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 in the Walker Shop for $9.50 (members $8.50).
First Free Saturday
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.
Sensory Friendly Sundays
Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities and their families, offering the opportunity to make art together, explore the galleries, watch a short film, or just hang out in a different setting.
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 ($6) or on the street.
- Strollers are permitted in the galleries.
- Parents are free to nurse children wherever feels most comfortable. A private space is available by checking in with staff at the front desk.
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 as well as multilingual family guides & pencils for families to draw in the galleries.
- Purchase a WACPAK, our artist designed children’s activity set, in the Walker Shop.
- I want to hold your hand: Please keep children within sight at all times.
- Check out a Sensory Pack from the front desk. Designed for visitors with sensory sensitivities or autism spectrum disorders to make their visit more enjoyable, the packs include noise-reduction headphones, fidget toys, sunglasses, a coloring book, and colored pencils.
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.