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Fables and Fairy Tales

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.

Jumble your favorite bedtime tales and storybook adventures! These workshops, performances, art-making activities, and films are designed to expand your imagination and tickle your funny bone.

Performance: Hmong Tiger Tales by Mu Performing Arts

Walker Cinema
11 am and 1 pm
Hmong Tiger Tales includes three fun short plays based on Hmong folk stories about tigers. Tiger and Crow tells the story of how the crow tricked the tiger into having fewer cubs, explaining why tigers are so rare. Mother Tigress tells the story of a tiger who raises a child who later discovers her birth family in a village. Finally, in Yer and the Tiger a young girl uses her wit and courage to escape the jaws of a clever tiger who has infiltrated her family.

Hmong Tiger Tales piece will last about 35 minutes, afterwards there will be a mask workshop where kids can try on the masks, practice different poses, get their pictures taken wearing the masks.

Film: Josué and the Cassavastalk

U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge
10 am–3 pm
When Josué trades his donkey for a ‘magic cassava”, he discovers that it is not only beans which can lead to a fantastic adventure. This Brazilian version of “Jack and the Beanstalk” is directed by Diogo Viegas.

Art Activity: Turn a Tale

Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
10 am–3 pm
Create a fable of your own. In this activity led by Ilene Krug Mojsilov, spin a wheel to invent characters and see where the story takes them.

Art Activity: Live Theater Fables

Cargill Lounge
10 am–3 pm
Join guest artist Paulino Brener for an activity where you create and perform your own take on famous fables like the The Tortoise and the Hare or the The Lion and the Mouse. Families will construct simple puppets and then act out the story in a mini puppet theater.

Theater Workshop: Telling Tales

Gallery 8
10:30 am and 12:00 noon
Families get together to re-create and act out some favorite stories and fairy tales in this fun, interactive theater workshop with the Children’s Theatre Company. Drawing from well-known children’s books and authors such as the Brothers Grimm, Dr. Seuss, and Eric Carle, families create characters and explore ways to express themselves onstage. Participants have an opportunity to share their stories at the end of the session.


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