Family Activities & Programs

Family enjoys face painting on the Museum grounds.

Museum Activities

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden are just two of the amazing offerings at the Springfield Museums. Not only are there five museums total, there are so many events and activities all summer long. Please see below for our June Celebration of the Dr. Seuss Museum and our Summer Spectacular activities.

Family Events

The Springfield Museums One Admission, Five Museums
Hours Tues-Sat 10 am – 5 pm. Sun 11 am – 5pm. Open seven days a week starting June 26 through August 11: Mon-Sat 10 am – 5 pm. Sun. 11 am – 5pm. Timed tickets required for the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, for reservations Springfieldmuseums.org

Special events for families all summer long, including Free Fun Friday, June 30th, thanks to a grant from the Highland Street Foundation.

Seussian Family Fun on Saturdays

The Mad Dash on Mulberry Street, June 17, A silly, not-at-all-chilly, just-a-little-hilly family 5 K co-presented with the Hartford Marathon Foundation. 8:30 am Fit Kids Run, 9 am 5K, 7:30-11 am activities on the Quadrangle, 10 am Character Breakfast ($12) Registration required hartfordmarathon.com.

WGBY Day, June 24, 10-5, co-presented with WGBY Television for Western New England. Featuring PBS characters, the Cat in the Hat, hands-on art and more.

Character Breakfasts, June 11, 18, 25, 9-11, Meet the Cat in the Hat and his zany sidekicks Thing 1 and Thing 2 while you indulge in tasty treats from the Blake House Cafe. $5 in addition to museum admission. Reservations 413.314.6489.

Springfield Science Museum
In the Once Upon A Time exhibit, children can literally step inside beloved stories from around the globe with a hands-on exhibit that brings favorite multicultural fairy tales to life. From an African jungle to a giant's castle, visitors to Once Upon a Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales, will enter the larger-than-life pages of seven favorite fairy tales from around the world. The tales include: Anansi and the Talking Melon, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Jack and the Beanstalk, Lon Po Po, and Thumbelina. (Through September 3)

Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Chagall for Children: Children and families will delight in learning through play in the whimsical and interactive exhibition, Chagall for Children, which includes audio recordings and hands-on interactive elements. At different stations throughout the exhibit, visitors can create mosaics, use touch screens to digitally alter Chagall’s masterpieces, conduct symphonies, and through the magic of video, they can even insert themselves into one his paintings. (Opens June 27-September 17)

George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
Turtle Power! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Samurai Heroes. Drawn from Elias Derby’s extensive collection of original artwork from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and displayed alongside traditional Japanese prints of samurai warriors and warrior weapons from the Springfield Museums’ collection, this exhibit compares and contrasts the modern-day ninja with those from the time of the Japanese samurai (1185-1867). (Extended by popular demand through September 3)

Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
Crossing the Country to Cross Barriers, The Van Buren Sisters Ride into History: A tribute to two sisters who wanted to prove women could help the military during combat operations. Although many newspapers published articles criticizing the sisters for leaving their proper roles as housewives this trip gained national attention and helped support the Women’s Suffrage movement active at that time.(through July 30)

Indian Motocycle Day: Sunday, July 23, 9 am- 3 pm Annual outdoor motorcycle show and rally. See classic Springfield-built Indians, browse vendor booth, and mingle with motorcycle fans from around the country. $10 adults, $5 children 3-17 (includes admission to the Museum of Springfield History), free for members or with paid admission.
Summer Spectacular 2017

Family Series * July 1-August 11

Summer Spectacular Family Series July 5-August 11: Enjoy six weeks packed with entertainment, art, and science for the whole family—plus opportunities to meet the Cat in the Hat in person! All activities are FREE with admission. Full schedules available at SpringfieldMuseums.org

MONDAYS: Cat in the Hat: Get a high five from Dr. Seuss’s mischief-maker. Face painting: Transform into a butterfly, superhero, jungle creature and more.

TUESDAYS: Zoo on the Go: Meet animals from the Forest Park Zoo. Movies at the Museum: Family, animated films.

WEDNESDAYS: Bubble Party: Dance and sing along to kid-friendly music in a cascade of bubbles.

THURSDAYS: Magic & Music: Strolling magicians and live performances by the region’s best children’s entertainers.

FRIDAYS: Tanglewood Marionettes: Puppetteers-in-residence perform a different classic tale each week.

Plus art activities in the Hasbro Games Art Discover Center, Planetarium Shows (additional fee), and Family Science Adventures)

SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Family Science Adventures Daily 11 am–2 pm - Explore the Science Museum and find the Roving Scientist. You never know what kind of demonstrations and hands-on activities are in store for you!

Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center Daily Noon–4 pm-4:00 Try on costumes and play gallery games. Stop in for a different Suess or Chagall-themed project each week.

July 1–8 Design a Super Dee Dooper Bird and Coordinating Egg –
July 9–15 Decorate a Silly Mini-Hat
July 16–22 Make a Dreamy Portrait
July 23–29 Stained Glass Windows
July 30–August 5 -Decorate a Rabbit with Color Sticks
August 6–12 Make a Gertrude McFuzz

PRESENTATIONS

Planetarium Shows
Members free; $3 adults, $2 ages 17 and under, plus museum admission
11:15 am The Night Sky
Noon The Magic
1 pm Oceans in Space
2 pm Mystery of the Disappearing Dinosaurs

Family Art Tours
Mondays, 1–1:30 pm D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
July 10: Jeweled Objects of Desire
July 17: Marc Chagall and Friends
July 24: Radiant Abstractions
July 31: Chagall for Children
August 7: Jeweled Objects of Desire