Discover the Plumed Serpent exhibit at the DMA

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Codex Nuttall, Mexico, Western Oaxaca, Mixtec, 15th–16th century, deerskin, gesso, pigments, Trustees of the British Museum, London, photo © The Trustees of the British Museum / Art Resource, NY

This Sunday, the Dallas Museum of Art will debut its latest exhibit, The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico, and the museum is inviting families to a sneak peak the day before its official opening. So take the kids to the WFAA Family First Day at the Dallas Museum of Art on Saturday, July 28, and get in for free from 11am–5pm and enjoy a load of free activities for the kids.

You’ll see 150 rare works from ancient kingdoms of Mesoamerica and their patron deity, Quetzalcoatl, called the “plumed serpent.” The Codex Zouche-Nuttall, shown above, is a two-sided pictorial document made from deerskin. (Click on image to enlarge.)

In programs throughout the day, kids can create a rain stick and animal-inspired jewelry, learn all about songwriting and Latin rhythms, watch Ollimpaxqui dancers, and join the cast from the Dallas Theater Center’s Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat in an acting workshop. WFAA’s Shelly Slater and meteorologist Steve McCauley will be on hand to tell stories and talk about storms, cloud seeding and how to measure rainfall.

Visit the Dallas Museum of Art site for a complete schedule or call 214/922-1803 for more information. The exhibit will be on view through November 25.

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