Springfield Museums celebrate Summer Festival Days

Date: 7/7/2009

SPRINGFIELD The Springfield Museums' Summer Festival Days will continue July 13 through 17 with "Bubble Mania." Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

July 13: Make a bubble ornament, noon to 3:45 p.m.

July 14: Performance: Mike Dorval, the "Boston Bubble Guy," 1 p.m.

July 15: Meet "TAM," the Transparent Anatomical Manikin, 11:30 a.m.; performance: "The Secret World of Bubbles" by Keith Michael Johnson, 1 p.m.

July 16: Create a bubble collage or foam sculpture, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

July 17: Meet "TAM," the Transparent Anatomical Manikin, 11:30 a.m.; Performance: "Bubble Mania: Effervescent Entertainment," by Casey Carle, 1 p.m.

On a daily basis, see:

The special exhibit "Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body" (additional fee)

Hands-on Family Science Adventures, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Planetarium shows, 11:15 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m., Science Museum (additional fee)

Crafts and Costumes in the Art Discovery Center, noon to 3:45 p.m.

Art activities, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Tuesday through Friday)

Future programs in the "Summer Festival Days" series are:

July 20 - 24: Magnificent Magic

July 27 - 31: Celebrate Mexico

Aug. 3 - 7: Grimm's Fairy Tales

Aug. 10 - 14: Weird and Wacky Science

"Summer Festival Days" are funded in part by Western Massachusetts Electric Company.


The following summer schedule of planetarium shows at the Springfield Science Museum will be in effect through Aug. 30.


11:15 a.m.: Splendors of the Summer Sky

Noon: Magic Sky (ages three to seven)

1 p.m.: Oceans in Space (ages seven and up)

2 p.m.: Stars Around the Campfire (ages eight and up)

Planetarium tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for ages three to 17, in addition to museum admission. Tickets are free for members of the Springfield Museums.

The Springfield Museums are located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards St. in downtown Springfield. Free parking is available in the Edwards Street parking lots.

Summer hours are Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Science Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students, $5 for children three to 17, and free for children under three and museum members. General admission is free for Springfield residents with proof of address. The fee provides admission to all four museums and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.

For information, call 263-6800 or go to www.springfieldmuseums.org.