Duluth-based artist Frank Big Bear developed unique drawings for a coloring book designed especially for children. Teens from the Little Earth Arts Collective wrote the text inspired by the images. The book is featured as part of the WACPAK activity set that includes coloring pencils, an eraser and a limited edition tote bag with a Frank Big Bear design. Look for the WACPAK at the lobby desks and the Walker Shop for $9.50 (members $8.50).
On the first Saturday of each month the Walker facilitates free entry all day, as well as activities, performances, film screenings and workshops just for kids between the hours of 10 am–3 pm. Free First Saturday has been recognized twice by MN Parent Magazine with a Family Favorite/Free Cultural Event award.
Star Tribune Art Lab
The Star Tribune Art Lab is a space where visitors of all ages can play, experiment, and experience a range on hands-on learning opportunities. On select days visitors can also meet artists and work directly on collaborative projects.
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.
- 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.