Celebrate Earth Day at Rotary Gardens
Wander the Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville, during their “Earth Day Around the World” event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free admission to the gardens and community exhibitors celebrate Earth Day along with free hands-on children’s activities, games, programs and face painting. Spend the whole day and grab lunch from one of the food trucks at the event. A live animal program, Zoozort, is the highlight of the day with shows at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m.; admission to the show is $3/person, ages 3 and over.
More information: www.rotarybotanicalgardens.org/event/earth-day; or phone 608-752-3885.
and Family Day
“Let’s Go Crazy,” put on a “Raspberry Beret,” jump in a “Little Red Corvette” and head over to Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, Minn., for their tribute exhibit to Prince a year after his death. Featuring the iconic suit he wore in “Purple Rain,” the exhibit also contains recently acquired handwritten lyrics for a 1977 never-released song, artifacts from Prince’s career, and memorial items. Located in the first-floor lobby, there is no cost to view the items 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, this week only.
While you’re there, explore the hands-on interactive exhibits in the History Center — climb through a grain elevator in “Grainland,” experience what it’s like in a tornado in “Weather Permitting,” learn what it was like as an immigrant to the Midwest in “Open House: If These Walls Could Talk,” or ride a Twin Cities streetcar, go underground into an Iron Range mine, sit in a tipi and more in the “Then Now Wow” exhibit. Visit the recently opened “WW I America” exhibit and view original artifacts while learning how the war transformed America into a world leader. Admission to the History Center is free for children 4 and younger, and ranges from $6 to $12 for children 5 and older to adults.
A Family Day event, “Lions, Puppets, Parades,” is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, and is included in the price of admission to the History Center. Artists from the Twin Cities’ Asian Pacific communities, including Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Hmong and Vietnamese, highlight their traditions and celebrate friendship, diversity and unity with performances, displays and hands-on crafts. You can make a dragon puppet or a rakhi friendship bracelet, and then join a Chinese lion dancer special workshop and parade!
More information: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org; or phone 651-259-3000.
Arts and plants
in Clark County
Tour the Clark County countryside as spring awakens. Explore on self-guided tours of Bloomin’ Greenhouses, now through October, and artisan studios during Spring into the Arts 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Clark County boasts 20 greenhouses on their Bloomin’ Greenhouses Tour. You’ll find a wide variety of flowers, vegetables, plants, trees and more in stock.
More than 35 local artisans open their studios to visitors during the Spring into the Arts Tour. Jewelers, potters, weavers, painters, metal artists, woodworkers, quilters, photographers and more welcome you to take an inside look at their workplaces and inspirations. Purchase art directly from the source.
Clark County is also home to The Highground Veterans Memorial Park, W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville.
More information, lodging and dining options, and maps for both tours are available at www.clarkcountytourismwi.com/special-events.html; or phone 715-255-9100.
— Robyn Norton