Ikebana ShowMarjorie McNeely Conservatory 11/11/2013 to 11/17/2013 10:00 am
This week, the conservatory at Como Zoo will feature artists from Ikebana International’s Minneapolis St Paul Chapter. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging — which is probably more appealing to me than my family on the surface. How do you make this a family event. My husband is easy. He likes photography and flowers are one of his favorite subjects. For the kids, as with all things artistic, I’ll make it hands-on. Before we head out, we’ll watch the Hulu video below to give everyone a basic understanding of the art of Ikebana.
When we get home, we can try making our own arrangements. Education.com has kid-friendly instructions we can follow, while the teacup arrangements made by the Cardboard Collective really inspire me. Who doesn’t love tiny versions of anything? In fact, on our way home, I think we’ll stop at the thrift store so we can each pick out our own teacup for the arrangements. One of the great things about Ikebana is that we should be able to purchase one inexpensive bouquet to share and then supplement with yard greenery.
(oh, and if this fails, we can always visit the monkey house.)
Joy Peters is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.