Free First Saturday: Kids' Democracy Day
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Free First Saturday: Kids' Democracy Day

For the summer season, the Walker’s monthly family day gets some fresh air and invigorating ideas. Enjoy outdoor adventures designed by practitioners, thinkers, and makers from a variety of disciplines. In July, kids put the tools of democracy to use for their own ends in creating government departments, designing protest posters, and other activities.

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 5 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.

Activity: Oh Wow, Special!

Open Field, 10 am–3 pm
Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movements, kids and adults experiment with the power of words and drawings. Mark important days in Minnesota’s civic past and present on this 2012–2013 monthly calendar. This project was designed by father-son team Sam Gould and Louis Baldwin-Gould, with collaborator Sarah Peters, to share experiences of parents talking to their kids about real-world issues.

Activity: capitol HILL

Open Field, 10 am–3 pm
Lawmakers and rule breakers are invited to celebrate the crazy in democrazy! To serve the public better, capitol HILL is made up of units that offer some of the finest examples of government in action—the Department of Mustachery, the Department of Departmenthood and Departmentality, and the Department of Memorial Memorability! These are all to be occupied and enjoyed, as long as you can make it through the maze of red tape.

Music/Dance: Bomba

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 11 am and 1 pm
Sing, dance, watch, and listen to bomba, the traditional folkloric music of Puerto Rico. Learn about its cultural roots as an expression of freedom during activities hosted by local musician OSO and Twin Cities Bomba, a community-based music group. Everyone is welcome to join in.