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Museum's Art in Bloom lines up family activities

Posted April 6
Updated April 7

Guests to the museum's Still Life members opening were invited to make their own still-life inspired floral arrangements, courtesy of the staff of the Watered Garden.

For the second year, the N.C. Museum of Art will host Art in Bloom, a four-day festival of art and flowers. The event, which features 56 floral masterpieces inspired by the museum's permanent collection, runs through Sunday.

The festival offers all sorts of activities - including some for families. Here's what's on tap for those of us bringing kids:

  • Origami and Paper Flower Art, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Drop in to the museum plaza for this free event. Participants fold, crease, and transform paper into water lilies and other sculptural flowers.
  • Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. West Building. Free with Art in Bloom admission. Drop in. Visitors pick up a scavenger hunt card at the Information Desk in West Building and follow the clues to find fragrant flowers and artful treasures in the galleries.
  • Family Tour Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, in the West Building. Free with Art in Bloom admission. No reservations required. The 45-minute interactive tour is designed for kids ages 5 to 11 and their adult companions.
  • Parent-Child Floral Workshop with Cydney Davis English, 2 p.m., Sunday, in the East Building. $25 for museum members, $35 for non-members. Participants learn flower care while creating a floral design in pottery and making colorful connections between art and flowers using a vibrant palette inspired by works of art in the museum’s collection. Appropriate for all ages and abilities. Extra fee applies for additional children.

Tickets to Art in Bloom are $10 for art museum members and $15 for non-members. Admission is free for children 6 and under. During the four days of Art in Bloom, tickets will be required for admission to the permanent collection in the Museum's West Building. East Building and the Museum Park will remain open and free to visitors.

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