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Let’s Play!

Free First Saturday

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.

Toy around with design and architecture to transform everyday materials into spaces for hoopla and hullabaloo.

Art-Making for the Entire Family: Playscapes

10 am–3 pm
Cargill Lounge and General Mills Hennepin Lounge
Build an installation with balloons, candy, and cardboard to alter the Cargill Lounge into a fun filled play zone. Led by designers and educators from the University of Minnesota College of Design and D.E.M.O. (Design Education Modus Operandi).

Art-Making for the Entire Family: Landscape Re-Mix

10 am–3 pm
General Mills Hennepin Lounge and Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Join members of the Minneapolis-based landscape design studio rosenlof/lucas to draw on the world. Trace your view of the landscape as seen through a Walker window, then recreate it in the Art Lab using transparent papers, markers, and the help of an overhead projector.

Film: My Happy End by Milen Vitanov

10 am–3 pm
U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge
Follow the story of a dog whose life changes forever when he catches his own tail.

Gallery Activity: I-Spy

11 am–1 pm
Perlman Gallery
How many shapes and faces can you find through the lens of a binocular? Meet a tour guide in the exhibition Benches & Binoculars for a fun game of I-Spy.

Performance: The Playground Crew

1 pm
Join choreographer/dancer Leah Nelson and The Playground Crew, students from the YWCA Cityview Beacon afterschool enrichment program, as they showcase their skills in double dutch, beat box, dance, rap, and basket ball.


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.