Walker Art Center

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Free First Saturday: Parks and Rec

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is filled with amazing sights great and small, from giant sculptures to tiny insects. Come to the Walker for a closer look and join in a range of activities led by Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, the Minnesota Mineral Club, North Mississippi Regional Park/Kroening Interpretive Center, Silverwood Park, and Westwood Hills Nature Center.

Enjoy free gallery admission and family fun for all on the first Saturday of each month. Activities designed for kids ages 6 to 12 are offered from 10 am to 3 pm.

Note: Due to the prediction of rain, activities scheduled for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will now take place inside the Walker Art Center in various locations.

Art Activity: Look Book

10 am–3 pm
Make your very own Look Book and record what you see. Stamp, fold, and bind your book and then fill it with your scientific observations.

Art Activity: Nature Monocles

10 am–3 pm
Do you see what I see? Create a mini viewfinder necklace from recycled materials to observe the world in a whole new way.

Activity: Micro Hike

10 am–3 pm
What’s happening under your feet in the garden? Get down low with a magnifying glass and take a micro hike between the blades of grass. Use toothpick flags to pin your favorite finds!

Activity: Pondering the Pond

10 am–3 pm
Naturalists from Westwood Hills Nature Center will help you find and identify fascinating creatures that live in and around the water. Use a dip net, bowl, and spoon to catch and release some extraordinary critters that call the pond home.

Activity: Reptiles and Amphibians

10 am–3 pm
Meet reptiles and amphibians and the folks who take care of them at Kroening Interpretive Center and Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Learn more about these creatures and where they call home.

Activity: Rockhounding

10 am–3 pm
Join local rock experts from the Minnesota Mineral Club to explore agates, fossils, minerals, and petrified wood. Learn about the best places to collect rocks and how to polish your treasures.


Free First Saturday is sponsored by

Program support