Free First Saturday at Home: Celebrate Families
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Free First Saturday at Home: Family Pride

Illustration by Gabriel Alcala.

Click here to join us for Free First Saturday at Home! Watch new videos and short films and download art-making activity instructions all in one place.

Kick off Pride Month with an online celebration of families! Drag Story Hour will be here to get the party started with a performance, story hour, and dance party. Get together and celebrate what makes your family special.

Free First Saturday at Home features free performances, games, art-making, and kids’ films on the first Saturday of every month. Most activities will remain on the website after June 6 so you can return to continue making art with your family!

You can also check out videos and download instructions for art-making activities from May as well as fill out the survey to let us know what you’d like to do in future months!

To participate in this online event, you will need internet access; a computer, tablet, or smartphone; and some limited art-making materials:

For art-making activities:

Cardboard (thick or corrugated will work best)
Black marker or paint
Paint or ink pads in multiple colors
Coloring materials like crayons, markers, or colored pencils
Magazines or newspapers to create a collage (optional)
Glue (optional)
White Fabric (optional)
Apron (optional)

For Drag Story Hour cooking activity:

Chocolate chips suitable for melting
Pretzel rods (large)
Microwave safe container for melting chocolate
Wax paper
Freezer-safe container
Coconut oil (optional)
Sprinkles or other decorative candy (optional)

Available Activities:

Watch: Drag Story Hour: Celebrate Our Beauty and Power!
For all ages; video available June 5–8

Dance with Doña Pepa, hear a story from Old Man Zimmer, and satisfy your sweet tooth with DJ Sid Sity. All you need is space to move, a few simple kitchen ingredients, and your imagination! Approximately 28 minutes.

Create: Printing with Pride
For ages 3 and up, younger kids may need some help from an adult; instructions available all day

Create your own prints or Pride flags using handmade stamps inspired by the art of Jasper Johns in this experiment with mark-making and color.

Create: Reflecting Your Community
For ages 4 and up, younger kids will need help from an adult; instructions available all day

Create your own picture frame in this activity inspired by the artist Lorraine O’Grady.

Create: Take Action!
For ages 4 and up; instructions available all day

Use words and movement to express the change you want to see in the world in this activity inspired by Gary Simmons’s work Everforward.

Explore: Art Tour for Families
Pre-recorded videos for ages 4 and up; available in English and Spanish

This interactive presentation of three pieces of art explores how artists share love with the world through their artwork. All you need is a camera, marker, paper, and your imagination. Approximately 12 minutes.

Watch: We; Camera
For all ages
This stop-motion film features musician Shenandoah Davis encountering a bird on the trail. They become friends. Directed by Clyde Petersen, with music by Shenandoah Davis, 2008, 3 min.

Watch: Solid and Strong
For all ages
Musician Kimya Dawson and friends head to the neighborhood aquatics center for fun and synchronized swimming. Directed by Clyde Petersen, with music by Kimya Dawson, 2011, 3 min.

Old Man Zimmer was born at a very young age. He loves gardening, garbage, getting the mail, and sharing stories with his best friends. Played by Emily Zimmer.

Doña Pepa is a Venezuelan queen living her most colorful life prancing and cycling through Minneapolis’ water and nature sources. A dancing diva, a fierce advocate for authenticity and self-expression. Played by Pedro.

Sid Sity is from Oakland and is here to spread love, positivity, and kindness to everyone she meets. She loves to sing, crochet, and uplift her friends. Played by Siddeeqah Shabazz.

Clyde Petersen is an artist working in film, animation, music, and installation. He is a proud member of the transgender and queer communities in Seattle. His work has been featured around the world in museums, film festivals, galleries, and DIY venues.

Free First Saturday is sponsored by

  • Ameriprise Financial

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

  • Logo: Institute of Museum and Library Services