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Garden Games

Free First Saturday

It’s game day! Families challenge each other in a series of fun outdoor contests, including the spoon and cherry race. Other highlights include live puppet shows, art-making, and workshops that will get everybody moving.

FlatPak in the Garden

10 am–4 pm
The FlatPak House (2005/2008) is a 576-square-foot, one-room version of a larger prefabricated house designed by Minneapolis-based Lazor Office and first shown by the Walker Art Center in 2005 as part of the exhibition Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses. A modern wood and glass structure located just behind the Cowles Conservatory in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the FlatPak in the Garden is not only a work of art, but also functions as a space where visitors can obtain information about other pieces on view in the Garden and where art-making classes and workshops are held. Stop by and check it out.

Family Tour: WAC Garden Packs

10 am–2 pm
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden by checking out a new WAC Garden Pack. This kit contains fun hands-on activities to engage you and your child’s imagination on a self-guided tour of the Garden.

Art-Making for the Entire Family: Make a Mancala

10 am–3 pm
Learn the rules of the ancient game Mancala, then custom-design your very own game board with artist-instructors Carmen and Jacques Elate.

Garden Game 1: Spoon and Cherry Race

10 am–3 pm
Families speed to the finish line balancing a cherry on a spoon. Led by Paulino Brener.

Garden Game 2: Three-Legged Race

10 am–3 pm
How much balance and teamwork does it take for two bodies and three legs to win the race? Led by Anne and Jane Lee.

Garden Game 3: Mirror, Mirror

10 am–3 pm
Partner up for a game of copycat inspired by the sculpture Double Curve by Ellsworth Kelly. Led by Susie Greenburg.

All games will break during the Puppet Performances.

Puppet Performance: Open-Eye Figure Theatre

11 am and 1 pm
Join Open-Eye Figure Theatre’s Michael Sommers and Sue Haas and their talented puppetry gang for a performance of Little Grandpa’s Big Adventure as part of their summer Driveway Tour.

Movement Workshop: Merce Cunningham Dance Company

12 noon and 2 pm
Move around the Garden with Kevin Taylor and Patricia Lent, representatives of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and create your own experimental dances in response to the sculptures.


Free First Saturday is sponsored by

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As part of the Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids Initiative, additional support is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden 20th-Anniversary Celebration is sponsored by

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Major support is generously provided by Judy Dayton and Martha and Bruce Atwater. Additional support is provided by the Edward R. Bazinet Foundation, N. Bud and Beverly Grossman Foundation, Marilyn and Glen Nelson, and Harriet and Edson Spencer.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is a project of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.