‘Grug and the Rainbow’

Grug is a classic fictional character from children’s books by Australian author Ted Prior. Originally published between 1979 and 1992, the books are now being republished for a new generation of fans.

Just what is Grug? A squat little guy who looks like a tiny striped haystack, Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree and is fascinated by the world around him.

“Grug and the Rainbow” features beautifully crafted puppetry and “gentle storytelling,” following Grug as he begins an epic journey to find the rainbow that always seems just out of reach. Full of determination, Grug never gets discouraged and manages plenty of surprises along the way.

See “Grug and the Rainbow” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Temple Theater, at Tenth and Locust Streets in downtown’s Western Gateway. Tickets are $10.

A special sensory-friendly performance will be held earlier, at 11 a.m., designed for those on the spectrum and other atypical learners. The same show will be presented, with adjustments made to light and sound. A variety of seating accommodations will also be made, as well as ASL interpretation. Tickets for this show are $5.

Purchase tickets for both performances at desmoinesperformingarts.org.

Celebrate an old-fashioned Easter at Living History Farms

Travel back in time and see what an old-fashioned Easter celebration looked like when Living History Farms hosts its Family Easter Party this Saturday.

The first 1,000 visitors will receive a free breakfast wrap, and everyone can enjoy free pop and popcorn. Visit with townsfolk from the 1875 town of Walnut Hill as they open their doors for visitors.

Send the kids on a Toy Hunt and visit Preschool Bunnyland for the littlest ones. You can also play traditional…