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Global Games

Free First Saturday

Part of Designing Play

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month. Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.

Take part in an international day of play filled with activities from around the world.

Global Games Fair

10 am–3 pm
Cargill and General Mills Hennepin Lounge
Learn to play lotería, mahjong, pob zeb, and other games with lessons from local organizations like Alliance Française, the American Swedish Institute, Center for Asian Pacific Minnesotans, Concordia Language Villages, the Italian Cultural Center, Peace Corps, St. Paul Sister Cities, SteppingStone Theatre, and the Tibetan-American Foundation of Minnesota.

Film: Ping Pong Playa directed by Jessica Yu

1 pm
A cult comedy that’s also good family fun. In suburban Los Angeles, Christopher “C-Dub” Wang tries to distinguish himself from his ping-pong-obsessed family by shooting hoops. But when misfortune strikes, he’s called upon to take over his mother’s ping-pong school—and defend the family’s title in a tournament. 96 minutes.

Art-Making for the Entire Family: All About Me

10 am–3 pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Celebrate childhood, tradition, and culture by creating a mobile that tells the world who you are! Led by Kerstin Beyer Lajuzan.

Story Time: We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow and Bob Staake

10:30 am
Lecture Room
This lyric tale takes you across the globe to experience the beauty and magic of planting a tree.

Gallery Activity: Benches & Binoculars

11 am–3 pm
Perlman Gallery
Pick up a family fun guide in the exhibition Benches & Binoculars for a series of looking games.


Free First Saturday is sponsored by

Program support

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.