Free First Saturday: Snow Day Hooray
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Free First Saturday: Snow Day Hooray

Get out your snow pants and cozy PJs, and cancel your plans—we’re calling a Walker snow day! Borrow a pair of snowshoes and brave the cold for some outdoor exploration or get cozy indoors with art-making, an interactive movement workshop with dancer-choreographer Alanna Morris, and more fun inspired by Minnesota’s favorite unofficial winter holiday.

Free First Saturday also features free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month. Gallery admission tickets are available on-site on the event day from the Main Lobby desk; quantities are limited. Free admission 10 am–5 pm, activities 10 am–3 pm.

Activities are subject to change or cancellation. Snowshoes are weather-dependent and may be canceled for extreme cold or if there is not enough snow. Please check back for updates, details, and COVID-19 guidelines as the program approaches.

Snowshoe Exploration, 10 am–2:30 pm
See the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden like never before: on snowshoes! You can also try a self-guided scavenger hunt or create your own snow castle. Snowshoes will be available to check out just inside the Walker’s Main Entrance on Vineland Place for free, 30-minute exploration sessions, courtesy of the University of Minnesota Center for Outdoor Adventure. Quantities and sizes are limited; available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Movement Workshops with Alanna Morris, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm
Come in from the cold and get your body moving with dancer-choreographer Alanna Morris. These interactive and family friendly movement workshops last approximately 30 minutes. No previous dance experience needed!

Guided Family Tour of the Walker Galleries, 12 noon
Guided Gallery Tour for General Audiences, 1 pm
Join a Walker educator for a family friendly tour of artworks on view in the galleries at 12 noon, or a public tour for general audiences at 1 pm. Tours meet at the Main Lobby desk five minutes before the tour start time. Tours explore a selection of artworks across current exhibitions and include interactive discussion facilitated by Walker educators. The family tour will last approximately 40 minutes; and the 1 pm public tour will last approximately 60 miniutes.

Art-making Activity: Cold & Cozy Collage, 10 am–3 pm
When it’s cold out, would you rather bundle up and head outside or get cozy indoors? Winter is the best time for both! Think about your favorite cozy or cold-weather activity, then use a variety of materials to create a wintery collage.

Art-making Activity: Snow Glow, 10 am–3 pm
Light up your winter evenings with a glowy, snowy lantern. Trace stunning snow crystal imagery onto vellum paper, then morph your drawings into a luminary that fits around a candle. Each participant will receive a flameless tealight to keep your artwork glowing at home. Quantities limited.

Visit the Walker Art Center Library, 10 am–3 pm
The Walker’s library is open! Cozy up with an artful book in a special reading nook, or work with your family and friends to complete a fun word game for a prize. The library entrance is through the Art Lab.

Watch a Short Film, 10 am–3 pm
Stop by the Bentson Mediatheque to watch a short film. In Athleticus on Ice by Nicolas Deveaux, creatures such as hippos, kangaroos, ostriches, and even an elephant take to the ice for an unlikely ballet. The film is 2 minutes and will loop between 10 am–3 pm. Capacity is limited to 10 people at a time. This is a relaxed screening, appropriate for all ages.

Alanna Morris is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and artist organizer based in the Twin Cities. Morris’s classes for children use the creative arts, imagination, and play as a springboard to facilitate learning and self-development. Adult classes combine a variety of classical and contemporary forms supported by ideology of the West African Diaspora traditions to inspire communal and personal healing and connection to Spirit. Alanna Morris Productions was founded in 2017 to produce uplifting and inspiring stories of the human experience through collaborative solo performance, educational programs, and community building. The artist partners with local and international artists and organizations that share a similar vision.

For visitors who need to plan accessible transportation to the Walker, please email access@walkerart.org or call 612-375-7564 to inquire about reserving timed admission.

The film will be captioned. To request accommodations for this program, or for more information about accessibility, visit our Access page, call 612-375-7564, or email access@walkerart.org.

For more information about accessibility at the Walker, visit our Access page.

Free First Saturday is sponsored by

  • Ameriprise Financial

Family Programs are supported by the Manitou Fund, thanks to Rosemary and Kevin McNeely.