or just fall to the floor. It’s all about air and invention, with a little bit of mid-air mayhem!
Wind Tubes for toddlers
17 Feb 2023 — 10 Mar 2023
It’s Toddler Time! Join us for a Friday morning filled with flying, floating and fun!
30 Nov 2022 — 19 Feb 2023
Spinning discs and supersized Spirographs… come and play with the Drawing Machines!
Just Be Your Selfie
21 Nov 2022 — 29 Jan 2023
Join us this summer as we transform our Exhibition Gallery into a hands-on portrait studio for young makers.
Celebrate Your Selfie
28 Jan 2023 — 28 Jan 2023
Kids, come and take over the Gallery… it’s time to Celebrate Your Selfie at this exclusive Gallery party!
16 Jul 2022 — 03 Oct 2022
Imagine a flower...
Imagine a car...
Imagine a bird...
27 Jun 2022 — 08 Jul 2022
Award-winning Bunk Puppets, creators of ‘Swamp Juice’ and ‘Sticks Stones Broken Bones’, present this raucous, new, all-ages adventure!
25 Feb 2022 — 12 Jun 2022
Does your brain play tricks on you? Is my reality the same as yours?
Four Days of Fun
11 Apr 2022 — 14 Apr 2022
Join us in the Ipswich Community Gallery for Four Days of Fun!
Built for Speed
03 Dec 2021 — 06 Feb 2022
Start your engines... Built for Speed is back! Thrills, spills and awesome crashes are guaranteed!
LightPlay for Kids
02 Aug 2021 — 31 Oct 2021
Enter the dazzling world of LightPlay where children can explore their artistic potential in an interactive space created especially for them!
LightPlay Baby & Toddler
03 Aug 2021 — 29 Oct 2021
Calling all babies and toddlers! Come and enjoy an exciting experience in the LightPlay exhibition space.
On the Move
27 Feb 2021 — 18 Jul 2021
Enter an interactive transport world created in collaboration with illustrator James Gulliver Hancock.
23 Jun 2021 — 10 Jul 2021
Experience the thrill of discovery these school holidays!
Colour: See the world in a new light
12 Jun 2020 — 31 Aug 2020
See colour as you’ve never seen it before!
02 Dec 2019 — 16 Feb 2020
Unleash your inner engineer with the return of the popular Ball Run – an awesome hands-on activity within Construction Site Summer Fun.
02 Dec 2019 — 16 Feb 2020
Back bigger and better! Come and experience playing in the unique, immersive, multi-sensory STEM environment of the TapeScape!
Construction Site Summer Fun
02 Dec 2019 — 16 Feb 2020
Visit Construction Site for awesome, hands-on summer fun the whole family can enjoy.
Make a Scribble Machine
01 Jul 2019 — 12 Jul 2019
Make your own motorised scribble machine and take it home to keep!
Playing with Light
01 Dec 2018 — 28 Apr 2019
Step out of the darkness and into Playing with Light. This full-body interactive exhibition explores our big bright, colourful world full of light, lasers and lenses.
Slapdash Galaxy: A Bunk Puppets Show
22 Sep 2018 — 07 Oct 2018
Shadow puppets in space! Two brothers embark on an epic quest to find a new home planet.
31 Mar 2018 — 25 Apr 2018
Reach new heights these Easter school holidays at the Ipswich Art Gallery!
Built for Speed 2017
17 Nov 2017 — 18 Feb 2018
Start your engines, Built for Speed is back! Thrills, spills and awesome crashes are guaranteed!
Loose Ends: Theatre for Families
18 Sep 2017 — 01 Oct 2017
Experience extraordinary visual theatre, set in a wondrous tinkering heaven!
Play with Clay
16 Sep 2017 — 29 Sep 2017
Get your hands dirty when you Play with Clay at our free drop-in workshops these school holidays.
The real thing
20 Jul 2017 — 27 Aug 2017
Discover a kaleidoscope of epic proportions! Be mesmerized by the psychedelic imagery of The real thing a human-scaled, interactive kaleidoscope.
Towers of Tomorrow with Lego® Bricks
25 Mar 2017 — 09 Jul 2017
Be inspired by Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks, an exhibition where architecture meets creative play.
29 Mar 2016 — 09 Apr 2016
Bickering snails, neurotic snakes and opera singing mice… welcome to a swamp like no other!
Light Play 2015
18 Jul 2015 — 30 Aug 2015
Enter the dazzling world of Light Play where children can explore their artistic potential in an interactive space created especially for them!
Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones
21 Jun 2015 — 11 Jul 2015
Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones is a fun-filled hilarious, shadow-puppet show full of surprises, captivatingly performed by Jeff Achtem of Bunk Puppets.
Climbing Web 2015
21 Mar 2015 — 10 May 2015
Crafted by Evelyn Roth Festival Arts, the climbing web is a large-scale multi-coloured crocheted net suspended from the gallery ceiling.
Squaring the Wheel
08 Apr 2014 — 19 Apr 2014
A thingamabobbish theatre-circus family show which combines circus skills, clowning, puppetry, magic, strange contraptions, wacky mechanisms and unexpected music in a quirky and ingenious extravaganza.
15 Feb 2014 — 28 Feb 2014
Discover the art of expanded drawing at the interactive children’s exhibit Tape It!
Wild Thing: Wild Colours, Wild Ideas, Wild Fun!
23 Jun 2012 — 22 Oct 2012
What kind of wild thing are you?
Dreamer in the Deep
16 Oct 2010 — 29 Oct 2010
Join the Dreamer’s quest to rescue a leafy sea dragon in this spectacular black-light puppet show for the whole family, Dreamer in the Deep.
Disco Puppy: Stayin' Alive
22 Nov 2008 — 01 Feb 2009
Back by popular demand, bigger and better than ever, Disco Puppy: Stayin’ Alive brings kids even more funky moves to learn and explore as they interact with art in their very own disco dance party.