RANCHO MIRAGE, CA – Sunnylands is inviting the public to a free Family Day that celebrates its current exhibition, A Place at the Table: Dining at Sunnylands, which explores various Sunnylands gatherings with a showcase of the exquisite china, linens, and tableware that Walter and Leonore Annenberg used over the decades to entertain their notable guests.
The Annenbergs “understood the impact of thoughtful hospitality in an intimate setting,” said the exhibition’s curator, Anne Rowe, director of heritage at Sunnylands. “This exhibition celebrates the tradition of gathering people together around a table where personal relationships can blossom.”
In that vein, Sunnylands is welcoming friends and families to bring a picnic and enjoy the gardens free of charge on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include:
- Tai chi for children and families from 10-10:30 a.m. Begin the day in the gardens with a lesson of tai chi specifically adapted for children and families. This is a drop-in activity; reservations are not required.
- Plein air painting: Grab an easel and create a masterpiece inspired by the gardens and the natural environment. Then, hang your work in the gardens or take it home with you. This is a drop-in, self-led activity. Easels and paint supplies are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are permitted to bring their own paint supplies.
- Learn about the art of calligraphy and create your own place card, guided by members of the Society for Calligraphy, Southern California.
- Design a cloth napkin by printing your own unique pattern on it.
- Share your favorite family recipes with others.
- Enjoy toys and games on the Great Lawn.
- Browse books in the Center.
Several activities take place outdoors, weather permitting. Sun protection and water are recommended.
Sunnylands Center & Gardens is located at 37977 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage.