The Springfield Sister Cities Association is inviting the public to celebrate spring and culture at the Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., in Springfield, Missouri.
The free event, which is open to all ages, highlights Springfield’s sister city relationship with Isesaki, Japan, and Tlaquepaque, Mexico.
Visitors can bring a kite to fly on the great lawn or build and decorate one for $5. Festival-goers can also enjoy Japanese and Mexican performances and activities, and little ones can try their hand at breaking piñatas filled with candy.
As part of the festivities, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden will include free admission from 10 a.m.to 7 p.m. The Stroll Garden is open daily from March 30 through October 31, with admission regularly $4 per person.
Formed in 1985, the 7.5-acre Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is the oldest attraction at the Springfield Botanical Gardens. It is an authentic representation of traditional Japanese landscape design featuring a large koi pond, moon bridge, meditation garden and tea house. The Stroll Garden is maintained through Springfield’s partnership with Isesaki, Japan, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Friends of the Garden.
Newly installed concrete pathways in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden are part of the first phase of the Stroll Garden’s planned improvements, and will be featured during the event.
For more information, visit peacethroughpeople.org/cherry-blossom or call 417.874.2962.