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Free First Saturday: Trial and Error

Explore a range of activities and art-making on Free First Saturday! 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.

In October, join us for experiments with art and science through art-making, films, and workshops.

Art Activity: Tinker Lab, 10 am–3 pm

Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Test your skills using everyday objects to create something that moves.

Activity: Squishy Circuits, 10 am–3 pm

Cargill Lounge
Explore electrical properties and become a circuit designer using homemade playdough to light up LEDs and spinning motors. Squishy Circuits was created by University of St. Thomas professor AnneMarie Thomas and researcher Matthew Schmidtbauer.

Activity: Is This Funny?, 11 am–2 pm

Bazinet Garden Lobby
Try your hand at joke writing and telling by using classic comedy styles. Fill in the blanks of a Walker-inspired word game as you explore the galleries.

Film: The Collector’s Gift, 10 am–5 pm

U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge
A young girl finds someone’s unfinished project and puts the pieces together to discover a new world. Directed by Ryan Kravetz, 2012, 9 minutes.

Film: The Lepidoctor, 10 am–3 pm

Lecture Room
An eccentric boy is obsessed with collecting and fixing strange gadgets. However, the recent death of his mother has taught him that some things cannot be repaired. Directed by Jonathan Barenboim, 2011, 20 minutes.

Gallery Activity: Systematic Makers, 11 am–2 pm

Gallery 3
Find a tour guide in Gallery 3 and discover ways that artists integrate math and science in their work.


Free First Saturday is sponsored by

Program support