The Springfield Museums will celebrate April Vacation Week with “Feel the Beat,” a week of family-friendly musical performances, art activities, science demonstrations, and scavenger hunts. Activities will take place Monday through Friday from April 16 to 20 and are free with admission unless noted.
Scheduled Performances, 1 pm
- Monday, April 16 – Song, Dance, and the Possibilities by Brian Gillie – Kids and adults alike will have a chance to join the fun when Brian needs help completing a musical phrase or funky move.
- Tuesday, April 17 – Fascinatin' Rhythms by Cornell “Sugarfoot” Coley – This one-man, interactive program begins with "Sugarfoot" introducing the idea of the body as the first instrument, then playing small instruments meant for travel – the musical bow, talking drum, families of bells, and shakers – and moving on to larger drums. The audience is invited to participate as the show wraps up with a boisterous carnival of drumming and dancing.
- Wednesday, April 18 – Hip Hop Dimensions by the Poetry in Motion Crew – This talented collection of dancers inspires youth to think of Hip Hop and Break Dancing as a positive outlet for artistic expression. The audience will learn the history, culture, and dance styles of Hip Hop. The Poetry in Motion Crew performs in schools throughout New England and presents age-appropriate family performances.
- Thursday, April 19 – The Bramble Jam – A kid-friendly blend of original rock-n-roll and indie rock songs written and performed by a group of parents and musicians.
- Friday, April 20 – Music, Masks and Dance of Bali, Indonesia by Triple Shadow – A live demonstration of gamelan music played on gongs, cymbals, chimes and drums, plus songs, dance, and theater traditions from Bali.
- Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, a variety of exotic live frogs from around the world on view in fifteen different habitats filled with rock ledges, live plants and waterfalls. ($5 special exhibit fee for all visitors ages 3 and up in addition to museum admission.)
- Scavenger Hunts, 10 am-4:45 pm – Explore the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the Wood Museum of Springfield History you look for objects on the scavenger hunt lists.
- Art Activities, 10:30 am-1 pm – Design your own plush frog or a jeweled butterfly ornament.
- Gallery Science Demonstrations, 11 am-2 pm – Keep an eye out for the Roving Scientist. You never know where they might be and what kind of demonstration they have in store for you.
- Art Discovery Center Activities, noon-3:45 pm – Make art projects, try on costumes, discover your Chinese zodiac sign, and be inspired by colorful, hand-painted murals.
- Planetarium Shows, 11:15 am, noon, 1 & 2 pm (additional fee)