Family Programs

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Weekend

Animal Eyes: all kinds of colours, shapes & sizes. By Pedro Bernardo

Included with Museum admission.
Activities 11 am - 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Awaken your wild side as you learn all about the diversity of animal life! Explore our new exhibit, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and snap some great shots of your own as you meet incredible insects, magnificent mammals, and rockin’ reptiles!

Get up close with live animals like snakes this weekend at the Museum!

Live Animals
Sciensational Sssnakes!!
Canada Court, Level 1
Think snakes are slimy? You might be surprised to learn they aren't slimy at all! Discover this and so much more as you get up close to the world of our slithery neighbours and other reptile friends!

  • Sciensational Sssnakes! was created in 1994 after Jenny Pearce and Jeff Hathaway graduated from the University of Guelph. The organization provides hands-on educational programs for all ages about reptiles and amphibians. In a typical year, they present about 250 educational programs at venues throughout Ontario, reaching an estimated 25,000 people with their messages about reptile conservation and its challenges.

Ontario Specialized Species Centre
Currelly Gallery, Level 1
Meet a rotation of live hawks, falcons, owls and even bats and learn about the wonders of flying animals!

  • Established in 1987, the Ontario Specialized Species Centre is a registered charitable organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of threatened and endangered species through its educational and breeding programs. Located in the Kawartha's, the Centre is home to over 300 animals such as birds of prey and bats

Family Activities
Make Your Own Animal Collage!
Make Your Own Animal Collage

Currelly Gallery, Level 1
Wildlife Photographer of the Year displays a wonderful array of photos from around the world. Using a variety of art materials and by recycling old images of biodiversity, create your own wildlife scene that rivals the stunning realism of the exhibit!

Paper Bag Animal Puppets
Currelly Gallery, Level 1
Do you have a favourite animal in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit? Now bring it to life as a puppet!

Family Lounge
Classroom 3, Level 1
An under 5 family lounge that provides a quiet space for families to rest, nurse, change diapers and play.

Dinosaur Mascots
Keep your eye out for the opportunity to meet one of our dino mascots during your visit!

Special Exhibits
© Leon Petrinos (Greece) Cheetah portrait
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, Level 2B
Experience the beauty and power of our natural world as the ROM presents the Canadian premiere of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.  Coming from the Natural History Museum in London, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is now in its 50th year and second year at the ROM. This internationally renowned photography competition celebrates nature and wildlife through 100 breathtaking photos, selected from tens of thousands of submissions by photographers of all ages around the world. Don't miss this stunning exhibition, book yout tickets today! Additional tickets required. More information HERE.

  • Special for Saturday November 22 ONLY:

    • ROM Member's Preview: ROM Members are invited to an exclusive preview of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit from 10 am to 12 pm! More information HERE.

Listen to the Night: Bats of Ontario
Canada Court, Level 1
This exhibition explores the elusive creatures that fly around in the Ontario night, intriguing for their mysterious combination of bird-and mammal-like qualities. Objects of human fascination, bats have inhabited the night skies for more than 50 million years. This exhibition looks at the reality of these creatures—the truth behind the myths and fables that have evolved in the human imagination for centuries.

Shutterbugs Pop Up Display!
Canada Court, Level 1
Students from the ROM's very own Saturday Morning Club, Shutterbugs, unveil their wildlife photos in this pop-up display. Revealing fascinating subjects from coral reefs to creepy crawlies, these wildlife photographers-in-training capture the magic of the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity.

The 2014 Environmental Visual Communication program student cohort. Photo by Lindsay Barden
Environmental Visual Communication Student Showcase
Earth Rangers Studio, Level 2

Saturday November 22 ONLY, 11am to 4pm
Graduates from the ROM’s Environmental Visual Communication Program (EVC) will present their top enivornmental and conservation themed photos and videos! Also featured are ROM programs on the diversity of animal life, wildlife photography skills and more.

Marching grasshopper nymphs, Osa Biodiversity Center (Costa Rica) | Photo by Dr. Christopher Darling
ROM Photographer of the Year

Earth Rangers Studio, Level 2

Sunday November 23 ONLY, 11am to 4pm
Inspired by the incredible photography on display in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, this very special event will celebrate wildlife and landscape photos taken by ROM staff in the field. Every year, ROM researchers travel all over the globe to explore, discover, and study the marvels of the world around us. For this event, staff from across the Museum are coming together to share a selection of their photographs, along with specimens and stories, from the field. More information HERE.

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Included with Museum Admission. Activities 11 am - 3 pm

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