Family Day: Puppet Parade; Sunday 11 June 2017; Come celebrate puppetry in its many forms. See a show meet a maker and craft a creation of your own; Cardboard Creations with puppet maker Mark Safford; Moving Marionettes with puppet artist Olli Johnson; shadow puppets; mini puppet parade; yard games; tours and art carts; museum-wide

Family Day: Make Play

Join us for our free monthly event for families, kids, and the young at heart. On the second Sunday of every month, the museum is filled with hands-on art activities, live music, dance performances, artist demonstrations, family tours and more — all inspired by Mia’s incredible collection.

Come play and make toys inspired by your imagination and art in the galleries.

All-Day Activities

Rod Puppet Making
Reception Hall, third floor
Be inspired by Mia’s artworks and create a rod puppet that you can play with and move!

Interactive Activity
Puppet Activation Center
Reception Hall, third floor
What does your puppet sound like? How does it move? Activate your puppet to life with the help of interactive prompts and guidance by Monkeybear puppeteers Antoine and Andrew.

Interactive Play
Artful Play Space
Studios 111-113, first floor
Come play in a sensory play space co-designed with MiniSota Play Café, a Minnesota themed indoor play area for young kids based in Champlain, MN.

Gallery Hunt
Puppet’s Adventure at Mia!
General Mills lobby, first floor
It’s easy to travel near and far when you are at Mia! Take your puppet on an adventure around the world and see what new sights and friends you find in the journey!

Timed Activities
Morris Dance
General Mills lobby, first floor
Watch Uptown on the Lakes Morris dance Morris folk dances from England that involve stick clashing, jingle bells, and live music! They will also lead interactive workshops during the day.

Morris Dance
12:30PM, & 1:30PM
Target Wing Atrium, first floor
Join Uptown on the Lakes Morris and get your feet stepping and jingling to the rhythms of Morris Dance, a folk dance from England. Each session is half hour.

Monkeybear Puppet Performances
Noon, 1PM, 2PM
Pillsbury Auditorium, second floor
Travel to Laos and Managuara (Indigenous Central America) through the stories recounted by Monkeybear puppeteers Liping and Rebekah. Monkeybear is a group that supports Native/POC in developing skills in contemporary puppetry.

Nutcracker in Wonderland
1:45PM, 2:30PM, 3:15PM
Gallery G330
Ballet Co.Laboratory presents your holiday favorite with a whimsical twist!  Meet characters from the Nutcracker like White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat Dolls as they twirl and dance in the galleries.

Preschool Tour
Hide and Seek
11:30AM & 12:30PM, Meet in the main lobby, first floor
Go on a guided tour specially designed for little ones.

Mia’s Period Rooms
2 PM, Meet in the main lobby, first floor

3:30PM, Meet in the main lobby, first floor
Highlights of Mia’s Collection

Also at the Museum
Art Cart
Noon -4 PM
Gallery 240, second floor

Art Cart
Noon – 4PM
Gallery 218, second floor
Ancient Greece

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