This week’s Free List seems to revolve around Art, Culture and Environment. I have two art exhibit options that don’t require a trip to a museum. If you are missing the Landmark Center’s Urban Expeditions, there is a festival option for you. I also have a couple options for helping the environment while having fun as a family.
Want more? Check our Calendars for lots of ideas. Gianna has some ideas for dates (with or without the kids) this month — some are free. Speaking of free stuff, there is still time to sign up for Anne’s contest to Win Free Tickets to the State Fair until Sunday at 9 p.m.
All Weekend:The Eloise Butler Wildflower Florilegium Exhibit Cargill Hall – Minneapolis Central Librar, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 55401 August 14, 2014- October 27, 2014 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday
Noon – 5 p.m., Sunday
The Eloise Butler Wildflower Florilegium Exhibit opens at Minneapolis Central with a reception and tour tonight (Thursday the 14th) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit is ongoing through the end of October, and displays almost 50 botanical paintings by students of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art. The paintings depict native plants found at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, which was established in 1907 and is the oldest public wildflower garden in America.
This is an exhibit I would personally like to get out to because several years ago I picked up a coloring book of American Wild Flowers for my then preschooler. She has only recently take a shine to it as she enters fourth grade. If you are interested in extending the fun to home, you can get the same coloring book from Dover Press for $4.99. (I’m not selling the book for them, I just liked it.) You can also print your own unbound coloring pages for free from the USDA’s website. Then you can combine this outing with a trip to The Eloise Butler Wildflower garden with your coloring pages or even a sketch pad in tow to make your own botanical art.
IndiaFestMinnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN, United States Saturday, August 16, 2014; Noon to 6:00 p.m.
India Association of Minnesota will host IndiaFest on the grounds of the State Capitol on Saturday. It seems like it has been awhile since we’ve featured an outing to learn more about another country or culture. Join this celebration of the the rich culture and heritage of India, featuring food, arts, traditions and clothing. As well as fun activities like kite flying, chess, cricket, carrom board and Snakes & Ladders. There will also be henna and face painting; a shopping bazaar and a raffle.
Calendar for times)
Art on City Walls began in 1980 in Eden Praire and is a regularly revolving exhibit of local and regional artists. It is a relatively small display of up to 40 pieces, so this can be a great way to start the habit of viewing art — without the big museum commitment. Since exhibits are changed out every six weeks, it could easily be a regular family activity, especially if you live in or near the south suburbs.
Urban Oasis is an organization with a mission to bring healthy food to the community. The are hosting a big party to celebrate the growing East Side food scene and say thank you to their supporters with a zero waste event. They want us all to “come and say hello!” on Sunday. Learn how to can tomatoes while sampling treats and gathering menu ideas from East Side food vendors.