Free family events at the Muscatine Art Center in June

MUSCATINE, Iowa–The winter months are over, the weather is changing, and it’s almost summer! The Muscatine Art Center is delighted to invite families to a few free outdoor family events to celebrate the season

On Friday, June 10 at 12:30 p.m., West Liberty’s Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater Company will present The Adventures of Uncle Rabbit (Las Aventuras de Tio Conejo). The Adventures of Uncle Rabbit combines two trickster tales into one delightful story celebrating the victory of the small but clever rabbit over his bigger, richer and more powerful adversary. This story is presented bilingually and features live music. This free performance will take place at the Brad Burns Performing Arts Park (on Mulberry, next to the Muscatine Art Center). Participants are invited to bring their lunch to enjoy before the show. In case of bad weather, the show will take place in the music room. Registration is not compulsory. The performance is part of a multicultural series funded by a grant from the Mary Jo and Richard Stanley Human Conditions Fund.

Back this year, the Family Picnic, a family favourite! On Friday, June 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic, and stretch out on the lawn at the Muscatine Art Center. The free ice cream is sponsored by Kent Corporation. Families will also experience the sights and sounds of Tangley’s historic calliope, and children are encouraged to paint the windows in the outer courtyard. “Take-and-make” kits will be available to complete at home. In the studio, attendees can participate in creating portions of the “Tree of Gratitude,” a community sculpture by artist Nancy Judd, commissioned by the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. Learn more about the project at www.muscatineartcenter.org/hapenings/events/family-picnic. Registration is not compulsory.

“We are so excited to host these upcoming family events in June,” says Muscatine Art Center program coordinator Katy Loos. “The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater has always been an excellent partner and we are delighted to have them back for this bilingual show. We are also happy to offer another family picnic on our beautiful grounds. It’s always a pleasure to see muscatine families come to visit us!

For a full schedule of events, programs and classes for the month of June and beyond, visit www.muscatineartcenter.org or visit the Muscatine Art Center Facebook page.