April Vacation Week at the Springfield Museums

April Vacation Week at the Springfield Museums

While visiting the Springfield Museums, check out one of the newest installations, GameLand, an exhibit that teaches visitors about the history of games in American culture and also the thinking and learning behind the basics of many classic games. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

The Springfield Museums’ usual array of family activities is broader than ever during school vacation week!  Along with the museums’ many family-friendly exhibits and galleries, there will be several performances, special events, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more!

The museum is currently hosting an exhibit titled, “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors,” which will be open throughout the week – families can learn about the habitat of many different types of frogs and how their adaptations reflect where they live.

Daily at 1pm, there will be kids’ concerts and performances, featuring interactive music from Brian Gillie, an artistic hip-hop dance performance by Poetry in Motion, and a concert of Indonesian gamelan music.  Families will also be able to participate in scavenger hunts, see planetarium shows, create art projects related to current exhibits, and learn about science from the museums’ Roving Scientist!

Daily performance schedule includes:

  • Monday, April 16 – Song, Dance, and the Possibilities by Brian Gillie.
  • Tuesday, April 17 – Fascinatin’ Rhythms by Cornell “Sugarfoot” Coley.
  • Wednesday, April 18 – Hip Hop Dimensions by the Poetry in Motion Crew.
  • Thursday, April 19 – The Bramble Jam.
  • Friday, April 20 – Music, Masks and Dance of Bali, Indonesia by Triple Shadow.

And ongoing activities happening throughout the week include:

  • 10am-4:45pm: Scavenger Hunts in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the Wood Museum of Springfield History
  • 10:30am-1:30pm: Art Activities
  • 11am-2pm: Gallery Science Demonstrations with the Roving Scientist
  • 12noon-3:35pm: Art Discovery Center Activities
  • 11:15am, 12noon, 1pm & 2pm: Planetarium Shows ($)

For a full schedule and admission information, visit the museum’s website at www.springfieldmuseums.org or call 800-263-6800.

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