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Tips for Visiting with Kids

Before Your Visit

  • Kids get in FREE: Free admission for ages 0–18.
  • Preparation is key: Before your visit, talk with your kids about what’s on to build their excitement. Plan your visit together.
  • Become familiar with the guidelines for visiting the galleries.

General Information

  • Don’t feed the art: Food and drink are not allowed in the galleries. You are welcome to bring snacks from home and eat them in the lobby or join us in Esker Grove.
  • Convenient parking is available in the ramp ($5) or on the street.
  • Strollers are permitted in the galleries.

During Your Visit

  • Talk it out: Ask your children questions: What do they see? What’s their favorite piece of artwork in the gallery? Play a game of I Spy, or challenge each other to pose like a line or a shape in a piece of art.
  • Take five: Explore the galleries at your child’s pace. Take breaks—you don’t need to see everything on one visit! Chill on the pebbles in the Main Lobby or watch a film from the Family Playlist in the Bentson Mediatheque.
  • Pencil us in: The front desk has sketchbooks + pencils for families to draw in the galleries.
  • Purchase a WACPAK, our artist designed children’s activity set, at the lobby desk.
  • I want to hold your hand: Please keep children within sight at all times.

Social Narrative for Neurodiverse Children

If you’re visiting the Walker for the first time with your child or are a family with neurodiverse or sensory sensitive children, feel free to download this social narrative to support your child’s visit to the Walker Art Center. The social narrative will show images of key spaces at the Walker to help guide your child’s expectations during their visit.

Sponsors

  • Medtronic Foundation