changes in our services due to covid-19

To combat Covid-19 in the region, drop-in visits have temporarily been closed. Registration is now required in advance.
Private small group bookings and programs in the studio are available to maintain physical distancing and public health requirements. We are also offering Art Factory at home options. Please see below for more details about our cleaning and safety protocols and all our policies.  We appreciate your cooperation, patience and support as we navigate through this.

visting our studio

  • Our studio is a socks only space. Children and adults are required to be in socks at all times. Shoes and bare feet are not permitted.
  • As per Public Health guidelines those age 5+ are required to wear a non-medical face covering (see our Covid-19 Safety Measures below)
  • Please respect your allotted time as we have strict cleaning protocols in place and can not extend play or programs to accommodate late arrivals.
  • Please do not come if you are experiencing any new or worsening symptoms of Covid-19 (see our Covid-19 Safety Measures below)
  • No outside food is allowed in the studio (with the exception of Play School) and bottle/breastfeeding. We ask that water bottles remain and be consumed in the entrance area.
  • We ask caregivers to assist us in assuring that stations do not mix – materials from one station may not travel to another station and to supervise children at all times during your visit.




Payment Policy

We require payment in advance for all of our programs and services. Registration with credit card/visa debit is available online through a secure scheduling system (Tipo).

Cancelation Policy

We are a small business and at the present time rely solely on scheduled bookings to continue operating. A cancellation without proper notice means we may not be able to accept a new booking in time, our staff members also work around scheduled bookings, and preparing materials involves a significant investment. 
Out of consideration, we request 72 hours (3 days) notice to cancel a visit. Upon cancellation, a studio credit will be issued. We do not offer refunds.

Rescheduling Policy

We do not offer refunds. Please call the studio in the event of illness, COVID-19 related symptoms, or an emergency. Under these circumstances, we require a minimum of 3 hours’ notice. 
In the event of a studio closure due to COVID-19 we will issue a studio credit.

3 hours or more notice: A credit will be issued in the form of an electronic gift card via email. 

Less than 3 hours Notice: Failure to provide 3 hours means a refund or credit may not be given. 

No Show Policy: Should you miss your visit without proper notification (72 hours) a refund or credit will not be given.



Effective March 14th 2021 please refrain from booking both the Imagination Area and Sensory Area at the same time or during overlapping times. Failure to comply with this policy will result in one of your bookings being canceled and refunded.

If you would like to book both areas of the studio you may choose the Full Studio Friday option from 4:00-6:00pm or book 1 area, then the following time slot in the other area for example 8:30-10:00 Sensory Area, 11:00-12:30 Imagination area. You will be required to leave between visits while we clean.



Please self screen before visiting the studio and do not come if you or someone in your group are experiencing any new or worsening symptoms of Covid-19 symptoms. 

We will be checking temperatures upon entry. Visitors are also required to wash or sanitize their hands before play begins. As per Public Health guidelines those age 5+ are required to wear a non-medical face covering, and must have a mask on before entering the studio. Entrance will not be granted without a mask.

Our programs are set up so that all participants have an individual work space and physical distance of 6′ is able to be maintained. You are responsible for physically distancing your group if you book a bubble visit.

Before, after, and between visits/programs we clean and disinfect the studio, particularly concentrating on high touch surfaces. For our programs participants are provided with their own set of tools and materials, these are cleaned and sanitized between programs. All items in our Art Factory at home bins are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between use.

If you have any questions about our procedures please do not hesitate to contact us. By visiting our studio you agree to our Covid-19 Policies and Safety Measures found in more detail here. 


In-studio credits are given if a visit, program or camp is canceled or if an individual has a frequent visitor card. In some cases, online gift cards may be issued so that you may reschedule your visit. Credits are not valid for shop products – they may be used for in-studio services including bubble visits, programs and rentals.

Online gift cards that were purchased or gifted to you may be used in the shop or in the studio. 

Gift cards may be redeemed online at the checkout. If you have misplaced your gift card please contact the studio and we can email it to you. Please note that for privacy reasons we are not able to see gift card codes so you will be responsible for receiving and tracking that information.



PICKUP (Surrounding Area):  If you live outside of Guelph you must pick up the bin and return it the following day from our studio at 37 Yarmouth St.Guelph, ON. Pickup and drop off must take place between 9:00am-12:00pm, late returns will result in a charge of $75 and failure to return the bins will result in a charge of $300.

DELIVERY: We offer free contactless doorstep delivery and pickup within Guelph city limits, delivery/pick-up starts at 9:00 am and bins will arrive by 11:00am Sunday-Saturday with pick up the following morning. Please ensure the bin is placed on your doorstep by 9:00am for pickup.

Should you have any questions, contact: orders@thechildrensartfactory.com

ADULT SUPERVISION: Adult supervision is required for all activities. It is the responsibility of the supervising adult to determine which tools and materials are within the child’s ability to safely operate/use. The Children’s Art Factory is not responsible for any injury resulting from the use of the products provided. 

By booking an Art Factory at Home bin rental you agree to the above policy.


other Things people ask us all the time.

Can I wear my shoes? 

No. We are a socks-only facility.  For health and sanitary reasons, we ask that socks must be worn during your visit. If you have not come prepared we have socks available for both kids and parents to wear.

What should I expect on a visit to CAF?

We ask that you leave your good clothes at home and maybe bring along an extra set, just in case! We often have messy and wet activities, and children will want to explore those areas. They should be able to make a mess and not have to worry about their clothing. We keep the studio nice and warm. Children are welcome to take off shirts or pants if that is more comfortable for them (and for you!).

Caregivers and children are expected to remove shoes before entering the studio. We love our moon sand kitchen, but since the moonsand tends to track everywhere – and to keep our studio as free of restrictions as possible – having shoes off protects our moonsand from leaving the studio on bottoms of shoes. Indoor leather-soled bottoms are fine, if you have an issue with this.

What should kids wear to play at CAF?

At CAF we focus on imagination-based play and messy art activities. You’ll want to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, painted, wet or moon dusty. No shirts and bare feet are welcome at water based sensory stations.

Can I bring my stroller?

Unfortunately, our current space cannot accommodate strollers inside. We ask that storllers are parked outside of the CAF, we suggest bringing a bike lock. If forgotten, we do have locks for rent. Those attending our Baby Basquiats or Wee Warhol program may come around through our back gate -to our back door and park strollers there.

Where should I park?

The Children’s Art Factory has 3 dedicated parking spots.

Down town Guelph’s parking: https://downtownguelph.com/parking/

Get all the details on our location here.

Can I book CAF for my child’s birthday party?

You bet – we have 2 new safe Birthday party options available! Check out our birthday party page for all the details. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

I have a child with an allergy. Do any of your art supplies have food in them?

No. There are no food items in any of our traditional art supplies. However, we do use rice, corn and lentils as a grinding activity. We do not use any products that contain nuts for grinding.

Moon sand is made by grinding sand and adding wax. We sift moon sand and sand of debris on an on-going basis.

We use tempera paint pucks in our make-up/face painting station on our stage. Tempera paint is completely non-toxic and we replace water whenever needed. We keep baby wipes on hand for cleaning faces. Just ask!

didn’t find an answer to your question?

Call us at 226-486-3307 or email us at art@thechildrensartfactory.com.