Cartier Masthead Final Weeks

Have you seen the Little Faces at NPG?

Alexandra Tolmie

Have you ever been to Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) with your kids? The last time I visited was with a six-month-old and an almost two-year-old and it went surprisingly well. Like its neighbour, the National Gallery of Australia, NPG is perfect for strolling around with a pram. Kids just love staring at people’s faces and these are not in short supply at NPG. It’s also a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat. There’s a mouth-watering array of dishes to choose from, especially at breakfast/brunch time.

At my last visit there wasn’t much in the way of interactivity for toddlers, but this has all changed with the introduction of NPG’s Little Faces program. Little Faces is a 30-minute program that provides a facilitated social and learning experience for young children (aged six months to three years) and their carer. The sessions are informative and engaging for adults and children alike.

Little Faces takes place in the NPG Education Studio and galleries and activities are designed in relation to a specific portrait that changes seasonally. The 30-minute session is broken into 10-minute segments packing in music, movement and art making—all incorporated into the different spaces of the gallery. The child’s carer is also an important participant in the program and each carer is provided with a café voucher to use after the program.

Little Faces takes place at the NPG on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month and bookings are required to secure a place. The next sessions are on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May. Stay tuned for my an update on my next visit.

the essentials

What: Little Faces program
Where: National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes
When:  9.30am-10am and 10.30am-11am Tuesday 5 May; 9.30am-10am and 10.30am-11am Wednesday 6 May


Alex Tolmie

Alex is the founder and co-chair of the Department of Education and Training Women's Network and a mum of two gorgeous little girls. She has overcome big challenges as a new mother and now loves to help others become confident, joyful mamas themselves. She blogs about her experience at More about the Author

  • My 1-year-old and I are big fans of Little Faces, it’s a brilliant program. The Little Look at Art tours at NGA are also fantastic (as is the morning tea they provide afterwards!).

    • Awesome Tess! I’ll definitely have to check that out with my little people. Thanks for sharing 🙂