This March Break, kids can spend five full days creating art and being inspired by artworks at the Aga Khan Museum, one of Toronto’s most exciting cultural landmarks! While exploring the Museum Collections, campers will be inspired to make their own creations and unleash their inner artist.

Located in the heart of North York, the Aga Khan Museum is known worldwide for its ground-breaking exhibitions and award-winning architecture. As the first museum in North America exclusively dedicated to sparking wonder, curiosity, and understanding of Muslim cultures and their connection with other cultures through the arts, their Permanent Collection showcases over 1,200 inspiring artworks and objects from the 9th to the 19th centuries.

March Break Camps 2024 (Ages 6-12)

In this exciting week-long camp, participants ages 6–12 can travel the world, discovering treasures from Morocco, Egypt, Türkiye, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, and India, without leaving the Aga Khan Museum.

Daily Programs

Monday, March 11 — Visual Storytelling: Exploring the Shahnameh and Miniature Painting
Campers will learn about the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) as they explore the Museum’s current Themed Installation, Inside/Outside. Inspired by the story of the brave Rustam from the Shahnameh, campers will tell their own stories by creating a one-of-a-kind zine — a small handmade booklet or magazine. They will also learn the art of miniature painting through various materials, such as watercolours, collages, and even gold leaf!

Tuesday, March 12 — Pattern Play: Creating Clay Tiles
Geometric, floral, figural, and calligraphic patterns are found throughout Islamic art. Campers will go on a guided tour of the Museum’s beautifully diverse Collections Gallery and Bellerive Room to learn about different types of patterned ceramics. Then, the participants will get creative and design their own clay tiles!

Wednesday, March 13 — The Beauty of Calligraphy
Next, campers will learn about the intricate art form of Calligraphy. Through tools, such as reed pens, calligraphy brushes, and pen and ink, they will explore zoomorphic calligraphy, which transforms words and phrases into the shapes of animals! Experimenting with the various tools, the participants will then create their own pieces in the style of zoomorphic calligraphy.

Thursday, March 14 — Traveling Along the Silk Route
Campers can learn all about the Silk Route too! They will learn about the materials, knowledge, and innovative ideas that were exchanged at that time in history. Then, they will play the Museum’s Silk Route Adventure Board Game, travelling back in time to discover the lives of its merchants.

Friday, March 15 — Playing with Colours: Night in the Garden of Love
The last day of March Break focuses on Shezad Dawood’s contemporary art in the Museum’s current temporary exhibition, Night in the Garden of Love. Pulling inspiration from the mixed media and textile pieces in the exhibition, campers will use felt and yarn to create a landscape. Meanwhile, they will learn to collaborate and discover how art delights our many senses — touch, smell, sight, and even sound.

Daily Camp Schedule

8:45am: Drop-off (15-minute parking is free during pick-up and drop-off only)
9:00am: Camp day begins
10:30am: Snack break (15 mins.)
12:00pm: Lunch break (1 hour) (Please note: lunch will not be provided. The Museum encourages campers to bring their own, along with two snacks.)
2:30pm: Snack break (15 mins.)
3:45pm: Pick-up
4:00pm: Camp day ends (Extended care is not available)

Price: Full Week: $300 Regular ($270 Sibling Discount), $270 Friends ($243 Sibling Discount)
Single Day: $60 Regular ($54 Sibling Discount), $54 Friends ($48 Sibling Discount)

(Note: These March Break Camps require a minimum of 10 registrants. Please be aware that the Museum may choose to cancel to the program(s) if there are not enough participants.)

Aga Khan Museum March Break Camps

When: March 11–15, 2024
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Where: Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto

Find our full list of exciting March Break Camps here!