Springfield Museums announce 2014 Summer Spectacular lineup

Date: 6/18/2014

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Museums have announced the schedule for their annual Summer Spectacular Family Series, which runs from July 7 through Aug. 15.

Every Monday through Friday, families visiting the Quadrangle can look forward to a schedule packed with hands-on art and science activities, live reptile demonstrations, and family entertainment for all ages.

All programs and performances are free with admission unless otherwise noted. The 2014 premier sponsor is MassMutual.

The centerpiece of the six-week series is the array of top-tier family performers from around the northeast, appearing in the Davis Auditorium every Wednesday through Friday at 1 p.m. This year’s slate includes a mini-residency by the Tanglewood Marionettes, who will perform every Thursday during the Spectacular, a performance by The Pop-Ups, a Grammy-nominated duo from Brooklyn, New York, as well as Mister G, Casey Carle of BubbleMania, and host of others. A full schedule of performers and dates are listed at www.springfieldmuseums.org.

Other highlights include live reptile demonstrations with creatures from the Science Museum’s Solutia Live Animal Center on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m., interactive “Music in the Museums” programs for parents and children ages birth to 5, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and Dinosaur Trivia, Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Interactive fun is a hallmark of the Museums’ family programs, and this summer’s schedule includes Hands-on Activity Carts, which are mobile learning stations staffed by museum educators – available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – and activity and dress-up stations in the Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center, which takes place daily, noon to 4 p.m.

The six-week Spectacular also features daily planetarium shows (additional fee required) and impromptu science demonstrations by the Roving Scientist at the Museum’s Family Science Adventures Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

General admission is free for members and Springfield residents with proof of address, and is good for admission to all four Springfield Museums. Effective July 1, general admission is $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and college students, $9.50 for children 3 to 17, and free for children younger than 3 and museum members.

Summer hours for the Springfield Museums are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., effective June 30.

For more information, call 263-6800 ext. 488.