Family Night: Paint Your Día de los Muertos Skull Planter

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Family Night: Paint Your Día de los Muertos Skull Planter

October 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration opens October 8, 2021 at 8:00 am.

On Day of the Dead each year, people place sugar skulls on graves and altars in honor of their deceased loved ones. These colorful skulls are symbols of the Day of the Dead or Día de Los Muertos, a festival that’s all about celebrating death and remembering one’s family members. For this month’s Family Night, kids are invited to create their own calavera planters with paint and paint pens, and they’ll even get a tiny plant to take home with their planter! An alternative craft for younger kids will be offered–watercolor monarch butterflies because Day of the Dead occurs when the monarchs appear in Mexico. According to traditional belief, the monarchs are the souls of ancestors who are returning to Earth for their annual visit. We will learn more about the holiday with books and short films as well. Registration for this event is encouraged so we have enough materials for the craft.

This event is open to the public.


October 27, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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