Walker Art Center

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Free First Saturday: Open Laboratory

Part of Open Field 2012

Families join artist David Hamlow, specialists from the Science Museum of Minnesota, and other partners to learn about bugs, plants, and art through hands-on activities and creative play. Guest curator Abigail Anderson builds a day that investigates the act of observation.

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 5 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.

Workshop: Close Encounters

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 10 am–3 pm

Explore the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and see it as you’ve never seen it before with experts from the Science Museum of Minnesota. Use microscopes to examine, observe, and document what you find. Explore collecting with other activities from the Science Museum’s Collectors Corner.

Workshop: Pondering the Pond

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 10 am–12 noon

Explore life in the pond as we learn what lives in and around our water. A naturalist from Westwood Hills Nature Center will help you identify critters while revealing fascinating information about them and their important role in the food chain. Use a dip net, bowl, and spoon to catch and release these extraordinary creatures that call the pond home for at least part of their life cycle. Learn about dragonflies, damselflies, and many other aquatic macroinvertebrates.

Film: Mondo’s Search for the Sun

U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge, 10 am–3 pm

Follow Mondo on an animated adventure in his flying machine through surreal worlds and wonders to find the sun and restore his garden. Directed by Jana Prchalova, 2010.

Art-Making Activity: Geodesic Domes

Open Field, 10 am–3 pm

Join David Hamlow to make geodesic domes out of post-consumer packaging.

Open Phenology Garden Tour and Workshop

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 11 am–2 pm

Tune in to nature with our resident amateur naturalist. Phenologists study the timing of natural phenomena such as plants flowering, insects emerging, and birds migrating. Join Abigail Anderson, the Open Field phenologist-in-residence, for some outdoor exploring!


Free First Saturday is sponsored by

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