The W.H. Stark House, Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will participate in the 10th Annual Art in the Park Festival to be held at Stark Park in downtown Orange, Texas. On Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., booths will offer fun, family-friendly activities and information on each venue.

The W.H. Stark House will host an activity booth with an Easter basket project for children of all ages that highlights the current exhibition of Easter décor which will be on display in the House through April 13, 2012. The staff will also provide complimentary magnets, notepads and have large Easter themed images from the Dining Room to give visitors a glimpse of the special, seasonal table setting. In addition, The W.H. Stark House is introducing a Kids Activity Booklet. This four-page booklet will help children ages 10 and older enjoy their tour of The House by providing exciting historical information in an easy to understand format.

First-floor tours of The W.H. Stark House will be offered for $2 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to visitors age ten years and older. Tours of the second and third levels of The Stark House will not be offered during the Art in the Park festival.

Stark Museum of Art will host an art-making booth at Art in the Park and will offer free family activities inside the Museum. At the booth, visitors will create works of art to take home. Inside the Museum, attendees can go on a scavenger hunt through the galleries and win a prize or take a family-friendly tour of the Museum’s collection. Docents will provide information to attendees on the art, including the current exhibit From Russia: Fechin and Gaspard in the Southwest, which will be on display through June 2, 2012. Although family activities at Art in the Park will conclude at 3:00 p.m., the Museum will remain open until 5:00 p.m. and is free for all ages.

Nature enthusiasts will want to stop by the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center’s booth. Shangri La’s booth will feature Soil Painting where children will be given different colors of soil to place on glue-covered paper to make a beautiful painting. This work of art can be taken home. Also, after visiting Art in the Park, attendees are invited to tour the gardens of Shangri La and take an Outpost Tour along Adams Bayou.

For more information about Art in the Park Festival, sponsored by the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau, visit

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