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Museums Plan April Vacation Week Activities

General Museum News

March 31, 2006

"Swamp Things" will be the theme of April school vacation week activities at the Springfield Museums. The museums will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21. (Science Museum open until 5 p.m.) Activities are free with the price of admission to the Museums unless noted.

April school vacation week programs are sponsored in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Daily at the Science Museum:

- Prospect for gemstones and fossils in the Rushing River Sluice (additional fee)
- Visit the special exhibit Earth Attacks: Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis ($3 fee)
- View art made by elementary school students as part of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra's Firebird project.
- Meet a costumed dinosaur, 11 a.m.
- See some live vernal pool creatures, noon-3:45 p.m.
- "The Heat Is On," an interactive skit about volcanoes, 12:15 & 2 p.m.

Monday, April 17 – Wacky Nature: Natural Disasters

- "The Power of Nature: Stories of Natural Disasters" by storyteller Rona Leventhal, 1 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts
- Make weather-inspired art, noon-3:30 p.m., G.W.V. Smith Art Museum

Tuesday, April 18 – Pond Scum: Algae and Plants

- "Nature in Action" by storyteller Jackson Gillman, 1 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts
- Make a baggie garden to grow at home, noon-3:30 p.m., G.W.V. Smith Art Museum

Wednesday, April 19 – Reptile Kingdom: Swamp Dwellers

- "Earth Rhythms: Songs for the Environment" by musician Roger Tincknell, 1 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts
- Join a dinosaur dig, noon-3:30 p.m., G.W.V. Smith Art Museum

Thursday, April 20 – Leave it to Beaver

- "Animals of the Wetlands" – Nature photographer Mark Picard demonstrates his amazing swamp raft, used to photograph swamp animals, 1 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts
- Make a moose mask, noon-3:30 p.m., G.W.V. Smith Art Museum

Friday, April 21 – Stop Bugging Me! Insects of the Wetlands
- Sparky's Puppets perform "Bug Tales," 1 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts
- Make a dragonfly stick puppet, noon-3:30 p.m., G.W.V. Smith Art Museum
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