"Summer Festival Days" at the Springfield Museums will continue with African Safari Week from July 17 through 20.
"Summer Festival Days" programs are sponsored by Bank of America and the Eugene A. Dexter Charitable Fund through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted. Tuesday through Friday each week: Live animal demonstrations, Wed. & Fri., 11:30 a.m.-noon, Science Museum. Hands-on Family Science Adventures, Tues. & Thurs., noon-3 p.m.; Wed. & Fri., 1-3:45 p.m., Science Museum. Planetarium shows, 11:15 a.m., noon, 1 & 2 p.m., Science Museum (additional fee). Crafts and Costumes, noon-3:45 p.m., Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center, G.W.V. Smith Art Museum. Pan for fossils and gemstones at the "Museum Mining Company" (additional fee) Week of July 17-20 – African Safari Week Tuesday, July 17 The Small Planet Dancers perform traditional dances, including a tribal dance, Rhythms of the Highlife, a tribute to Nelson Mandela, a Cane Dance and others, 12:30 p.m. Make an African mask, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 The Magpie Puppets present "Leopard Learns a Lesson." In this story, adapted from an African tale from Malawi, Rabbit, Elephant and Rhinoceros join together to teach Leopard that cooperation works better than intimidation, 12:30 p.m. Make an African mask, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, July 19 See an improvisational performance by young people from the Williston Memorial Summer Theater Program, 11 a.m. Make a safari animal, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, July 20 Teaching Creatures will introduce you to some live animals, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Make a safari animal, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Future programs in the "Summer Festival Days" series are: July 24-27 – The Magic of Science July 31-August 3 – Here Be Dragons August 7-10 – Summer Circus August 14-17 – Ancient Culture Quest