Free First Saturday: Dance the Day Away
Saturday, September 7
Celebrate the end of summer through movement in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Watch a performance by the Somali Museum Dance Troupe, groove at the Kids’ Dance Party, learn about kinetic sculptures, and participate in a workshop led by professional dancer Kenna-Camara Cottman.
Free First Saturdays feature free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month, plus performances, games, art-making, and kids’ films from 10 am to 3 pm. Family friendly food options are available or bring something from home to snack on in the museum’s public spaces.
Performance: Kids’ Dance Party
10 am–2 pm
The Kids’ Dance Party is returning to the Garden! Dance your heart out to beats spun by local DJ Airman Heat.
Workshop: Kenna-Camara Cottman
11 am and 1 pm
Travel through time and space with traditional West African Dance. Shake yourself free with Afro-Caribbean Dance. Jazz it up! Soothe your SOUL! Say it LOUD! Break it down (bust it down), snap it up! WHOA! Come on a journey through the many styles of Black Dance. Mx. Kenna is your guide as you twist and groove. Workshops are approximately 45 min.
Art-Making Activity: Balancing Act
10 am–3 pm
Join artist Zoja Chmielarczyk to learn about 3D composition and kinetic sculpture by making your own mobile, inspired by the work of Alexander Calder.
Art-Making Activity: Kinetic Painting
10 am–3 pm
Create an abstract painting using everyday objects like marbles, toy cars, and bouncy balls.
Performance: Somali Museum Dance Troupe
Watch the Somali Museum Dance troupe perform traditional dances from different regions across Somalia.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Tour
English, 12 noon
Spanish, 1 pm
Discover a new favorite artwork in the Garden on a participatory tour for kids from a Walker-trained educator. Meet at the Main Entrance to the Walker Art Center.
Sensory Friendly Sunday
Sunday September 15, 8–11 am, Free
Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly event designed for kids, teens, and adults with sensory processing differences, autism spectrum disorder, or developmental disabilities. The galleries will be closed to the general public, allowing visitors to enjoy the museum in a calm environment with accommodations such as quiet spaces, noise-canceling headphones, and sunglasses available.
While walk-ins are welcome, we encourage you to reserve your space ahead of time. Register online.
Out and About: Third Saturdays
Saturday September 21, 4pm, Free
Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center
505 15th Avenue, Minneapolis
The Walker is breaking out of the museum to host family friendly art-making workshops at community organizations around the Twin Cities! On the third Saturday of each month, Hennepin County Library will host us at the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center. Swing by with your family to experience workshops and activities in a new setting.