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 pack 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).
Free First Saturday provides many different ways for families to create, experience, and learn about art together. 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 10am–3pm. Free First Saturday has been recognized twice by MN Parent Magazine with a Family Favorite/Free Cultural Event award.
Tips for Visiting with Kids
Before Your Visit
- Find out about the current exhibition and talk to you children what they might see.
- Become familiar with the guidelines for visiting the galleries.
- Snacks, sandwiches and beverages are available at the Walker’s restaurant, Esker Grove or enjoy a snack from home in any of the public spaces.
- Convenient parking is available in the ramp or on the street.
- Strollers are permitted in the galleries.
During Your Visit
- Explore the galleries at your children’s pace. Take breaks and know that you do not need to see everything in one visit.
- Ask your children questions while looking at the works of art. What do they see and why they think that? Ask about color and materials they see. Play a simple game of I Spy.
- Sketch in the gallery. Forgot paper? Ask the front desk for a sketch pad. Only pencils are allowed in the gallery.
- Purchase a WACPAK at the lobby desk, an artist designed activity pack to keep your children busy.