5/2 & 5/4: MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • 7-9pm • Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float.
What better to liven up the dead of winter than tons of free family events? Saturday is packed full of stuff to do from the final weekend of the St. Paul Winter Carnival to Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday program. Plus, you can always check our Family Fun Calendar for more Twin Cities free events and festivals this weekend and beyond.
1) Have the kids arrive chock full of inspiration! Or, at least with an idea or two. A sketch couldn’t hurt, either. The central activity at Free Ink Day was creating relief prints on rubber templates a bit smaller than a postcard. The prints are made by carving a design into the rubber, coating the plate with ink, then pressing the plate onto a paper card. The biggest challenge in this process was coming up with a design, which leads me to suggest…
2) Plan to spend at least an hour designing, carving, inking and printing the kids’ creations. Free Ink Day spans three hours, but we came near the end in order to catch a special puppet show put on by Open Eye Figure Theatre. As a result, the kids were rushed in their printmaking, one squeaked in a print by the skin of her teeth, and it was semi-stressful scrubbing everyone’s hands clean in time for the show. Budget time for cleanup!
Special guests Open Eye Figure Theatre then presented, as part of its 2014 Driveway Tour, “The Amazing Cow Boat”. My kids loved the story of a little boy’s imagination gone wild at bathtime. After the show, the puppeteers allowed the kids to touch all the beautiful handmade puppets and sets. To find out where Open Eye Figure Theatre will be stopping next, click the link here.
Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Activities are open to all ages, but most kids 5 & under will need a significant amount of help with the printmaking tools. No advance registration is required.