All the fun you experience at Free First Saturday is now online through December 2020! Here you can find performances, art-making activities, and interactive workshops—all designed especially for you and your family to do from home.
New videos and downloadable activity instructions are added regularly, so be sure to return often to continue making art with your family. Please be sure to fill out the survey to let us know what you’d like to do in future months.
The Walker will be open with free admission on October 3, 11 am–6 pm, but these family programs are hosted online. You can access the activities on this page from home or during your visit. If you plan to explore the galleries, please check our visit page to learn how to reserve free timed tickets and about new visitor guidelines.
Try your hand at foraging for plants, flowers, fruits, and other natural materials to use in your art, plus learn about how we can all take care of the environment and feed our communities. Cozy up to your trusty device (laptop, phone, tablet, etc.) and get ready to get arty with it!
Materials You’ll Need
- White paper (both lightweight paper and heavier paper like watercolor paper)
- Paper towels
- Coloring materials like crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- String (about 4 feet, depending on the size of your found objects)
- Fresh flowers and leaves
- Small objects found in nature like sticks and bark
- Wooden mallet, rock, or other hard object
- Fresh fruit
- Raw sugar
- Popsicle molds and wooden sticks (Or use glasses/paper cups)
- Pan to make syrup
- Measuring cups
- Mixing bowl
- Blender or smoothie maker
- Small household items like coins, Legos, silverware, toothbrush, etc. (for Jazz Up Your Drawing! activity)
- Apron (optional)
- Rubber bands (optional)
- Hot glue gun (optional)
Setting Up Your Space
Find a place where you have a flat surface to work on and plenty of room to move around. Cover the surface with a tablecloth or paper to keep it clean.
Set up your computer, tablet, or phone so you can comfortably navigate the Free First Saturday at Home webpage and watch the videos. Be sure to set up your computer far away from any liquids!
Gather all your materials and set them out on your work surface.
Share Your Experience
We’d love to see what you made today! Don’t forget to share your artwork with us by using @walkerartcenter and #walkerartcenter or email a photo of artwork to email@example.com.
You can also check out #walkerartcenter to see what other families are making.
Do you have some suggestions for our team? Please fill out this short survey to tell us about your experience. Thanks for helping us make family programs even better! Fill out the survey.
Community Events and Online Resources
Below you’ll find even more family friendly events produced by artists and organizations throughout the Twin Cities that are happening this month along with anti-racist resources for families.
Family Friendly Events
- Visit the Solidarity Street Gallery October 1–3 on Payne Avenue in St. Paul or online to see art displayed in the windows of local businesses and participate in children’s activities. The Solidarity Street Gallery seeks to build meaningful connections between the community and local artists in a time of social isolation and economic distress, through the unifying force of art.
- The Hennepin County Library offers weekly online activities for kids, including an on-demand virtual music program in English and Spanish called Sing, Play, Learn!/¡Canta, Juega y Aprende! October 5–19.
- Join four authors for Picture Book Playtime, part of the Twin Cities Book Festival, on October 16 at 10 am.
- The St. Paul Public Library has activities and resources for families on their website, including Minnesota Fringe Presents: Dreamland Arts, a series of five classic fables from the Panchatantra, ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables.
- Visit the new community garden at North Lyndale and North 23rd Avenue in Minneapolis, designed and built by Walker artist-in-residence Jordan Weber and Youth Farm.
- Farmer’s markets are great places to find fresh vegetables and meet local farmers. Be sure to check online ahead of your visit to learn about changes to policies and programming related to COVID-19.
- Artist Seitu Jones has shared instructions to create your own #blues4George stencils and artwork.
Anti-Racist Teaching Resources
- Black Lives Matter at School has an anti-racist curriculum guide with resources for all ages.
- D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice has resources for early childhood and elementary school-aged students.
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking About Race portal includes resources for parents and caregivers.
- Raising Race Conscious Children provides resources for talking about race with young children.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Project has resources for teaching about Black Lives Matter.
- The Anti-Defamation League has a guide for family discussions about racism and police violence available in English and Spanish.
- Watch this Act.TV video explaining systemic racism to kids who are elementary school aged or older.
- This New York Times article on explaining protest and racism to children includes recommendations and a list of books organized by developmental level.
- The Saint Paul Public Library compiled a list of picture books to use as a tool when talking about race with children.
Pre-recorded videos and activities for ages 4 and up, accompanied by an adult; available through October 2.
Will You Be My Plant Neighbor?
Do you know your plant neighbors? Join artist Maddy Bartsch to meet some plants and watch her demonstrate flower pounding! Then, use the guide to introduce yourself to the plants in your neighborhood, and try out the technique for yourself. Video is approximately 8 minutes.
Storytime: One Little Lot: The 1-2-3s of an Urban Garden
For all ages; available through October 2.
Join Diane C. Mullen, author of One Little Lot, as she counts the ways neighbors come together to build their very own community garden in a vacant lot. Approximately 5 minutes.
Explore: Pollinator Bingo!
See how many pollinator plants and insects you can find in your neighborhood or the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden using these bingo cards from the Exploring Pollinator Pathways project at the University of St. Thomas. For ages 4 and up, accompanied by an adult.
Explore: Art-Making Projects and Scavenger Hunts
Jazz Up Your Drawing!
Family Fun is Available Every Day!
We’ll continue to add new videos and downloadable activity instructions to this page, so be sure to return often to continue making art with your family!
Do you have some suggestions for our team? Please fill out this short survey to tell us about your experience. Thank you helping us make family programs even better!
If you are interested in receiving information about Family Programs, sign up for the biweekly Walker newsletter.
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This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.