Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month. Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.
Meet for a playdate and help kick off Open Field for a summer of outdoor fun. Highlights include a “mobile creative outpost” designed by Ben Garthus and activities led by Leonardo’s Basement that mix art, science, and technology. Have lunch at the Garden Grill or Garden Café by D’Amico, and launch a creative exploration of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with a scavenger hunt or a WAC Garden Pack.
Art-Making For the Entire Family: Truss Toss
10 am–3 pm
Build and decorate a balsa wood airplane at the very top of the Open Field before flying it off a Whitney Bridge–inspired launch. Race down the hill and try to catch your plane before it lands. Scramble back up the hill to try again and again before taking the plane home for more experiments.
Art-Making For the Entire Family: Mobile Creative Outpost
10 am–3 pm
When the Outpost rolls onto the scene, “it can redefine a space and turn it into a creative gathering space,” says Minneapolis artist Ben Garthus. Drawing inspiration from adventure playgrounds, where according to Garthus “kids make all the choices and build things, rather than having an activity defined for them,” this contraption can be many things to many people. So show up, invent your own fun, and witness as many types of creativity as there are hands to hold down the fort.