If critters that crawl don’t scare you, join this interactive program. Bruce Giebink shares facts about insects and related arthropods in a hands-on program. There’s even a chance to see bugs up close. 11 a.m. today. Free. Lake Elmo Library, 3537 Lake Elmo Av. washcolib.libcal.com.
Inspired by the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wis., Twin Cities Model Railroad hosts a Circus Train exhibit this weekend. The O-scale model has festive displays and a staged parade with a whirring circus train that rolls throughout the layout. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today; noon-5 p.m. Sun. $10, ages 4 and under free. Twin City Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Road, St. Paul. tcmrm.org.
Grab the pooch and the kids for a day of art fun. For the California Building’s second Saturday open studios event, dogs are welcome. Take a self-guided tour and visit with local artists. There will be a photo contest and swag bags for the first 100 visitors. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Free. 2205 NE. California St., Mpls. californiabuilding.com.
Families and flowers
The vibrant hues and fragrances of flowers will fill the Minneapolis Art Institute for Art in Bloom. Walk through the galleries and take in the breathtaking floral displays that complement works of art. Sunday is family day with special arts activities. Also, this is the closing weekend of the exhibit “Egypt’s Sunken Cities,” which features sculptures and artifacts found in the Mediterranean Sea. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., family day activities until 1:30 p.m. Free admission; free-$20 for “Egypt’s Sunken Cities.” 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. artsmia.org.
The lawn of the James J. Hill House is hiding a plethora of eggs for children to find. Celebrate the birth of spring with an outdoor egg hunt as the Hill children did in 1898. Hear stories about Easter holidays past, tour the Gilded Age home and enjoy a snack. 10 a.m. Sun. $8. James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Av., St. Paul. mnhs.org.