Dia de Los Muertos Festival at the Nelson-Atkins Museum

Having fun with those on the other side of the veil is nothing new. Kids are enchanted with the friendly purple bat known as “Vampirina” on Disney Junior television. In Lawrence, people look forward to the “Zombie Walk” where everyone from senior citizens to babies in strollers lumbers up and down Massachusetts Street, trailing winding sheets and body parts, but still obeying the traffic signals. The Dia de Los Muertos Festival at the Nelson-Atkins Museum honors the Mexican tradition of celebrating those who have gone before with two events, both family-oriented. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday evening, November 2, an adult with a child from ages 6 to 13 can first visit the amazing altar installation at Kirkwood Hall to learn about Day of the Dead symbolism, then create their own “calaca” or playful skeleton print (reservations required). From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, kids and their families can engage in the art, music, and culture of this Mexican festival. 

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